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Ken Lai’s metaphysics library

Recently I find an article on the Chinese web recommending some Feng Shui books for students.  It is interesting to me because the author has categorized these books under 14 different Feng Shui schools or “pai“.

There are numerous “flavors” of Xuan-Kong Feng Shui.  The Xuan-Kong Flying Star Feng Shui practiced in the West are mostly originated from Zhang Zhong-shan Wu-Chang School.

Other than the ancient classics, most of the contemporary books are published in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

I also have about 70% of the books from this list.

FENG SHUI BOOK LIST

A.  FORM FENG SHUI

一、峦头形势

  1. 《玉髓真经》 张子微著
  2. 《地学》 沈镐著
  3. 《撼龙经疑龙经批注校补》 荣锡勋著
  4. 《一贯堪舆-杨曾地理家传心法捷》 唐宗庚著
  5. 《刘国师地理真传》 刘国师著
  6. 《乐山篇地理书》 来木臣著
  7. 《秘传水龙经》 蒋大鸿著
  8. 《寻龙点穴全集》 珍藏本
  9. 《寻龙点穴墓相风水》 不过五著
  10. 《简明地学堪舆泄秘》 汪志伊著
  11. 《地理山洋指迷》 周景一著
  12. 《辟径集》 李默斋著
  13. 《现代风水学峦头总论》 姜国威著
  14. 《寻龙秘诀》 高隐仙藏
  15. 《图解雪心赋》 白鹤鸣著
  16. 《地理啖庶录》 袁守定著
  17. 《地理砂水穴法》
  18. 《地理万山图》
  19. 《仙家救贫术搜地灵》 白云山人著
  20. 《黄囊穴髓》 程天昭演绎
  21. 《地理汇宗》
  22. 《平砂地理玉函经释义》 邱于展著
  23. 《地理点穴大全》 许澹园订
  24. 《地理全书》 刘伯温著
  25. 《立宅安坟风水秘传》 黎浩贤著
  26. 《相墓相宅术》 (四库本)
  27. 《平砂玉尺经》 刘秉忠原著,李峰编
  28. 《堪舆秘笈奇书》 刘伯温著
  29. 《新注雪心赋》 何聪明著
  30. 《峦头精义》 李默斋著
  31. 《峦头风水大破译》 张健民著
  32. 《地理峦头实务》(上中下) 钟义明著
  33. 《增订台湾地理图记》 钟义明著
  34. 《王派风水学-峦头精义》 王松寒著
  35. 《地理琢玉斧峦头括歌》 张九仪增释
  36. 《地理捷径秘断》 张哲鸣著
  37. 《阴阳宅宝鉴》 苏立民著
  38. 《一善地理真诀》 妙摩慧度著
  39. 《假日寻龙记》 姜健贤著
  40. 《地理心法-寻地五要捷诀道读》 许人文注 张建民编
  41. 《地理囊金集注-记师口诀节文》 章贡、刘谦著
  42. 《谭天纵留题-乌蒙吉真诀-刘若谷千金赋》
  43. 《本地姜留题》
  44. 《风水寻龙诀》
  45. 《撼龙经》 杨筠松著
  46. 《疑龙经》 杨筠松著
  47. 《泄天机》 廖禹著
  48. 《秘传廖公画夹拨砂经》 廖禹著
  49. 《地理阴阳秘录》 苏立民著
  50. 《地理天机会元》 徐试可著
  51. 《地理大成-山法全书》 叶九升著
  52. 《精校地理人子须知》 徐善继、徐善述著

B.  GUO, YANG AND JIANG LINEAGE XUAN-KONG METHOD 

二、郭杨蒋一脉玄空正法

  1. 《青囊经》 黄石公著
  2. 《青囊序》 曾求己著
  3. 《青囊奥语》 杨筠松著
  4. 《天玉经》 杨筠松著
  5. 《都天宝照经》 杨筠松著
  6. 《地理辨正》 蒋大鸿著
  7. 《水龙经》 蒋大鸿著
  8. 《天元五歌》 蒋大鸿著
  9. 《归厚禄》 蒋大鸿著
  10. 《天元余义》 蒋大鸿著
  11. 《平砂玉尺辨伪》 蒋大鸿著
  12. 《阳宅指南》 蒋大鸿著
  13. 《阳宅天元赋》 蒋大鸿著
  14. 《杨公滴滴金》 杨筠松著

C.  FAN YI-BIN DIAN-NAN XUAN-KONG SCHOOL

三、范宜宾滇南派(即连城派)玄空法

  1. 《风水的研究》 唐正一著
  2. 《增释地理冰海》 高守中著
  3. 《地理辨正揭隐》
  4. 《金氏地学粹篇》
  5. 《家存玄空大卦地理秘传》
  6. 《玄空探原录》
  7. 《乾坤法窍》 范宜宾著
  8. 《玄空大五行真传口诀 》 托名蒋大鸿著

D.  TAN YANG-WU XUAN-KONG 6-METHODS

四、谈养吾玄空六法派

  1. 《中国绝学、玄空如意理气正宗入门深造》 陈梦国著
  2. 《玄空本义》 谈养吾著
  3. 《地理辨正翼》 荣锡勋著
  4. 《堪舆正经》 陈正儒著
  5. 《新玄空紫白诀》 赵景义原著、张成春编
  6. 《地理辨正白话注解》 谈养吾原著、陈世范编
  7. 《天元五歌阳宅篇注解》 赵景义著
  8. 《地理小补》 刘杰著
  9. 《辨正发秘初稿》 刘杰著
  10. 《玄空法鉴》 曾怀玉著
  11. 《元运发微》 卢作周著

E.  DENG GONG JIANG-XI DI XUAN KONG 5-ELEMENTS SCHOOL

五、邓恭江西大玄空五行派

  1. 《地理知本金锁秘》 邓恭(梦觉)著
  2. 《地理黄金屋》 邓恭(梦觉)著
  3. 《蒋大鸿地理秘诀稿》
  4. 《玄空河洛先后天心法秘诀》 藏本
  5. 《九经会聚》 李浩洋藏
  6. 《三元地理山水气运挨星图诀》 张庆辑
  7. 《新增大五行图诀》(上下) 张庆辑
  8. 《蒋大鸿三元奥秘手抄本》、《罗经解》、《秘授篇》 邓恭著
  9. 《蒋公阳宅秘授篇》 邓恭(梦觉)著

F.  CAI MIN-SHAN GUANGDONG XUAN-KONG SCHOOL

六、蔡岷山广东玄空派

  1. 《中州派玄空学》(上下) 王亭之著
  2. 《地理心眼指要真解》 王亭之著
  3. 《地学铁骨秘》 吴师青著
  4. 《玄空真秘》 徐宇辰著
  5. 《地理辨正求真》 蔡岷山著

G.  ZHANG ZHONG-SHAN WU-CHANGE XUAN-KONG FLYING STAR

七、章仲山无常派玄空飞星

  1. 《玄空星相地理学》 钟义明著
  2. 《玄空地理丛谈》之一 钟义明著
  3. 《玄空地理丛谈》之二 钟义明著
  4. 《玄空地理丛谈》之三 钟义明著
  5. 《玄空地理丛谈》之四 钟义明著
  6. 《玄空地理丛谈》之五 钟义明著
  7. 《玄空地理丛谈》之六 钟义明著
  8. 《玄空地理逸篇新解》 钟义明著
  9. 《玄空地理断诀汇篇》 钟义明著
  10. 《玄空地理考验注解》(上中下) 钟义明著
  11. 《沈氏玄空学》(上下) 沈竹礽
  12. 《地理辨证抉要》 沈竹礽
  13. 《沈氏玄空学》(上中下) 白鹤鸣注本
  14. 《玄空紫白诀精解》 白鹤鸣著
  15. 《玄机赋飞星赋精解》 白鹤鸣著
  16. 《风水秘传100诀》 白鹤鸣著
  17. 《天理第一地理书》(上下) 冯严筑著
  18. 《古易玄空学新探》 胡京国著
  19. 《玄空精断》 胡京国著
  20. 《大玄空挨星天心水法真传》 张哲鸣著
  21. 《大三元玄空秘旨些子真传》 张哲鸣著
  22. 《大三元玄空地灵秘笈断诀》 张哲鸣著
  23. 《相地指迷》蒋大鸿著
  24. 《沈氏地理疑义答问-地理问正》 李崇仰编
  25. 《玄空指妙》柯建成著
  26. 《玄空指微》柯建成著
  27. 《实用风水学秘籍总断》姜国威著
  28. 《山居手记》陈雪涛著
  29. 《玄空风水之天机妙诀》陈雪涛著
  30. 《风水选旺秘诀》罗量著
  31. 《风水墓相学》姜健贤著

