ancient on December 26th, 2011

QI MEN DUN JIA   奇門遁甲

An Introduction To Mysterious Gates Escaping Technique : Secret Luck of Time and Space

New Book Launch By Garrett Lee & Master Mas

on the 19th November 2011 at the 8th International Feng Shui Convention, Resorts World Convention Centre, Singapore

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Qi Men Dun Jia New Book Cover in English Version By Garrett Lee & Master Mas

Qi Men Dun Jia New Book Launch Photos 2011

Authors’ Photo Sessions With Grand Masters, Fellow Practitioners, Readers & Supporters

Qi Men Dun Jia (simplified: 奇门遁甲; traditional: 奇門遁甲; pinyin: Qํ M้n D๙n Jiǎ = wondrous door hides jia) is an ancient form of divination from China, which is still in use in China, Taiwan, Singapore and the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia. Qi Men Dun Jia may be applied to business, crime-solving, marriages and matchmaking, medical divination, Feng Shui, military affairs, finding missing people, travel, personal fortune divination etc.

The practice of Qi Men Dun Jia (aka QMDJ) is to put a particular person or group of people in the right place and also at the right time and that essentially is the strength of the QMDJ oracle so that the subject under consideration will be in a vantage position to benefit from it depending on the type of circumstances that he or she chooses to be in at that moment in time.

As to exactly when this high-priest ancient wisdom was developed and put to use of these three cosmic models or formulae, it is difficult to pin it down with certainty but there are folk indications alluding to the “Warring States Period” around 700 BCE though the Chinese gave credit to the Yellow Emperor period, 5000 years ago. The popularity of QMDJ was attributed to the famous military strategist, Zhuge Liang 諸葛 (aka Kong Ming, better known as the Sleeping Dragon) as told in the Chinese Classic Novel as in the Sanguo yanyi 三國演義Romance of the Three Kingdoms where he used QMDJ to win in the Battle of the Red Cliff as well as escaped from the clutches of his arch-rivals.

Another famous ancient personality who popularized the practice of QMDJ was the imperial astrologer & strategist, Liu Bo Wen 刘伯温, though he was no lesser known a historical figure and also no less skillful with his QMDJ forte.

Due to such arcane knowledge was shrouded in high bureaucratic secrecy and resulting in scholarly neglect, it affected the availability of literature and written records on the subject to modern scholars and practitioners alike. Probably another reason was the overwhelming amount of technical jargons on the subject that would discourage the uninitiated from trying to decipher these sophisticated algorithm models of calculation.

Interestingly, QMDJ was made popular in use for battlefield confrontation circumstance where quick decisions must be taken at the precise moment in time, but the wide array of applications of QMDJ extends to today’s time-sensitive competitive situations such as taking an exam, sport winnings, marketing success, sales advantage, courtship, business negotiation advantage, escape from difficult circumstances momentarily, credit control, and the list goes on.

 

Garrett Lee

Founder
Ancient Feng Shui
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Recently, I heard that Bukit Brown Cemetery in Singapore has been gazetted as a site for development such as for public housing. Unfortunately, such “ordinary” places will soon be memories in the past and its physical historical evidence will be removed from the site and go into various digital platforms or textbooks.

Such historical cemeteries revealed the myriad dreams of our ancestors who had arrived in early Singapore to forge a common goals among its community when they decided to make this new found place their new home away from home.

The past is not just stories of the elite pioneers and administrators. They also provide Singapore’s version of preserved history on the memories of colonialism and the struggle for independence. Besides, Bukit Brown’s wide expense of lush greenery and variety of flora and fauna make it a relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle of the hectic modern life for simple nature walk and jog-a-walk activities.

This silent cemetery is not only a vessel for the memories of those who have come before us but of the living today and tomorrow. Finally, it is a significant marker of the Singapore past and an icon of our nation-building records.

There were many famous early pioneer names inscribed on the tombstones such as Sam Leong ( A road name after him) , Gan Eng Seng ( A Secondary School name) , Chew Boon Lay ( Boon Lay MRT station) , Father of Khoo Teck Puat ( as in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Yishun ) , and many more local names where their descendants are still alive today and holding important positions or appointments in various quarters of society today.

Not to mention, there are traces of Feng Shui significance and its influence on their future generations of descendants and how prosperity or otherwise comes about into the family lineage.

Also, visit  http://www.ancientfengshui.com for more information on Feng Shui related discussions and views.

Garrett Lee
Founder, Ancient Feng Shui

With Gate Enclosure to Keep Unwanted "Guests" Out

This is the Largest Grave in Bukit Brown Cemetery belongs to Sam Leong ( A road named after him )

Interesting Addition of a Fierce-looking Indian Sepoy as Guard in front of the Grave

 

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ancient on December 13th, 2010

During the time of Wei-Jin period there was a grand master of Feng Shui known as Guo Po ( AD 276 – 324 ), who was an astrologer, geographer, diviner, and magician. He was not only a Kanyu master but an expert at locating underground springs. He wrote extensively on geography, mythology, divination, Taoist magic, and ancient Chinese poetry.

