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Sung Dynasty Feng Shui Master Lai Bu Yi
Among the many students of Yang Yun Sung (600 – 804 AD) there were the more famous ones Liu Jiang Dong and Zheng Wen Can. Zheng Wen Can was the one who wrote Qing Nang Xu, Green Satchel Continuation, one of the three Green Satchels Feng Shui texts.
These disciples often started their own schools, following the traditional Chinese style of setting up their own Tangs (schools or practicing houses). In those days, the traditional practice would be to pass on the teachings only to sons and not to daughters.
These schools started to teach outsiders and thus spreaded Fengshui on a wider scale. At the same time, there were also individuals who developed their own new tactics or learnt from other masters who were not of the original school.
For example, the Yang Gong school admits that there were masters who developed their own form of Yang Gong Fengshui by incorporating other methods into the original form. Thus was the beginning of Yang Gong Xin Fa (Yang Gong New Method).
Lai Bu Yi wrote two Feng Shui books: Di Li Xue Fa, and Cui Guan Pian.
Yang Yun Sung was credited with the invention of the Di Pan, Dian dian dao Ring, 72 Dragons Ring, and Tian Pan. It is wrongly claimed that within his Qing Nang Aow Yi is the famous but seldom properly understood theory of Dian Dian Dao using the Di Pan 72 dragons. Only his two rings, Di Pan and Tian Pan, were used.
Lai Bu Yi's Ren Pan Misunderstood and Attacked by Yang Gong School
Some, e.g. the Yang Gong school, do not accept Lai Bu Yi's Ren Pan:
Modern practitioners are not familiar with the real reasons for the 24 Mountains.
By the Sui dynasty, it was realised that the then intercalary method of adding lunar months was getting erratic, and the months were not synchronised with the four major points of the solstices and equinoxes. During the Sui dynasty it was decided that, to assist in determining the lunar month, the solar year should be divided into 24 equal divisions, each division being equivalent to 15 degrees in the circle. Two contiguous divisions would sum up to 30 degrees. This is the origin of the 12 solar months of the solar calendar.
To track the lunar months, it was recognised that the lunar month is about 29 degrees. The beginning of a solar division to the end of the next solar division is exactly 30 degrees. That is, the 29 dgrees of the lunar month is just short of the 30 degrees of two contigous solar divisions. Most of the time, the lunar month would normally cover the beginning of one solar division and beginning of the next solar division. However, when the lunar month had only one solar division, and missed the other beginning, the next month became an intercalary month. This next intercalary month would become the double month of the month.
The 24 Mountains were meant to increase the efficiency of computing the lunar months and their intercalations to synchronise them with the solar year.
The adjoining two of the 24 Mountains are actually one Branch or one lunar month! The modern Compass schools have lost the understanding of how the Luopan markings are to be used!
Lai Bu Yi Knew People were Misusing the Luopan
The Compass 24 Mountains are meant to help track the proper timing of the 12 Branches. The 12 Branches, 24 Mountains and even 60 signs on the Luopans are all meant for proper tracking of Time.
However, Lai Bu Yi could see even during his time, people were superstitiously misusing the Luopan Time markings for physical orientations or directions. These 24 Mountains "directions" were then wrongly used to determine auspiciousness of a site.
Liao Yu was a direct disciple of Yang Yun Sung, while Lai Bu Yi was of the next generation of disciples.
Both Liao Yu and Lai Bu Yi were merelty expressing a view which was already recorded by the Tang document Xue Xin Fu, that the Luan Tou determination of the auspiciousness of a site cannot be challenged by Compass methods. Other Feng Shui masters were also aware that, thiswise, Xue Xin Fu attacked the Compass schools:
The last passage above states that the sole use of the Compass method to determine the auspiciousness of a site is wrong. The auspiciousness can only be determined by the Luan Tou method. Do not be fooled by the Compass schools when they resort to dubious claculations to say a site is auspicious or not. Yang Yun Sung and Xue Xin Fu says they are all quacks!
The Time aspects of the Luopan markings are meant for something else - this is a complex subject matter where you may have to attend our courses to find out. The truth is that modern practitioners have lost the original true method of using the Luopan. The real Compass techniques have been long lost! They all have got to go back to primary school to re-learn.
Restoration of True Feng Shui.
There is no doubt that Xue Xin Fu, Snow Heart Poem, is against extant Compass schools doctrines and classifies the Compass methods as misleading people. It identifies the issues of determining the auspicousness of a site and the Kung Mang lines as where the Compass schools commit serious errors. Famous Sung dynasty Feng Shui master Lai Bu Yi also agreed.
Practitioners should not just swallow what the Compass masters say. That there are so many different Feng Shui groups is a warning signal to express caution in believing which Feng Shui school is right or wrong.
Yes, there are many wrong doctrines, but how do you know? You just have to study the ancient Feng Shui texts, the historical development of Feng Shui and also the scientific basis to know and judge.
Otherwise, you would just have to keep your mouth shut and pretend to know!
Xue Xin Fu is regarded by some as the most important Luan Tou Feng Shui text. It has a lot of attacks on the Compass schools principles. Read the other related articles below.
Yang Yun Sung and his students, like Liao Yu, Zheng Wen Cha, Lai Bu Yi, attacked the highly erratic Compass methods which still floated down to this day. Beware of these wrong Compass methods. Contact me if you want to learn a more original integrated Feng Shui, what I call "Confucius' Ching Yang Feng Shui" , as Confucius wrote about it. Find out the original Confucius' secrets of the Ming Tang with our courses below: