All posts for the month Marso, 2012

Taking Home Some Good Chi from Holy or Sacred Places

Published Marso 31, 2012 by jptan2012

Whenever I go on a trip, I always make sure to visit a holy or sacred place. In China, I always try to visit a famous temple or a sacred site like Mt. Putuo. In Bangkok, I visit the famous Four – Faced Buddha. In France, I try to visit Lourdes.

An image of the largest Kuan Yin in the world which is found in the holy mountain in China - Mt. Putuo.

It doesn’t matter whether the holy or sacred place is a Buddhist site or a Muslim site or a Catholic place. As long as it’s considered holy or sacred I try to visit it and take with me a slice of good chi from the holy site.

I do this by getting a small amount of earth from the site, or in the case of Lourdes I buy some ‘holy water’, or I get some burnt incense ash from their incense burner.  I then bring them home and put them on my altar or in the garden.

The natural things found in these places imbibes the positive chi of the holy or sacred place and bringing them to your house will ‘bless’ your place with their chi.

However, you should make sure you mentally ask permission first before you get anything from these places. It is also advisable that you do a thank you offering for the ‘blessing’ that you’re taking home.

There are different ways of doing an offering. You can either offer some flowers, incense, or donate some money.

Curing a Feng Shui Blunder Caused by a Leisure Tour

Published Marso 30, 2012 by jptan2012

In my last post before I went on a blog rest I talked about a Feng Shui blunder caused by our excitement while we’re on a vacation or a leisure trip or tour. I shared with you the bad luck that my friends and I experienced because of our innocent trip to the Ming Tombs. I also shared the story of a former officemate who went to Egypt entered a pyramid and had a series of bad luck.

I received some email inquiring what are the Feng Shui, Buddhist and/or Taoist amulets that one need to protect oneself from the negative effects of a Yin dominant place like cemeteries, tombs, morgues. I debated whether to share those amulets here because as I mentioned at the end of the post, it is better not to tempt fate and just completely avoid these Yin dominant tourist spots. While I’ll most likely share the said amulets in a future post, because a hospital is also a Yin dominant place, I believe for now it is important that everyone understands that amulets may help but nobody can tell whether it would be enough so again – IT IS BETTER NOT TO TEMPT FATE AND JUST AVOID ENTERING YIN DOMINANT PLACES. You can just simply admire it from the outside.

Having said that I would like to share with you how to cure should you accidentally enter a Yin dominant place while you’re on a trip.

First thing you can do is to go a restaurant before you go back to your hotel. Ask for a rock or sea salt. Put some on your head and throw some on your back before you go back to your hotel.

When you get back to your hotel, ask for a sea or rock salt and take a salt bath. A cup of salt in a bathtub will do. Just soak yourself for about 5 minutes. More if you want to relax, but 5 minutes is the minimum amount of time. If possible light some candle and place it beside you while you’re in the tub. Use red, yellow, orange, or pink candle. Don’t use white.

Before going to sleep recite one full mala (108 times) of the Mantra of the Medicine Buddha – TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA. If you want to know more about the Medicine Buddha do read my post entitled – MEDICINE BUDDHA: A HEALER, PROVIDER, AND PROTECTOR OF BOTH THE PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL REALM.

If possible, try to go out and have some small party with your tour group.

Also, on the particular day that you made a Feng Shui blunder of entering a Yin dominant place, do sleep with the lights on that particular night.

From a Blog Rest

Published Marso 29, 2012 by jptan2012

It has been 3 days since I last posted something on this blog. I was kind of busy and I also thought that I needed some rest from the blog.

The first time I started this blog, it is because I was inspired by my favorite Filipino writer – Ricky Lee, to try writing again. It is something that I always wanted to do but my poor command of any written language, except maybe Chinese, seems to prevent me from pursuing that dream.

When I first set up this blog, it’s clear with me that I want to write about anything and everything under the sun as along as IT INTERESTS ME. I never thought that the blog would become a Feng Shui blog, well…more or less.

I still want to write about food, about my travels, I still want to tell stories, but it seems like that the blog has taken a life of its own. Sure Feng Shui is something that greatly interests me but sometimes writing about it has its down side. I do get a lot of ‘hate’ email and comments from people who says that they’re are ‘Christians’. I delete their comments and sometimes I try not to read them but they do get through me, it makes me wonder whether my posts has become ‘preachy’.

