Why "san shan"?

"San shan" means three mountains. The three great religious and philosophical systems which have formed Chinese culture are Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Elements of the first two are to be found in the texts of and commentaries on the Book of Changes; the last of the three entered China late, but greatly influenced Chinese thought and those later philosophers who also turned their attention to the Yi Jing. The Yi Jing is in its way a reflection of the entire course of Chinese philosophy and religious belief, and it provides a stimulating journey into physical and metaphysical reality. Indeed, because of the way in which the Yi Jing impacts upon the subconscious of the seeker, the truths revealed are both universal and profoundly personal.

I chose San Shan because each of these systems of knowledge recognised in the Yi something which could speak across cultures and through time. Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism each expounded and enhanced the pristine structure of the hexagrams and texts in one sense to clarify there own teachings.

The Yi Jing is a unique text in world literature - with its origins in Bronze Age shamanism, it is written in the possibly the world's most ancient surviving textual system. It has been incorporated into the canons of three of the great world religions. In our own epoch, it has been approached by Western thinkers such as the psycho-analyst C.G. Jung and the mathematician Leibniz. It's inner structure continues to reveal illumination for studies as various as the DNA helix and the quanta of particle physics.

"Three mountains" suggested to me associations of awareness, evolution, continuing and nourishment.