After his mother’s death, Guo Po chose a place in Jiyang to bury her, this place is surrounded by water, the people worried the place would be flooded if the water level was raised, so considered it not good, but he presaged that the water would dry up. And soon after tens of kilometers of land surrounding the grave became fertile farmland when the water receded, thus made Guo Po very famous and he was considered as the founder of Feng Shui because of his Book of Burial ( Zang Shu ).

An important stage of evolution of the Feng Shui schools was by Guo Po’s book, Zang Shu, “Book of Burial” and Form aka Landforms school principles of siting became well established in Chinese writings.

A famous but somewhat mystical personage, Guo Po, is said to be have collected all the ancient traditions concerning Feng Shui and published them in a book, still extant, the Zang Shu, which is to present-day one of the principal sources of references for the students of Feng Shui. Many Geomancers aka Feng Shui Masters call Guo Po the founder of modern Feng Shui, but they have no evidence to show in favour of this assertion beyond the simple fact, recorded in history, that Guo Po was an adept in geomancy ( Feng Shui ) and lived during the Tsin dynasty.

Even the Zang Shu ( Book of Burial ) classic itself which treats Feng Shui with special reference to the forms and outlines of nature, cannot be satisfactorily proven to be written by Guo Po. For it is not mentioned in the catalogues of literature produced during this period.

Tha Zang Shu ( Book of Burial ) is first mentioned in the catalogue of the Tang dynasty ( AD 618 – 905 ); but even here no author was assigned to it, no mention of Guo Po to whom only the catalogue of the Sung dynasty ( AD 960 – 1126 ) ascribes the authorship of this classic.

Fast forward to today, the word Feng Shui – “Wind” & “Water” enters into everyday English speech, this Chinese cosmological concept is experiencing a transformation. People talk about Feng Shui in home decoration, gardening design, landscaping, and even in business transactions. An attempt to understand the historical context of its transition is, therefore, timely and appropriate. After all, Feng Shui is a philosophical concept – a quasi-belief system – as well as a practice that has been fundamental to Chinese culture for at least four millennia. A unique expression of Chinese culture, it is syncretic in nature, integrating philosophical concepts, everyday practices, elite and popular cultures, and imported as well as indigenous beliefs. It is practised in political and military events and in the rituals of daily life – such as births, weddings, particularly burials, and other ceremonies.

The questions of when Feng Shui became recognized as both a theory as well as a practice and how it became integrated into Confucian ritual has long lacked adequate academic attention.

The Book of Burial ( Zang Shu ) that defined Feng Shui for the first time, is thus intended to be a first step toward making accessible the text and context of this important cultural concept and practice.

When looked at by insiders as well as by outsiders, particularly in this age of globalization, Chinese culture seems to have presented to the world some exotic and unusual traditions ( e.g. Footbinding and Feng Shui ). We might well ask : What is it in Chinese culture that has enabled it to survive and prosper for so long ? What has allowed the peoples and ideas from vastly different parts of China to remain a relatively cohesive cultural and political unit over millennia ? How different are the Chinese people from people of other cultures ? And, for our purposes, what has been the role of Feng Shui in Chinese Culture and how has that role changed over time ? There are many different answers to these questions as there are scholars who have pondered them.

Tapping The Auspicious Qi From The Landforms

Bringing Auspiciousness To Many Generations of Descendants

Garrett Lee Taking Auspicious Measurement On The Headstone

Garrett Lee Taking Auspicious Measurement On The Headstone

Although it is considered to be the earliest classic on residence by the Yellow Emperor or to be formed in the Han Dynasty, the Huang Di Zhai Jing ( Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Residence ) might well have been formed some time in the Song Dynasty.

There is another way to look at the evolution of the idea of Feng Shui. Since practice changed from divining for a location for an altar and place for the emperor to selecting a place or city for the common people that would not be subject to natural disasters and warfare, then to divining for residences for the dead, we may conclude e following : Feng Shui evolved from a practice performed on behalf of the kings, emperors, and nobility as a privilege to a practice performed on behalf of ordinary folk; and it simultaneously changed from divining to avoid natural disasters ( a passive action )  to divining to actively search for good fortune. Indeed, it is this active search for good fortune through Feng Shui practice that embodies the core belief and behaviour in Chinese culture which, in turn imbues this practice with vitality.

In the history of burial ritual in China, we see that Zang Shu has played a crucial role. The major source that has influenced burial ritual practice in China in the past millennium is the book Zhu Xi Jia Li. From Zang Shu ( Book of Burial ) numerous variants developed, but the core ideas remained unchanged; selecting a good grave spot directly relates to the prosperity of the descendants of the deceased; making great effort to select such a spot demonstrates the primary of all virtues, filial piety; and doing so strengthens the relationship within the family and the community.

