Feng-Shui: The Ancient Art of Harmonious Living for Modern Times

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     The first complete, in-depth course in the traditional Chinese art of harmonious design for interiors, buildings, and sites—including instructions for making your own geomantic compass for feng-shui readings. Deeply rooted in Taoist and shamanic origins, feng-shui is not simply a list of directives for building auspicious structures or arranging interiors for good luck. It is the art of reading the patterns of the universe and living in harmony with the environment. With 200 photos and diagrams.

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Overview

     The first complete, in-depth course in the traditional Chinese art of harmonious design for interiors, buildings, and sites—including instructions for making your own geomantic compass for feng-shui readings. Deeply rooted in Taoist and shamanic origins, feng-shui is not simply a list of directives for building auspicious structures or arranging interiors for good luck. It is the art of reading the patterns of the universe and living in harmony with the environment. With 200 photos and diagrams.

     

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Editorial Reviews

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"Real feng-shui, refreshingly expressed by a true practitioner of the art with her feet firmly grounded in the Chinese Taoist tradition. Definitely one of the top 10 books on feng-shui in English."— Feng Shui for Modern Living

"Even the most casual or ambivalent reader will come away from the book with a greater sensitivity to the environment—landforms, rocks, trees, rivers, etc.—and greater appreciation of the relationship between traditional feng-shui guidelines and many of the principles of contemporary Western ecology."— Asian Thought and Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570621000
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 847,966
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Eva Wong is an independent scholar and a practitioner of the Taoist arts of the Pre-Celestial Way and Complete Reality lineages. She has written and translated many books on Taoism and related topics, including A Master Course in Feng-Shui; Tales of the Taoist Immortals; and Taoism: An Essential Guide.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Feng-Shui as a Taoist Art 1
Introduction: How to Use this Book 8
1 Ancient Beginnings 13
2 The Formative Period 23
3 The Rise of Feng-shui as a Science 30
4 Decline and Resurgence 35
5 Taoist Cosmology 41
6 The Chinese Calendar 47
7 The Geomantic Compass 51
8 The Nine Palaces 57
9 The Geomantic Chart 61
10 Landforms 63
11 Evaluating the External Environment 103
12 Evaluating the Internal Environment 151
13 Taking Readings with the Geomantic Compass 172
14 Setting Up the Geomantic Chart 181
15 Superimposing the Geomantic Chart onto a Building's Floor Plan 202
16 The Influence of the Yearly and Monthly Cycles 217
17 Matching the Occupants to the Dwelling 223
18 Setting up Countermeasures and Enhancers 229
19 Sweeping the Karma of a Building 242
20 An Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times 249
App. A The Dynasties of China 257
App. B Steps in Doing a Feng-shui Reading 259
App. C Where to Find Key Information 262
App. D Template of the Twenty-four-Directions Ring 264
App. E The Great Dharani 265
App. F Selected References in Chinese 267
Index 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for my resear

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for my research project. I was not a fan of this book at all. Although it was very informational, it was extremely boring and tedious. The author did a good job of getting a lot of information in, but she made it very confusing as she jumped back and forth between time frames. Also, the information wasn’t organized, it was spread throughout the book. The author made this book strictly informational and added nothing out of the ordinary. She only mentioned her experience with Feng Shui in a short section of the book. I would’ve liked that she put more of herself throughout the book so that it could be more relatable and exciting. In the section that she did mention her personal life, I found the information much more interesting because it really showed me how Feng Shui is employed in the everyday of a traditional Chinese household. I believe that a book without a story line isn’t enjoyable at all. One thing I did enjoy about the book was the diagrams and illustrations. These helped explain her writing and were visually pleasing to the eye. Also, the diagrams were well put together and elaborated on the concepts mentioned in the text. Finally, I feel that without outside sources to elaborate on this information, I wouldn’t have been able to fully understand this book. Overall I would not recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun and educational book. It is a manual more than anything else but, if you are looking for a strictly factual read, you might like it. Personally I like a story with adventure and a thick plot line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    I'm a high school sophomore and I read this book for my research

    I'm a high school sophomore and I read this book for my research project. This book is very useful for the beginner
    of Feng Shui to understand the frame of this whole theory like me. Because there are many pictures and diagrams
    in it. I choose this book because it classifies clearly so that I can get know of the knowledge and answer the 
    questions as well. Before I read this book, I only know a little about Feng Shui. After reading it, I gain a lot of 
    knowledge such as the whole history of Feng Shui, such as when and where is the origin of Feng Shui, the basis
    and the use of Feng Shui. On the other hand, the diagrams in the book help me to understand the knowledge a
    lot. Because the pictures can attract me to continue reading this book and some crabbed  theory. For example,
    without the diagram of tai-chi I can't  get know of that so quickly and clearly. After all, I believed this book is a good
    choice for beginner of Fneg Shui to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project on

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project on Feng-Shui. I chose to read Eva Wong's book because I was looking for something that would not only give me a broader insight on how to incorporate Feng-Shui into everyday life but would also cover if not all but most of my historical questions. I personally thought this book wasn't hard to understand which was to my advantage because I was able to get a clearer understanding of the art of feng shui as well as a strong foundation for its practice. Many of the books I checked out from my local library were mainly how-to books which were a little frustrating until I came across Eva Wong's book which satisfied my main concern which was the history portion of Feng-Shui. With Feng Shui, you have to realize that it is an ancient art that is so much bigger than what you read in a book and reading this book is a great step in the right direction if you desire to learn about the traditional Chinese practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    I am a high school sophomore, who had to do a research project o

    I am a high school sophomore, who had to do a research project on the art of Feng-Shui.  
    I chose this book because I thought it would be an easy read and answer all of my questions.
    After reading Eva Wong’s book I was proven correct, the book begins with giving a brief overview of the history of Feng-Shui and how it came to be.
    The book also has many pictures and diagrams that illustrate and explain the complicated concepts of Feng-Shui.
    The book has multiple examples of the different arrangements you can use when using Feng-Shui. 
    It also includes ways on how you can incorporate Feng-Shui apart of your life today. 
    This book shows you how to evaluate your surrounds and label them accordingly. 
    If you are looking to find a perfect location to build, this book can help you find balance in the right environment.
    I recommend this book to anyone who desires a quick understanding of Feng-Shui and with any possible interests in trying it out for themselves.
    If you are looking for a detailed history of Feng-Shui this is not your book, this book is merely a stepping stone into the world of this ancient practice. 

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