I also do get a lot of emails where people share with me their problems. Some of them I share here, but some of them are best not shared because they’re too personal and can be too depressing. Slowly, I find myself taking more time in saying my mantra and my Buddha offering because I do include some of the readers who I believe needs blessings from the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Deities, or Immortals. To be honest, to some extent it has become a burden and sometimes I feel like I’m taking on more than I can really handle.

The blog rest is really more than just for me to take time out to rest from writing, but it is really to assess whether I want to continue with the blog. I know it’s quite early for me to feel ‘burn out’ since the blog is only 4 months old but somehow the blog posts about Feng Shui has become some sort of a responsibility. I don’t like that feeling. I want this blog to be my outlet and not my responsibility.

The three days that I went on a blog rest didn’t prevent me from receiving emails from readers who says that they’ve been reading and following my blog. I also received quite a number of emails asking how come I haven’t been writing, and this I got right on the first day I didn’t post anything. Furthermore, emails about people sharing with me their problems and/or asking for a consult about Feng Shui or how to solve one of their problems, continued.

I’m glad that I took a blog rest because I got the chance to be able to read a short online biography of Paulo Coelho. According to Paulo Coelho, he writes primarily because he wants and thinks he has something to say, and in the process he hopes that he’s able to influence, inspire, or help a person. He further said that every writer who has put out his writing into the world has a responsibility to his readers. It’s a responsibility to be honest. This made me realize that I may have been a little selfish. If I simply want to be able to write, then I should have simply kept a private journal.

I should be thankful that people do take time out to read my blog and I should even be more thankful that my readers do take time out to interact with me. This is the power of a blog, you get to know whether you’re able to inspire, to influence, and most of all to help.

Why do I want to write? Why did I started this blog? Because I want to be able to share something, I believe I have something to share.

What Paulo Coelho shared made me realize that I, if I want to continue to write, have a responsibility both to myself and to my readers. I’ve decided that I will try to be more balance, I will write more about the other things that I want to write about, but more importantly, I will embrace the responsibility of the effects of what I write. I will take the responsibility of reading the ‘hate’ mails and look beyond the accusations that I’m an anti-Christ. I will take responsibility as much as I can and say mantras for people who really need them. But more than anything else I’ll take responsibility and enjoy writing what I want to write.

A Leisure Tour that Caused Several Years of Bad Luck

Published Marso 25, 2012 by jptan2012

In one of my previous posts at the start of the summer season here in the Philippines, I wrote about the different SIGNS OR OMENS OF A BAD TRAVEL LUCK and I also shared some FENG SHUI TIPS FOR A SAFE TRAVEL.

However, when we are on a vacation or on a leisure trip abroad it’s very easy for us to get excited and lose our Feng Shui consciousness. The different wonderful site and/or historical or cultural places sometimes cause us to do some Feng Shui blunders.

Several years back, I went on a trip to mainland China with a couple of friends, who happens to be married to each other. We mainly stayed in Beijing, and were easily lost in the wonderful cultural sites the place has to offer us. Part of our itinerary is a trip to the Great Wall of China and the famous Ming Tombs.

At the Ming Tombs we went down and entered some of the actual tombs and were mesmerize with the rich historical story behind the tombs, not to mention the beauty of the site.

Everything in that trip went really well, and we soon came back home and went back to our normal routine. However, the normal routine proved to be abnormal in the sense, we started having different challenges. My problem is about my work and career. I lost some money because somebody stole it from me. I’ve shared about this in one of my first posts.

My friends, who are married to each other, had bigger misfortune. A few months after we arrived, my guy friend lost his job, his wife, my girl friend, got pregnant which should be a joyful event but she had a miscarriage on her 3rd month of pregnancy. But more than that they also both went through several years of bad luck even if their Bazi, which was analyzed by a Feng Shui expert, indicated that both of them are going through a 5 year cycle of good luck.

It is only when I studied Feng Shui that I realized that the trip to the Ming Tombs could have caused the misfortune that befell us.

Another proof that visiting a Yin dominant place can be bad for your luck happened to a former officemate. A and her whole family went to Egypt. As expected they went to visit some pyramid where the whole family went inside the pyramid and different chambers, which as everyone knows are the tombs.

Maybe the effect with them is much more magnified because the whole family went inside and was affected by the Yin energy of the pyramid. Right after that trip, A’s mom had cancer, the father’s business started going bad and A herself started doing poorly in her work. Furthermore, A’s older brother started using drugs also.