H.  ZHU XIAO-HE SUZHOU XUAN-KONG SCHOOL

八、朱小鹤苏州玄空派

  • 《地理辨正补》 朱小鹤著

I.   ZHANG XIN-YAN SHANG-YU SCHOOL– 64 HEXAGRAMS XUAN-KONG METHOD

九、上虞派张心言六十四卦玄空法

  1. 《地理辨正疏玄空秘旨摘秘》 黄春发著
  2. 《三元六十四卦用爻法》 林文松、陈怡诚合著
  3. 《三元地理六十四卦运用》林文松、陈怡诚合著
  4. 《易经地理学》 吴明修著
  5. 《三元法地理理气探原》吴明修著
  6. 《易经三元地理阐微》 吴明修著
  7. 《三元玄空地理堂奥》 珍藏本
  8. 《三元玄空大卦秘传》无际山人著
  9. 《三元地理山水则要》协会合编
  10. 《三元地理抽爻换象》吴相益、谢明道合著
  11. 《分金节气用爻当运秘解》张量矿著
  12. 《玄空大卦及飞星详解》白鹤鸣著
  13. 《玄空风水突破要诀》 黄春发著
  14. 《三元地理讲义》 林国雄著
  15. 《风水活穴建造真诀》张量矿著
  16. 《三元易经地理交媾法诀秘笈》(上下) 张量矿著
  17. 《奇门三元直指》(上下) 余胜唐
  18. 《玄空秘旨-直透玄机》陈昭有著
  19. 《玄空真解-入门要诀》 刘来平著
  20. 《玄空真解-地理经典批论》 又元子著
  21. 《玄空真解-玄空囫囵语》 又元子孙著
  22. 《玄空真解-天元歌批论》又元子孙著
  23. 《玄空真解-归厚录》又元子孙著
  24. 《玄空真解-阳宅觉》又元子孙著
  25. 《玄空大卦秘诀》孙长庚著

J.  YIN YI-SHAO XIANG-CHU SCHOOL OF XUAN-KONG

十、尹一勺湘楚派玄空法

  • 《地理四秘全书》 尹一勺著

K.  ZHONG JIU-HUA “YI-HAN-TONG-MI” XUAN-KONG METHOD

十一、钟九华《玉函通秘》玄空法

  1. 《玉函通秘》原著
  2. 《玉函通秘》崔汇滨校本

L.  DRAGON-GATE 8-FORMATIONS

十二、龙门八局(先后天派)

  1. 《正三元杨公祖师心法》 杨救贫著
  2. 《三元地理四诀精论》 陈启铨著
  3. 《风水风采录》 陈启铨著
  4. 《地理乾坤国宝》 杨藏华著
  5. 《三元地理观水点地法》 庄文寿著
  6. 《地理特诀》 张渊理著
  7. 《三元堪舆黄金断》 庄文寿著
  8. 《地理乾坤国宝评注》 陈启铨著
  9. 《乾坤国宝龙门八局图解》林志荣著

M.  STEM AND BRANCH SAN-HE 4 MAJOR FORMATIONS

十三、干支生旺墓三合四大局

  1. 《地理实用集》钟义明著
  2. 《阴阳宅断诀》妙摩慧度著
  3. 《风水指南》 妙摩慧度著
  4. 《三元三合地理精论》黄春霖著
  5. 《地理四弹子》
  6. 《风水预测》 李渊著
  7. 《地理汇宗-元女青囊海角经》
  8. 《立宅安坟风水秘传》 黎浩贤著
  9. 《地理正宗》 广西民族出版社辑
  10. 《地理五诀》 赵九峰著
  11. 《风水照夭镜》 劳大刚著
  12. 《地理阴阳纂要》邓士松著
  13. 《地理学新义》俞仁宇著
  14. 《增补理气图书》 周淳庸著
  15. 《堪舆指南真传》 陈盈芳著
  16. 《二十四山头化作四拾捌局用法》 陈锡元著
  17. 《堪舆辟谬真传》 刘公中著
  18. 《地理诸家开门放水》 吴明修著
  19. 《地理三字经》 程前川著
  20. 《地理直指原真》 彻莹和尚著
  21. 《地理综合水法》梁贵博著
  22. 《风水的研究》 梁贵博著
  23. 《鲁班寸白簿》 鲁班著
  24. 《海底藏珠》 徐试可著
  25. 《地理水法全成》 高隐仙著
  26. 《王德薰地理真传》 陈繁夫著
  27. 《术数精要》 白鹤鸣著
  28. 《古代风水术注评》 王玉德著
  29. 《三合法地理秘旨全书》(上下) 陈怡诚 林文松编著
  30. 《赣州风水秘传》 怡然斋藏本
  31. 《秘本通玄鬼灵经》李崇仰编
  32. 《地理名墓断诀》姜健贤著
  33. 《周易与风水》何宗阳著
  34. 《三元地理连山归藏》陈怡诚 林文松编著
  35. 《三元地理明师盘线秘旨》陈怡诚 林文松编著
  36. 《看风水秘笈大全》御堂龙儿著
  37. 《青囊心印》《青囊心印续编》《天玉经内传心印》王宗臣著
  38. 《天玉经》四库本
  39. 《地理大全辑要》许园甫著

