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.