Garrett Lee

Founder
Ancient Feng Shui

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ancient on November 27th, 2010

Many of us are curious about our future and success in our lives, We are curious about our destiny and many of us hope to know more about it. However, many of us are not sure about how to unveil this mystery and are just living through life and we only realize our destiny when we become old.

We strongly believe that destiny is the result of predestined affinity and learning to apply correctly the Feng Shui and Destiny techniques will help one to enhance our harmony and enable us to have a better destiny.

The ancient Chinese culture and thinking fascinated me a lot during my younger days and still is today. I chanced upon a Chinese ancient text called I-Ching ( or Yi Jing in Han Yu Pin Yin ) aka Book of Changes in the western speaking world. The texts therein are filled with poetic phrases where I tried to read and understand it. Despite my full enthusiasm initially, I was totally confused after reading it, The word, or rather the Chinese characters don’t seem to make any sense to me at all. Then I tried to decipher the ancient pictorials in it to derive its imagery meanings and attempted to link to the present day relevance. But still I was unable to comprehend its relevance.

Then one day, I met a monk by chance and took the opportunity to ask him about this subject on I-Ching ( aka Book of Changes ). He said to me that this system of hexagrams ( a set of six lines of either unbroken line or broken line ) which most people called Book of Change ( or I-Ching ) was one of the first great successes in ancient man’s attempt to find the laws which regulate all phenomena. Most significant was the discovery that the laws of Nature are also the laws of humanity and that since Nature and humanity are one, harmony is the key to life. He further explained that this conclusion was drawn after long internal and external searching which revealed the balanced way of life as the fundamental path.

I started visiting him more often thereafter to seek his guidance on self-cultivation to achieve harmony and to understand the Great Nature at work which the Book of Changes had long time ago captured the profound essence of the laws of nature and humanity, in short, Ancient Wisdom in it. That explained why the classic Chinese texts seemed “outdated and cryptic” to me when I first read it.

As time goes by, I learned that one can never finish reading the Book of Changes ( or I-Ching ). Why it is so ?  For example, when I have a question in mind, I needed some guidance, I will consult the relevant sections of the book to seek out some “direction” and also complemented by the “homework” that I have done pertaining to the issue at hand. The insights never failed to amaze me.  Interestingly, over time, when I faced another issue, I could be referring back to the same sections as the current issues can be totally different from the previous ones, the insightful guidance suggested certainly enlightened me a great deal and helped me to find subtle harmony within me. Thus, the Book of Changes ( I-Ching ) will always be a treasured companion and a good & trusted “invisible advisor” when I needed it which stand the test of time.

From there, I started exploring into the main stream interests in the Chinese Metaphysics Field where all its foundational roots go back to the Book of Changes ( I-Ching ). The list can go on and on, but here is a brief listing to illustrate my scope of interest that I have expanded upon since I found the Book of Changes.

They are : Feng Shui aka Geomany aka ‘Wind and Water”, Eight Characters DNA Analysis aka Four Pillars of Destiny aka Bazi, Xuan Kong Flying Stars, Hexagram Feng Shui ( Xuan Kong Da Gua ), Burial ( Yin ) Feng Shui, Six Methods Feng Shui ( aka Liu Fa ), Purple Star Astrology ( Zi Wei Dou Shu ), Palmistry, Face Facing, Mysterious Gate Escaping Technique ( Qi Men Dun Jia ), Liu Ren, Tai Yi, Various Auspicious Personal & Feng Shui Date Selection Methods including special techniques to enhance wealth being and many more…

The overgrown human population, combined with modern city life, obscures the significance of nature in the lives of people today. Great Nature, however, always remains the true source of human life. To restore our understanding of this integral truth, we can use the line system ( Hexagram ) of the Book of Changes to study the way in which people and events develop.

Only when one rediscover the usefulness of a natural life, one shall again learn to love Nature. Because our answers in life lie in the Great Nature and its environment.We will also learn that it is dangerous to violate our own nature, the subtle level of the natural order and natural environment. We must learn to approach these ancient methods of integration with an appreciation for what they are : simple, non-coercive guidelines for harmonizing human nature with the unspoiled, Great Nature.

Over time, I will share my years of accumulated experiences and insights from a Chinese Metaphysical perspectives with my readers so that more people could benefit from it as I believe that Sharing with others is learning Twice for me and also welcome constructive feedback from my readers and encourage you to share your experiences either from your well-informed background of Chinese Metaphysics or from a totally newbee’s viewpoint. No views are too insignificant where the learning journey is a life-long process. 

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May The Auspicious Qi Be With YOU Always !

Garrett Lee
Founder
Ancient Feng Shui

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