David Twicken--"Feng Shui is the ancient
art of harmonizing human life with one's environment."
This natural art includes perceiving the influences of land
forms, time, geographical direction and interior design
in a home, office or any living space, Feng Shui offers
methods to generate prosperity, positive relationships,
good health and personal development." * 1.Treasures
of Tao:Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology, Spiritual Qi Gong.
Writers Club Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2002, page xiii.
Raymond Lo--"The subject of Feng Shui
may be described as one which studies the influence of the
environment on human life. The Feng Shui environment falls
into two categories; One is the physical and refers to the
visible and tangible features of our surroundings. The second
type of environment is created by more mysterious and abstract
"directional" influences which are invisible,
but affect human fortune according to place and time."
*2. Feng Shui: The Pillars of Destiny. Times Books International,
Singapore, 2000, pp. 11-13.
Man-Ho Kwok with Joane O'brien--"Feng
Shui is the way of divining yin and yang in the landscape.
Feng Shui literally means wind/water and is the art and
science of reading a landscape so that the buildings for
the living and dead can be sited where the balance of yin
and yang is positive and where the ch'i, the life
breath, can circulate freely." *3. The Elements of
Feng Shui. Barnes & Noble, Inc., New York, 1991, page
Derek Walters-- "The best way to explain
Feng Shui is to think of it as the terrestrial equivalent
of astrology. Thus while astrology, familiar to both Chinese
and western cultures, seeks to find what Fate holds in store
from signs in the skies above us, Feng Shui, its earthbound
counterpart, takes its omens from the earth below. In Feng
Shui observations are made of the hills and streams that
surround a particular spot." *4. The Feng Shui Handbook.
A Practical Guide to Chinese Geomancy. The Aquarian Press,
London, 1991, page 9.
Dr. Jes T. Y. Lim--"Feng Shui is the
practice of selecting and designing the most conducive and
healthy environment to live and work to enhance good health
and longevity. Feng Shui means wind (Feng) and water (Shui).
Originally it was evolved on the encouragement of the Chinese
Imperial Government to study the effect of wind and water
and environment conditions (including landscape) on humans
and especially soldiers on the battle fields. It is to ensure
that humans are living in conducive and healthy buildings
and environment." *5. Feng Shui & Your Health:
A Guide to High Vitality., Heian International, Inc., Torrance,
CA., 1999, page 20.
Roger Green--"Feng Shui is about the
flow (wind) and the containment (water) of Qi in our environment.
Feng Shui in Cantonese literally means Wind & Water
where Wind disperses and Water contains. Feng Shui is also
a study of the way of heaven and earth in relationship to
humans (Kan Yu). With An understanding of Feng Shui comes
the recognition of the vital connection between person and
place, health, success, and happiness." *6. Introduction to
Feng Shui. Feng Shui Design Studio, Sydney, 2000, pp, 3-7.
Lillian Too--"Feng Shui advocates living
in harmony with the earth's environment and its energy
lines, so that there is a proper balance between the forces
of nature. The practice of Feng Shui is concerned with harnessing
the energy lines that are auspicious and some pernicious-and
that these energy lines carry with them either harmony or
discord, health or sickness, prosperity or poverty."
*7. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Feng Shui. Barnes
& Noble, New York, 1997, page 12.
Master Yap Cheng Hai--"Feng Shui is the Fortune
Telling of the Home. When Feng Shui is applied correctly and skillfully
it can bring about the follow: The oocupants of the HOme can have
Good Health, Good Money and Good Relationships. The study of Authentic
Feng Shui is intricate, comprising of potent theories from various
systems and different schools of thought."
*8. Lecture Notes, June 17, 2002, Toronto Module One,
Yap Cheng Hai Feng Shui Center of Excellence.
Joey Yap--"The study of Feng Shui is about
harnessing and tapping into forces of nature to promote the well
being of the residents. Classical Feng Shui systems are founded
on key principles based on the understanding of the I-Ching.
Classical Feng Shui involves much calculations, observation and
formulas. Their theories are based on principles and methods
derived from ancient Feng Shui literature and the classics."
*9. Xuan Kong: Volume One-An Advanced Feng Shui Homestudy Course.