I was no longer working with A when I found out about this, but she decided to ‘consult’ me because she knows of my Feng Shui background. She shared with me that out of desperation with all the bad luck that was happening to their family they consulted a psychic. This psychic told them that the whole family attracted a bad luck because they trespassed into a ‘spirit’ world. According to A the psychic didn’t know that they went to Egypt and entered the pyramid. A was not actually sure whether the psychic was referring to the pyramid because it happened more than a couple of years ago.

When she shared with me the story, I knew right away that the psychic was right and that A was also right in thinking that it was caused by their trip to Egypt.

If you’ve read my previous posts, you’d know that living spaces like malls, houses, and offices are Yang dominant places. On the other hand, cemeteries or even morgues are Yin dominant places. We must treat Yin dominant places with ‘respect’ and should not simply go there out of fun. There must be a purpose before we are really ‘allowed’ to go to a Yin dominant place and even then we should take a lot of precaution because going into a Yin dominant place may create some bad luck to the person who went inside the Yin dominant place. The effect may not be immediate, and sometimes if you wear some Feng Shui/Buddhist/Taoist amulets you won’t feel the effect at all, but it’s always better not to tempt fate.

Natural Wealth and Harmony Feng Shui Enhancer

Published Marso 24, 2012 by jptan2012

One of the most common question people ask is whether there are no natural Feng Shui cures or enhancers.

The question is there are a lot of natural Feng Shui cures and/or enhancers, it’s just that sometimes it’s not practical to use them because you have to replace them often, specially if it’s a Feng Shui cure or enhancer that may rot, wilt, or dry. A wilted, rotten, or dried, Feng Shui cure or enhancer will create more negative than positive chi.

But I do understand that sometimes why you need to source out your more permanent Feng Shui cure or enhancer, or while you’re saving up for it, you can use some natural Feng Shui cure or enhancer.

Before we move forward, natural here refers to Feng Shui cure or enhancers that are given to us by nature. I’ve written about such a Feng Shui enhancer before – Ammonite. An ammonite is unique though in the sense that you really don’t have to replace it because it’s a fossilized creature but it still does cost a lot, natural quartz, gemstones, gold are also some example of the natural Feng Shui cures or enhancers.

Today, allow me to share two very simple natural Feng Shui wealth and harmony enhancer.

The first one is Sugar. We all know that sugar is bad for the body, it’s bad for the health, but sugar is a good natural wealth and harmony enhancer. Your house should never run out of sugar because no matter how small it affects your wealth luck and harmony luck at home.

Brown sugar is better than white sugar, and it has to be real sugar made from sugar cane and not Muscovado or Agave sweetener. Also, using raw sugar cane also works well; in fact, it works better than refined sugar.

The problem with using sugar is that for it to be really effective it has to be place in a white or red bowl on your dining table and/or coffee table in your living room.

Another natural wealth and harmony enhancer that can be easily bought in a grocery or the market is an apple. For this you need, at least 5 or more red apples on your dining table and/or coffee table in your living room. It has to be 5 or more and not less than 5 for it to work. I really don’t know the explanation regarding the number but Feng Shui experts’ just notice that it works well if it’s more than 5.

The problem with sugar and apples as a Feng Shui cure or enhancer is that both are affected by weather/climate and time. Humidity may make the sugar into big lump of crystals or it may cause it to have some moist. If either of the two things happens, the good Feng Shui will also stop working. In the case of an apple, it will rot. A rotten apple will also cause bad Feng Shui. Nevertheless, you can always replace them with fresh sugar or apple.

Overpowering Yang Energy Caused by a Bridge

Published Marso 23, 2012 by jptan2012

A friend is scouting for new home and he requested to me check out a place that he’s thinking of buying. He said the price is quite good and he has checked it out and like the place.

So yesterday we went to check the place out. The house was beautiful and for a big house, the selling price that the owners were asking for it is quite a bargain. There is only one problem; it is situated at the end of a bridge.

Readers of this blog knows that I always say that living space should have a balance of energy. However, balance here means that since it’s a house for the living there should be more Yang than Yin. Balance here means Yin should not be absent, but Yang should dominate the house and even the surrounding of the house.

A bridge creates a lot of energy, especially if traffic is quite heavy. Meaning a bridge, because it’s ‘moving’ creates a lot of Yang energy. You would think since its important for a living space to have more Yang this is going to be good. However, the operative word here is ‘balance’ it cannot have too much Yang that Yin is completely overpowered.

The particular bridge here is a high traffic bridge and while it continues to a road, the house that my friend wants to buy is right at the end of the bridge.