N.  LAI BU-YI TIAN-XING (STAR) NA-JIA SCHOOL

十四、赖布衣天星纳甲派

  1. 《催官篇》 赖布衣著
  2. 《入地眼全书》 静道和尚著
  3. 《地理铅弹子》 张九仪著
  4. 《地理穿透真传》 张九仪著
  5. 《杨公地理图说》藏本
  6. 《入地眼全书》静道和尚著
  7. 《地理正义评注》张九仪著
  8. 《杜氏地理图说》杜奇英著
  9. 《形家集要》刘云岩著
  10. 《山水发微》王德薰著

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Note:  The message below was written in August 2015 for my “Professional Imperial QMDJ” discussion group. I wrote this article after being bombarded with questions about this so-called “QMDJ-XKDG” by my curious students for years.  I have updated it with some new notes here.

Some marketers have marketed a “Qi-Men-Dun-Jia Xuan-Kong-Da-Gua”  (奇门遁甲玄空大卦 QMDJ-XKDG) course a few years ago. You (my students) have asked many questions about this course.

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Ancient QMDJ books

In Chinese metaphysics, there is a fetish of “na-jia” or trying to fit everything into the bagua.  Xuan-Kong-Da-Gua or XKDG itself is an example– artificially fitting 64 hexagrams into the bagua or 8-trigrams by repeating 4 jia-zi (binomials).  XKDG is still not accepted by some Feng Shui schools.

There is also a tendency in Chinese metaphysics circle to stuff 64 hexagrams into existing systems and repackage it as “XXXX-XKDG”.   These marketers often claim that this is no new stuff but a recent “rediscovery” of long-lost ancient manuscript or technique.

During mid-Qing dynasty (around 1700-1800), the government had relaxed the restrictions on the spreading of QMDJ to help countering the increasingly aggressive western power and internal rebellions.  Scholars and amateurs at that time had gone nuts and written many “armchair” books on QMDJ.  “Armchair” means out of imagination or simply using formula mechanically to generate more QMDJ theories.  Some may work and most do not or simply have no empirical testing to backup the “new” theories.

As far as I know, there is no such thing as “QMDJ-XKDG“.  Modern marketers have coined the term “QMDJ-XKDG” because this later day version of QMDJ has somehow “squeezed” 64 hexagrams into the system.  The original author(s) had called this version of QMDJ as “Golden Mirror of Nation-building and Capital setting for 10 Thousands Years Reign” (Aren’t we lucky that Hitler had not gotten a copy?).  I have read the book about this “nation/ capital building” QMDJ. (For around NT$ 300 or US$ 10, you can get the Chinese book on this topic in Taiwan).

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Ancient compass with 8 sectors

QMDJ was developed around 200 AD using only 9 palaces or sectors (the rudimentary compass at that time could not do measurement down to individual degree). XKDG requires accuracy down to 360/384 or 0.938 degree (even compass during the1800’s could not be this accurate).  Mixing QMDJ with XKDG together is as funny as putting dinosaurs with humans together like the “One Million Years BC” movie.  QMDJ and XKDG were over 1500 years apart.

