尊经派 Zun Jing Pai – Respect the Classics School

INTRODUCTION – The Antique School

This lecture is designed to orientate the student to the historical and current world view of Feng Shui.  The synthesis more than two millennia ago in the ‘Golden Age’ of the Han Dynasty; fragmentation one thousand years later in the Tang and Song Dynasties; the more recent attempts at consolidation in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, right through to the modern era and the spread to the Western World and Southern Hemispheres.

The importance of Canonical literature study, the transmission of knowledge and translation is examined.

Next, the life and achievements of Guo Pu, the grandfather of Feng Shui, are discussed along with his role as the originator of the Zun Jing Pai ‘Antique School’ of Feng Shui.  His manuscript the Zang Shu ‘Burial Book’, foundation of all Feng Shui knowledge, is introduced.  Its key concepts and methods are investigated with contributions from other works upon which he was known to have written commentaries including – the mytho-geographical guidebook Shan Hai Jing ‘Mountain and Sea Classic’, the encyclopaedic dictionary Er Ya ‘Approaching Refinement’ in addition to Confucian Classics, such as the divination text Yi Jing (I Ching) ‘Change Classic’, the Shi Jing ‘Odes Classic’ and the three Li Jing ‘Ritual Classics’.

An analysis of the scope of the system with its hierarchy of practice model is presented, then the applications of the techniques are demonstrated through ancient and contemporary case studies.

UNIT 1

shi ‘configuration’

This unit illustrates essential Classical theory from the Inner Chapter of the Zang Shu and source texts the tools of Feng Shui.

  • Gan Ying ‘Mutual Resonance’ – the sympathetic vibration that governs affect and response. This informs on the subject of diagnosis and remedy in practice.
  • The Qi Cycle – the natural flow and transformations in the environment. The forces that disperse or accumulate this and how they are harnessed.

With these principles in mind the first layer of analysis is introduced – Shi ‘Configurations’ or ‘Forces’.

  • Long Mai ‘Dragon Veins’ their structure, arrangement, categories – functional, resonant and symbolic. The five types of inauspicious mountain and their implications.  Techniques for analysis of mountains.
  • Di Li ‘Geography’ – the native of view of China’s topography and the Feng Shui perspective of the lands beyond.

UNIT 2

xing ‘form’

The unit illustrates essential Classical theory from the Outer Chapter of the Zang Shu and source texts the tools of Feng Shui.

  • The Wu Xing ‘Five Elemental-Phases’ of a site. The balance and absence of elements.
  • The importance of the Chao ‘facing’ – what a site looks toward.

With these principles in mind the second layer of analysis is introduced – Xing ‘Forms’.

  • Xue ‘Point’ – Ridges/branches, guest/host and obtaining qi
  • Shan Long ‘Mountain Dragon’- the anatomy of the body as landscape.
  • Wu Tu ‘Five Soils’ – composition of the desirable and undesirable.
  • Si Xiang ‘Four Images’ – The four vital conditions each of the Cerulean Dragon, Vermillon Bird, White Tiger and Dark Warrior.
  • Shui Long ‘Water Dragons’ – The ten verses on water and their implications.

UNIT 3

fang ‘direction’

The unit illustrates essential Classical theory from the Miscellaneous Chapter of the Zang Shu and source texts the tools of Feng Shui.

  • The principles of Bu ‘Divination’ & Ming ‘Fate’ – how prognostication is effectively applied. The hierarchy of methods and the rules for the combinations of landforms.
  • Units of measure – Ba Gua ‘Eight Diagrams’, Tian Gan ‘Heavenly Stems’, Di Zhi ‘Earthly Branches’ and Xiu ‘Asterisms’
  • Dao De ‘Virtue’ – The moral and ethics of practice.

With these principles in mind the third layer of analysis is introduced – Fang ‘Directions’.

  • Shi Pan ‘Divination Plate’ – use and application, magnetic vs. true north, methods of division.
  • Laws of measurement – Xian Tian ‘Former Heaven’, Hou Tian ‘Later Heaven’, San He ‘Three Combinations’
  • Xia Li ‘1st Dynasty Calendar’ – history, construction and use in timing.