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The Feng Shui Handbook: How to Create a Healthier Living and Working Environment
     

The Feng Shui Handbook: How to Create a Healthier Living and Working Environment

by Lam Kam Chuen
 

Merging ancient Chinese wisdom and contemporary Western needs, this guide provides practical steps for making your living and working environments more attuned to the life forces around you.

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Merging ancient Chinese wisdom and contemporary Western needs, this guide provides practical steps for making your living and working environments more attuned to the life forces around you.

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Library Journal
Literally "wind and water," feng shui is a Chinese belief system dedicated to finding harmonious siting plans for buildings by taking into account the metaphysics of energy flow, geography, and a complex calculation of time cycles and the influence of the five elements of the cosmos. Architectural historian Lip has written an information-packed introduction to classical Chinese architecture replete with diagrams, photographs, and her own beautiful brush paintings. After a detailed dissection of the way Chinese structures function, she explains the core concepts of feng shui and then examines actual Ming and Qing temples and palaces in terms of their placement and structure. British feng shui consultant Master Lam Kam Chuen has produced a more practical book designed with the homeowner or apartment dweller in mind. Short text blocks are interspersed with vivid watercolor examples of siting and energy flow, with tips for improving the harmony of many common living situations. Although he cautions that without the services of a good geomancer we are dealing with a simplified knowledge of feng shui, he gives such hints as how to assure restful sleep by solidifying the tortoise placement of our beds and how to avoid a stagnant social life by not locating dwellings on cul de sacs. Journalist Lagatree provides a very quick and simple overview of feng shui. Oriented primarily to interior rearrangements rather than house sitings, the book might provide tips for realtors dealing with Chinese buyers or advice for designers who do not want to imperil clients, but it doesn't provide a thorough grounding for readers new to an intricate and foreign way of looking at the physical spaces that surround them. Because of its historical insights and in-depth analyses, Lip's book would be appropriate for academic libraries while Chuen's thorough but readable advice would be the best choice for general readership.David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
Booknews
Medical practitioner, master of Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung, and student of both Buddhist and Taoist traditions explains the art of arranging one's life in accordance with the forces of the universe. After summarizing the underlying Chinese principles, he tells why to avoid living at the end of a bridge or working in an office with a panoramic view, where mirrors should and should not be placed, why yellow and orange are perfect for the kitchen but not the bedroom or living room, and other useful hints. Extensively and colorfully illustrated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805042153
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/15/1996
Series:
Henry Holt Reference Book Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.44(d)

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