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Sample “capital-building chart”

The original author of this version of QMDJ had claimed it is for “capital building” and provincial/ city level “huge projects“.  It is not designed for individual house, building or even housing estates though one may use it as “reference“.   If we assume it works as claimed– there are not too many capitals around or huge projects for Feng Shui students to build.  This means only these so-called  “QMDJ-XKDG” teachers make money from selling the course.The students will probably find little or no market for “QMDJ-XKDG” other than selling the course again to others.   It is even worse if the darn thing does not work.

Anyway, the “capital-building chart” looks impressive if not intimidating for the uninitiated.  It is just iterations of some formulas into individual palace.

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Commander Nian

Imperial Qing dynasty was no longer exist in China since 1911.  It should be here today if “QMDJ-XKDG” was employed.  And we know from historical texts and Qing Imperial Tombs that Qing emperors were very into Feng Shui and QMDJ.  The Qing military commander Nian Gengyao (年羹尧) was known for using QMDJ in quelling rebellions.

The essence of the question is:  Can QMDJ be scaled up and applied to regional or national level when it was originally designed for small scale or single location application?  

QMDJ itself is a very complicated system with over 50 data points and numerous dimensions.  XKDG is not as complicated as QMDJ, but it is not simple either.  Imagine the astronomical number of combinations generated when someone tries to tie these two system together!

Mixing unrelated systems and methods together is like building a QMDJ Frankenstein.  The more variables one adds to a system, the more complicated it becomes, the narrower for its application (like in this case, capital building and huge projects) and the higher probability of something goes wrong.  Isn’t this too much for an individual Feng Shui practitioner to handle?

Just because a book was written a few hundred years ago does not necessarily make its contents valid.  Consumers need to do their crap-detection and hype-filtering before paying for courses based on these “ancient books” or “rediscovery of ancient techniques“.

My 40 years of experience in Chinese metaphysics tells me if someone hypes about a recent “discovery” of an ancient text, technique or family heirloom manuscript in QMDJ, Feng Shui or any topic, the chance of this being crap is pretty high.  If the newly rediscovered “technique” is so amazing and powerful, it should have been utilized extensively like aspirin or sliced bread.  Why it is forgotten or disappeared into the garbage heaps of history long time ago?

You may find QMDJ-ZWDS, XKDG-ZWDS, QMDJ-XKDG-ZWDS, Mega QMDJ-XKDG-ZWDS-4P-Flying-Star courses…. soon in some marketer websites near you.

Ken Lai 

“Advanced Visual Form Feng Shui” w/23 hr. HD video
“Visual Form Feng Shui” w/13 hr. HD video
“Destiny/Luck Mgmt. w/ Bazi- Basic/ Advanced w/18 hr. HD video each
“Destiny/Luck Mgmt. 1: Forecasting and Decision Support” w/23 hr. HD video
“Feng Shui Toolbox: Sha-qi, Health/Wealth and Career” w/ 7 hr. HD video
“Period 7/8 FS Toolkit w/ Advanced Flying Star techniques” w/ 6 hr. HD video
“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Advanced/ Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia 4G” w/ 12 or 16 hr. video
“Professional Imperial QMDJ 4G” w/ 21 hr. video
“EZ QMDJ series: Astrology, Date/Task Selection, Annual Luck/FS”w/ 3 hr. HD
“EZ QMDJ Advanced Feng Shui” with 4 hr. HD video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui/Blessing” w/ 24 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video

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Note: The following article was written for a Toronto FS group newsletter in 2005.

In the last one or two years, Xuan Kong Da Gua (XKDG) becomes the latest craze on the Feng Shui training circuit. Or in more blunt terms, it adds 2 or more courses to the inventory of Feng Shui trainers.

Info or “secrets” about Flying Star are abundant in published sources.  XKDG, info, however, is not as readily available.

In Hong Kong, a famous writer charges as much as HK$150k (CAD$23k) to teach you XKDG. In Taiwan, charges from US$5000 to NT$1M (CAD$39k) are not unheard of.

In 2000, Master X of Taiwan starts to publish a series of XKDG books, so it is no coincidence that XKDG begins surfacing in the west after 2000. Before Master X, GM Chan Pui San, the founder of Miao Pai XKDG, (Hong Kong) has published some info on XKDG. I can tell Master X’s books are based on GM Chan’s books.  But Master X is a better writer and good at explaining complicated concepts.

Miao Pai XKDG is known for its “sha-fighting” to enhance wealth luck.  Master X also has his own version of sha-fighting method.

