Feng Shui; an Ancient Chinese Art and Science
Presented by Bobby Blueblood
Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed some 3,000 years ago in China. This science and art, known as Feng-Shui existed as a practical philosophy even before the Chinese learned to write. The basic binary form of ‘Yin and Yang’ was used by the ancient Chinese to reason out the events of the world around them. The FuXi were the first group of women who put this science and art into writing in the form of Ba-Gua. The Zhou dynasty of China followed a popular book called ‘I-Ching’ which had the Ba-gua in it.
Chinese scholars like Confucius and Lao-Tzu also followed this book which had Feng Shui tips and ideas. Feng Shui is related to the study of Taoism and I-Ching. Feng Shui is the application of the placing of objects inside and outside the house. The root of Feng Shuiis in the I-Ching’s binary language and thus, eastern Feng Shui is extremely technical.
Being so technical it had disheartened many people and shattered their dreams when they were told that their fate could not be changed and what is destined to happen will happen ultimately. At present this type of sarcastic and technical Feng Shui is getting extinct. Although it has undergone many criticisms, this application reached deeply into many people’s lives.
The Feng Shui principles were adopted by the Buddhists scholars combined with their own principles in those times when Buddhism reached China. Many historical Buddhist temples and monasteries are made by keeping the Feng Shui principles in mind; especially those which are located in the mountains of China.
Feng Shui was introduced in the United States during the California gold rush of the 1800s. Many people were seeking their fortune those days but Feng Shui was not accepted by many. After a long gap of 150 years, Feng Shui was reintroduced again in a simpler way called the ‘western Feng Shui’. Many people in the west regarded Feng Shui as a superstition and it was also officially banned in the Republic of China. But it widely spread in many Asian countries.
Feng Shui (also known as ‘Kanyu’) and its practice started in the West Han dynasty around the third century B.C. In the Tang dynasty ruins, we can find evidences of Feng Shui principles applied in selecting auspicious sites as well as of Feng Shui texts somewhere around 888 B.C. The founder of the landscape school of Feng Shui is Master Yang Yun Sang who has left many classical Feng Shui texts. Master Yang pointed out the importance of selecting auspicious sites that has dragon breath and dragon energy to be of place value.
After a century, another Feng Shui school of thought came up known as the ‘Compass Feng Shui School’ and the center of attraction was the master of that school known as Wang Chih, who had a great influence in making the school popular.
In the late nineteenth century, both the schools merged and in this way they gave a body of knowledge of unique depth and wisdom to the world.
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