mistaken concepts in current Yi-Ching and Feng Shui studies to
establish correct ideas.
Chinese culture is
majestic and tolerant, vast yet focused. The main stream of Chinese
culture is its orthodoxy lineage. Yi-Ching, in particular, is the
origin of this legacy as well as the source of all Chinese
philosophical thinking, including political philosophy. Grand Master
Huen-Yuan wrote in Yi-Ching Xin Fa (《易經心法》) (1985) that, “The most
prosperous dynasties across five thousand years of Chinese history
all governed using the proper principles of Yi-Ching 'neutrality'.
Such is the way to rule and create world peace.” He also stated,
“Everything and every being is changed by Yi. The earth and other
planets in the universe are constantly changing. This is the reason
why it is called Yi, meaning change. The terminus of Yi is the
unchangeable Yi, which is the ‘middle way’ - the point of balance.
Reconciliation occurs when the changeable shifts to the unchangeable
and vice versa. This is the way of Yi, the great harmonization of
neutrality on earth.” In addition, he expounded, “There must be
conclusive wisdom in Yi-Ching, as it has persisted for five thousand
years without being denied or abandoned. It is the indispensable
doctrine for human survival and permanent development…. We wish that
all human beings will come to the profound realization that the keys
for human survival are to treat one another with peace and love, and
to recognize that the unchangeable Yi is the invariable human
conscience. Human beings must proceed with the changeable and the
unchangeable and express their inner peace and balance. If we
achieve this, utopia and world peace would come about soon.” Master
Huen-Yuan founded Yi-Ching University in 1996 to promote the peace
of Yi-Ching thought throughout the world.
Feng Shui. Viewed from the perspective of traditional philosophy,
Feng Shui addresses the study of human interactions with other
persons, with nature, and with their social and cultural
environments. Feng Shui is a form of cultural ecology and the study
of environmental protection. It is a world view that regards people,
architecture, and nature as a single unity. Accordingly,
contemporary landscape architecture and arcology both take
traditional Feng Shui theories as its ground. Furthermore, due to
its emphasis on the harmonization between people and architecture as
well as that between people and the natural environment, Feng Shui
is not superstition. Rather, it bridges science with humanity. It is
environmental psychology and a study of balance and reconciliation
that leads people to spiritual harmony. Grand Master Huen-Yuan has
made great efforts to expound correct Feng Shui concepts over his
many years of practice. He says, “The messages that people receive
and feel via their sensory organs, such as the eyes, ears, nose,
tongue, and body, all enter the sub-consciousness. After inner
transformation, these messages influence our perception and
conceptualization.” Thus, the promotion and application of Feng Shui
doctrines are the essence of social harmony as well as the base that
affects the ability of people to think correctly.
To modify widely biased concepts related to Feng Shui, Grand Master
Huen-Yuan stressed in his book Feng Shui World View (《風水宇宙觀》)
(1995), “Feng Shui is the prime mover in the birth and
the death of
the great universe. It is the talisman of human livelihood as well
as the invisible power that connects people. Human beings cannot
survive on earth without Feng Shui. Feng Shui is certainly
indispensible to prosperity in one’s career.” In order to propagate
the correct rules of Feng Shui, Master Huen-Yuan held the
“Propagating the Dharma of Feng Shui for the Home” (陽宅風水弘法傳法大會)
convention on March 24th, 1995 in of the Linkou National Taiwan
Sport University stadium, attended by more than 36,000. Such a
tremendous turnout underscores the interest and concern modern
society places on the proper practice of Feng Shui. Master Huen-Yuan
remarked at the convention, “Feng Shui is part of the Yi-Ching. The
supreme states of Yi-Ching and Feng Shui will deliver the union of
heaven and humankind.” He has a thorough understanding of this truth
and since the very start of his practice he has worked diligently to
get the proper message out for all to hear and keep in their hearts.
He also encourages people to meld with Nature and abide by the law
of reconciliation in order to survive. He says, “If we can insist on
the law, it is expected that our philosophy of life would be replete
with confidence, joy and happiness.”
For nearly three
decades, Master Huen-Yuan has promoted orthodox
Yi-Ching and Feng
Shui persistently. He encourages children to read Yi-Ching to help
this important cultural legacy continue and grow in future
generations. He noted, “Orthodox Yi-Ching and Feng Shui are the
spirit and origin of our belief. They are, moreover, a wonder
bequeathed us by our ancient sages. I have taught the essence of
this treasured wisdom for twenty-eight years, and have received
advice, critiques and challenges from all corners. Through this
process I have found that this is truly the correct doctrine that
benefits all people . Knowledge and devotion to this doctrine is
growing worldwide. Already, hundreds of thousands have benefitted
from personal counseling and millions have connected with us through
our television broadcasts. This proves that Yi-Ching and Feng Shui
are crucial not only to people, family and career, but to the
society and nation as well.” This is the reason that Master Huen-Yuan
continues to encourage everyone to study Yi-Ching. He remarks,
gives one peace with all humanity.
maintains a healthy body and tranquil mind.
helps one work well and maintain good spirits.
makes adults and children smarter.
prevents underhanded business practices.
guides our own nature onto the path of self-cultivation.
unites families in happiness.
infuses the nation and society with harmony.”