Yap Cheng Hair Feng Shui Center, Kuala Lumpur, 2001, pp. 3-37
Master Thomas Lin Yun--"Mankind uses
(the existing) knowledge of different fields which has already
been acquired to (1.)choose/select, (2.) construct/build,
and (3.) create: the (a.)housing(b.)living, and (c.)working
environment which is the most suitable for one's living
conditions. The study of this science is called Feng Shui.
Black Sect Tantric Buddhism in its fourth phase of development
incorporates contemporary knowledge to explain the ancient
tradition of Feng Shui, such as psychology, medical, science,
physiology, behavioral science, architecture, interior design,
ecology, etc."*10. Changing Destiny through Adjustment
of Living Space: Black Sect Tantric Buddhist's Feng
Shui and Secret Cures. Lin Yun Temple, Crystal Chu, Berkeley,
Juan M. Alvarez--"Literally the word
Feng Shui means Air-Water. A synonym for Feng Shui is "Geomancy",
although the term is more often associated with certain
Arabic Divinatory practices that spread throughout Europe
during the Middle Ages. Another name given to Feng Shui,
that comes from ages past, is "Kan-Yu" which
means embracing and Supporting" symbolizing Heaven
(Embracing) and (Supporting)". This term comes from
Taoist philosophy which relates the events of Earth with
those of the Universe and what occurs in the Universe, with
what is happening on Earth."*11. Feng Shui: The Harmony
of Life. Fairy's Ring, Miami, 1998. page 15.
Stephen Skinner--"Feng Shui is the ancient
Chinese art of tuning into the seasonal changes, tides and
vibrations of nature to bring health, wealth and good fortune.
If you look up to heaven and then down to the surface of
the earth, what you are likely to see in between are clouds:
These clouds consist of wind and water as the intermediaries
between heaven and earth. The ancients thought that heaven
directly affected their progress through life in a much
more fundamental way than by simply providing changeable
weather".*12. Feng Shui. Paragon Publishing, Bath,
U.K., 2001. page 9.
Eva Wong--"Feng Shui is the traditional
Chinese art and science of living in harmony with the environment.
Deeply rooted in Chinese culture and Taoist philosophy,
it a way of seeing and interacting with the energy of the
universe. In the study ofFeng Shui the following concepts
are most important, (1) Evaluating the External Environment,
ie. finding protection, avoiding destructive energy, and
receiving benevolent energy, and (2) Evaluating the Internal
Environment, ie. the shape of a building, the general appearance
of a building, the floor plan, and architectural features."*13.
A Master Course in Feng-Shui. Shambhala, Boston, 2001, page
Sarah Rossbach--"In practice, Feng Shui
is something between a science and an art. Westerners often
call it geomancy but the two are not really identical. Feng
Shui emcompasses more than geomancy. Besides arranging living
quarters with optimal confort for mind and body, Feng Shui
also includes astrological and other 'psychic' aspects.
The roots of feng shui grow out of a primitive
agrarian way of life, when the fate of man was inextricably
bound up with the whims and cycles of heaven and earth:
with weather, fertility of the earth, floods, accessibility
of water, and amount of sunlight. Man was vulnerable to
nature, so he kept watch on it."*14. Feng Shui. Hutchinson
Publishing Group, London, 1983. pp.2-8.
Evelyn Lip--"Actually feng shui is related
to all the geographical features of the area in which a
tomb is situated and in many aspects is connected with building
and architectural features. It stands for the power of the
natural environment-the wind and the air of the mountains
and hills; the streams and the rain; and the composite influences
of the natural processes. Feng shui can also be considered
a pseudophysical science of climatology and geomorphology".*15.
Chinese Geomancy. Times Books International., Singapore,
Stephan D.R.Feuchtwang--"Chinese geomancy
is not religion and its practitioners are not religious
functionaries. Feng-shui is considered to be a natural phenomenon,
all embracing but still a phenomenon. Feng-shui is not a
system of magic and neither is it to be associated with
divination that uses the planchette, or and a stick in the
hands of a medium, or divination which reads anything believed
to be communicated by gods or the souls of dead kin or friends
through oracles, dreams, signs and omens. But this
does not distinguish Chinese geomancy from divination that
uses horoscopes, the stars, luck numbers, lucky days, characters,
the BOOK OF CHANGES, and the almanac-none of them
which necessarily introduce the concept of a spirit world.*16.
An Anthropological Analysis of Chinese Geomancy, Vithagna,
Taipei, 1974. pp. 195-202.