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Book of Burial – Maiden Reference of Feng Shui

fengshui transparentYou have always hear about the word Feng Shui  风水 which literally means Wind Water but do you know it’s origin?

Before the word Feng Shui was coined, it was known with other names such as KanYu. then when Guo Pu wrote this book to define the Qi or energy in Feng Shui he explains it inside Zhang Shu or Book of Burial.

Briefly the book is divided into 3 major chapters. They are the Inner Chapter, Outer Chapter and the Miscellaneous Chapter.

Here is the Table of Contents of the Book:

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Yin Feng Shui Series – Making of A President

Ms Tsai Ing Wen, the new president of Taiwan was said to have benefited from the ancestral Feng Shui or Burial Feng Shui. In Feng Shui terminology, it is known as Yin House Feng Shui 陰宅風水. It is called Yin because it is Feng Shui for the deceased & buried under the ground.

This video is a documentary about the history of the parents Feng Shui and some description about the land forms in Mandarin. Her father was a car mechanic and became very rich after his father passed away and had the Feng Shui done by a Feng Shui Master back then in Taiwan.

This is one of the many stories of people enhancing their life with proper Yin Feng Shui done. The land selection criteria is very important in Yin Feng Shui & this is the key to the success of a Yin Feng Shui formation.

Her father’s grave was once planted as a Life Grave or known as 種生基, which later was converted to a Grave after his demise. It was all done with the hope to help the daughter to be someone great in life. You can see very strong Mountain Qi surrounding this tomb.

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Ancestral Hall Feng Shui

Chinese founded the art of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the art of harnessing good earth energy or Qi to prosper human beings. This has lead to the founding of Yin Feng Shui or Burial Feng Shui and the main objective is to benefit their descendants in health, wealth, descendant luck, relationship, achievements etc.

Later this art found it’s way to Living Feng Shui or Yang Feng Shui which means houses, offices, temples, palace, city and so on. This came about because Chinese believe there are also Qi above the ground that can be used to benefit Live people.

Essentially, humans are made of energies and we receive and emit energies despite that we may not be aware of it because we cannot smell it, feel it or see it.

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Modern Ancestral Hall

But why temples and ancestral halls? They are neither alive nor dead, they are just statues or plaque. How does it relate to Feng Shui? How does it benefit the descendants?

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Yin Zhai Feng Shui & Life Grave

The word ‘Feng Shui’ derived during the reign of Jin Dynasty (265 – 420AD) when Guo Pu, the author of the book Zhang Jing (Study of Burial Ground) first used it. In the book he says, “The travel of Qi is conducted by air and water. When the air is dispersed, the Qi too is dispersed; when the water is stagnant, the Qi too is stagnant.”

Feng Shui can be classified into the Theory School, which has three different aspects: The San He, The San Yuan and The Nine Star and The Form School with its emphasis on the study of landscaping. The Theory School was practiced more in the North and Central China while The Form School in the South. After the Ming Dynasty they were merged as one to give a wholesome picture and study of Feng Shui, which was until then sort of incomplete.

The entire knowledge of Feng Shui can be divided into Yin and Yang Feng Shui. Yin Feng Shui refers to the study of the Feng Shui of grave sites and burial grounds; whereas Yang Feng Shui refers to the study of Feng Shui of residences and commercial dwellings for living persons.

In the olden days, there was no demarcation on the studies of Yin and Yang Feng Shui as the theories were interconnected and intertwined. Therefore, the complete study of Feng Shui must consist of both Yin and Yang Feng Shui, which are inseparable. We must however remember that Yang Feng Shui is not necessarily derived from Yin Feng Shui and vice versa.

Nowadays, most Feng Shui masters only learn one part on Yang Feng Shui and not the entire knowledge of Feng Shui. In order to be a complete Feng Shui master, one must know both the theories and applications of Yin and Yang Feng Shui.

 

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Yin Zhai Feng Shui (陰宅凤水)

Yin Zhai or Burial Feng Shui is one of them most intriguing part of Feng Shui since all Feng Shui studies originate from here.

The most famous classic book of all times is the Book of Burial by Master Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty.

The study of Yin Feng Shui is extensive but primarily is the study of land forms but all these study of land forms in the end is to explain 2 words and that is Feng Shui. Then from here the application portion has seen many schools practicing differently. There are masters from the San He school, San Yuan school and even masters using 8 Mansion and Bazi Feng Shui method to bury the deceased. Some even use symbolic method like building a lion on the grave. All of them emphasize different aspects of burial.

Example, how & where they place the Guardian God (后土) is different between San He and San Yuan schools.

It is in the Chinese culture as well in the practice of Feng Shui that if you bury the deceased in the right location and direction, the descendants can proper to have riches and power. If bury on the wrong land, accidents, poor health and jail terms can happen to the descendants  How true is it, to many folks remains a mystery but to those who have witness it’s results understands how it works.

I had the privilege to follow Master Francis Leyau in one of the recent class on Yin Zhai (April 2013) and undoubtedly there are many knowledge one must possess to be able to obtain the result of the burial. From land selection, finding the dragon, the neck, the head & the lair (穴) is indeed not easy. Just erecting the head stone alone, there are so many factors to take care and look into it.

It was interesting when Master Leyau explains how and why ancient Chinese built graves in this way as opposed to modern graves as shown on the photo on the right side which is square. There is a meaning based on the study of Feng Shui why round graves are preferred.

Traditional Grave vs Modern Grave

Here are some photos from the trip:

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The Journey of Feng Shui is indeed like a journey of 1000 miles but if you find the right master you can cut your journey by half but you still have to walk 100 miles first to find the master. This is just a metaphor based on my experience. Feng shui is a subject that you need a real Master to guide and show you how to tie what is written in the Classics to actual practical. Only a master who has walked the distance can show you the right from wrong.

I considered my self lucky in this sense to have met and learnt from Master Leyau. I have seen so many people that have given up Feng shui because they have not been able to learnt the correct method and hence either did not get the results or half the time works and the other half don’t. Some after learning 10 years had to get other services to correct their Feng shui after their business failed. Isn’t it sad that they cannot even get their Feng Shui correct after spending all the years and money learning from their masters ?

This problem primarily comes from 2 major sources. One either the master is too young and had not done enough audits and practical work or they themselves read from the books or so called self studied masters. You can buy plenty of books cheaply in Hong Kong and Taiwan if you could read Chinese. The worst author are those who reads many books and compile them into a 3rd books. The source of knowledge is completely untraceable. This is very dangerous since they cannot tell what is right from wrong, they just assumed that their understanding of the classic is correct.