In the early 90’s, GM Chan has released a major XKDG secret– “in-gua and out-of-gua” to explain why a person suffers in a house while another prospers in the same house, or why some houses have ugly mountains/ water but do not shown any negative effects.

The probability of being “out-of-gua” (not getting the blessing or negative effects) is about 1/3.

The cornerstone of Master X’s fight-sha Feng Shui is this “in-gua and out-of-gua” theory.  Most of his cases examples shown in his books are for business located in the top side of a T-junction or cross-junction.

The formula is pretty simple, by orientating the door to face the sha (like rushing qi/ traffic) at an “out-of-gua” angle with a good XKDG date-selection, Master X claims this will convert sha energy to work wonder for the owner.

By putting the door in an “out-of-gua” angle, so the sha cannot have effect of the property— doesn’t this sound like “sha avoidance”?

From a common sense point of view, business likes exposure.  With junctions there are normally stop signs or traffic light too. By setting a business on a cross-junction or T-junction with an angled door that faces the most directions, it maximizes exposure of the business to traffic.

Can this become a “self-fulfilling prophecy”?  Will the business be just as prosperous without doing this fight-sha Feng Shui?

If you go to downtown Toronto, businesses with angled doors at a cross-junction are found almost in every block.

Finally, I would like to give you a reminder about Master X’s books. He told his students that he had purposely set missing links and traps in his books, so he can tell if someone is teaching from his books or from someone who has taken his live class. I know Master X’s sifu and he does not fight-sha.

Postscript 2010Lately there are noises about claims of  “sha-fighting”.  Now you know how this got started.  My Taiwan sifu had studied with GM Chan Pui San (now almost 90 years old).  He told us “do not fight sha” unless your life is worthless. You don’t know the long term effects of sha-fighting and you don’t want to do experiments with the lives of your clients.

Ken Lai

“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 12 hr. video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui & Blessing” v.2 w/ 24 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video

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I ran into an interesting Xuan-Kong-Da-Gua (XKDG) date-selection case in Hong Kong in last April.

A local master was solicited to do a date-selection for the renovation of an ancient tomb. The tomb houses the founding ancestral couple of a local clan.

The formation of this tomb is called “Literacy Shrimp Frolicking with Water (文蝦戲水). This is a typical San He (3-harmony) job which likes to “naming imagery based on forms” (呼形喝象). The original master thought the form around the tomb looks like a shrimp playing with water. Water is also associated with intelligence and hence literacy. So this “shrimp” is a smart shrimp. By naming it “literacy shrimp“, hopefully, the descendants will be learned scholars.

The local master wrote, “This is a shrimp form, if the selected day has no water (rain), the shrimp will die! If it rains, we can’t initiate construction. This is really a tough job.”

This is the date selected, June 12, 2007, Wu hour:

Year: Ding Hai; 8 zhen/ kun 8
Month: Bing Wu; 4 dui/ xun 3
Day: Ding Chou; 4 dui/ zhen 7
Hour: Bing Wu; 4 dui/ xun 3

“The observatory had issued a thunderstorm warning in early morning of the selected day.” The local master said. “It had rained heavily in Si hour (9:01- 11am). Sunshine came out during Wu hour (11:01- 13:00). We did the renovation during Wu hour and finished within 2 hours. The sky then turned cloudy during first half of Wei hour (13:01- 14:00). By that time the cement had dried. It had rained again during the second half of Wei hour. We are fortunate to get help from heaven!”

Well, it seems even Feng Shui shrimp based on imagery needs 5-elements support. In my next post, I will tell you how to learn XKDG date-selection in an hour and how much this Hong Kong master charges for XKDG date-selection.

Ken Lai

“Practical Date-Selection Methods” (incl. XKDG)w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 10 hr. video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui & Blessing” w/ 12 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video

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Charity Sale for China Earthquake Victims


Dear Members,

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I wish to thank the co-author Master Lee for agreeing with this offer.

Any action taken with charity at its heart is strongly and specially based in the energy matrix of qi. This allow your actions to take deeper root when you use these precious date-selection methods, and your merit will help you achieve your dreams.

Sincerely,

Ken Lai and Master Lee

Note:  This blog was written on Jan. 21, 2004

In the last 12 months or so, there seems to be a "Xuan
Kong Da Gua" (XKKDG) "gold-rush"--- for the FS
marketers. Almost everyone is itching to set up XKDG
class of some sorts. XKDG classes are normally around
5 days in length, with a dose of I-Ching class as
pre-requisite.

To keep this discussion simple and as unbiased as
possible, I won't argue whether XKDG theory is valid
or not and working or not. I just examine it from a
scientific and methodological point of view.

EVOLUTION OF THE CHINESE LUOPAN
As I have written previously, the history of luopan
development is a progression of from simple to
complex. Early luopans had few divisions, then 24
mountains, 60 dragons (divisions), 72 dragons, 120
dragons, 240 dragons and then up until now, 384 "yaos"
(that is 64 hexagrams x 6 yaos).

XKDG has 64 hexagrams which occupy 5.625 degrees each.
Each hexagram has 6 "yaos" (yin _ _ yang __ symbols)
with each yao taking up 0.9375 degree.

DA GUA MEASUREMENT PROBLEMS
Then we may ask, how precise luopan measurements were
when the XKDG theory was developed 4- 500 years or so
ago? Afterall, it is rumoured that Master Jian Da
Hong hinted he had used XKDG principles in his trick
songs (poems). It is also rumoured that Master Shen
(author of "Shen's XK Studies") had "almost" included
XKDG in his book except he had missed the deadline.

An excellent source of info about luopan history can
be found in Professor Chen Jian Jun's book, "Chinese
FS Compass" (ISBN7-5390-1430-x/K.5, available in
Chinese or English). In this book, it seems luopans
made during Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644) were mostly
"water compass" (using a floating needle) and both
"water" and "dry" compasses were used during Qing
Dynasty (1636- 1911).

How precise could an ancient "floating needle" be?
How accurate will be the needle of an ancient luopan?
Could they measure down to 0.9375 degree consistently?
If not, how could the ancient masters verify their
XKDG theory?

Using modern luopans and compasses as guidance, we
could see it is very doubtful that XKDG measurement
could be achieved by the ancient masters consistently.

According to Professor Vic Schmidt,(Dept. of Geology &
Planetary Science, University of Pittsburgh), even
modern precision compasses like the Brunton or Suunto,
has problem to attain accuracies of better than one
degree.

So how about about our modern luopans? It is common
knowledge that even the best branded luopans are
accurate to at most plus or minus one degree. This
will either "hit' or "miss" a DG measurement of 0.9375
degree.

REALITY CHECK
For the sake of discussion, let's assume the ancient
masters could consistently do DG measurements down to
0.9375 degree.

To keep it simple, let me quote Professor Schmidt
here,

"I maintain that anyone who claims to be able to
attain accuracy to better than 0.6 degree in a magnetic
survey is deluding themselves.

As I pointed out a while back, failure to keep track
of the long-term secular variation in Earth's field
can easily throw you off by much more, with it
amounting to up to 0.2 degree per year in many places.

And it is strictly cumulative, so if you use
10-year-old map data, you can easily be off by a full
degree (all the time!)."


We know in flying star there is 24 mountains and each
mountain has 15 degrees to "play with". So assuming
your orientation is not too close to the borderline
(or void line) with another mountain, the changing
of the earth's magnetic field by one or two degrees
over the years won't "throw" you out of the mountain.
Flying Star has pretty good tolerance on the earth's
magetic variations.

At 0.2 degree cumulative variations per year, a DG
measurement of 0.9375 degree can be easily become
invalid in a few years. Then this would have been a
lot of testing for the ancient masters. How many
lifetimes could they have in the last few hundred
years to do testing?

CONCLUSION
You have to make your own conclusion whether the
ancient masters could have done sufficient DG
measurements and testing of XKDG theory, given
the ancient "water" and "dry" luopan technology.

Could you do consistent DG measurements with modern
luopan and compass?

How XKDG handle earth's magnetic variations?

In simple terms, is XKDG practical? Is it just
another case of "misplaced precision"?

My sifu taught me XKDG in 20 minutes. I'll teach my
students how to use it in 5 minutes, if they want to
learn it. It is not difficult to integrate XKDG into
the popular Flying Star method.

Personally, I won't write off XKDG, but I won't spend
too much resources on it either.


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Postscript: Now is August 2007, XKDG is not as "hot". But there is still a new one coming out recently charging
US$1900 for 2 days of class. It's ad sounds like magic-- you can get whatever you want with it.



Ken Lai
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