What will happen? This may cause one or all of the following things, the family who lives in the area will become greedy with money, they may also suffer from conflict amongst themselves, and/or they may be besiege with health problems

The Feng Shui of the house is actually okay. It has to undergo some Feng Shui renovations but it is not really bad. I explained to my friend, in front of the agent who happens to be a cousin of the previous family who owns the house, that the previous owner of the house may have been wealthy but they could have suffered from any of the three things I mentioned above.

The agent was quite surprised with what I said and admitted that her cousins family is quite well off but the patriarch recently got really sick and her cousins has been fighting about the properties even before their parents passed away. The mother, the agent’s aunt, decided to sell off the house to avoid further fighting and decided that she’ll try to spend their money for the hospital bills and enjoy some of it to teach their children a lesson. The patriarch and matriarch have both since moved to a condominium.

My friend decided not to buy the property.

Bad Feng Shui Fashion

Published Marso 22, 2012 by jptan2012

I don’t have the right to write about fashion. I don’t have any fashion sense that is why in my marketing consultancy business I never took on any clients that has something to do with fashion.

For me, clothes are not about what is nice, but it’s more of what’s comfortable and what is lucky or unlucky for me. Many times when I recommend something to a friend and/or relative, they’ll tell me that it’s very unfashionable.

Well, I don’t think Feng Shui has to be unfashionable. Feng Shui would be able to tell you what you need to wear or what you shouldn’t be wearing but it’s up to you to make it ‘fashionable’.

So, after confessing that I don’t have the right to write about fashion, allow me to share with you a very common bad Feng Shui fashion that I see a lot especially amongst the younger generation.

What is that fashion? Ripped Jeans!

Maybe it’s not as fashionable now as it used to be, there was a time that it was the coolest thing to wear, however, ripped jeans is one of the worst ‘fashion’ that you can adopt. I know some people would even actually rip their own jeans! The web has a lot of site that teaches you to rip your jeans. But wearing ripped jeans creates bad Feng Shui and may actually steal your good chi or energy.

Wearing ripped jeans will create so much bad Feng Shui for you that it will surely have some effect on your career, health, financial life, or even personal life.

About a couple of years ago, my cousin called to ask for my assistance. His friend’s daughter used to be an honor student but she has since started to get lower grades. She also has become a little rebellious while she used to be the nicest child among their 4 children. They’re afraid that it could be because of the bad Feng Shui since they’ve just recently moved into a new house.

I first did a Bazi analysis of the said daughter, however, it did show that she has the Scholastic Star and that she seem to be a good child and intelligent girl. Next, I did a Feng Shui audit of their house, however, other than minor Feng Shui mistakes the house is actually lucky. In fact, I can’t seem to find any problems that may be causing the change in the daughter. At the time that I went there, the daughter was in school and I didn’t get to meet her.

I was exploring the idea that other than Feng Shui could be causing the problem. However, her parents were insistent that everything has been pretty much the same except her daughter and those they’ve recently moved into a new house. I decided to be honest with them and told them that I can’t help them and can’t seem to pinpoint the problem, unless she’s sleeping on a ‘broken’ bed with ripped bed sheets, and I also said that it doesn’t seem to be the case because when I checked her bed during the Feng Shui audit everything seems to be fine. At this point, the mother had a Feng Shui ‘light bulb’ moment! She asked me whether it applies to wearing ripped jeans. I said yes, and as it turn out, as influenced by her friends, the daughter had started wearing ripped jeans about a year before they notice the problem. They talked to their daughter and they got rid of all the ripped jeans. She graduated at the top of her class and needless to say she became her old self again!

Feng Shui Gives You An Excuse to Party!

Published Marso 21, 2012 by jptan2012

There are times when even your Feng Shui forecast says that you will be experiencing a spade of good luck, but you just don’t have the energy to go and grab these good luck. If you’ve been reading about my posts, you’d know that there’s a Holy Trinity of Luck, which consists of Heaven, Earth and Mankind luck. Sometimes just one simple mistake can ruin your good Heaven and Earth luck. So you have to be very keen on checking on yourself.

However, as mentioned, there are times that even with good Heaven and Earth luck, you’re just simply not up to grabbing the opportunities set about by the two lucks. You may be feeling down with no apparent reason, or you can be simply be feeling out of touch! When this happens, I suggest you bring about a blast of yang energy into yourself.

How do you do this? You do this by having a party! It need not be a grand party wherein you need to spend ridiculous amount of money, it can be a small party participated by people who truly cares for you. It can be your family, friends, and colleagues. Invite them, preferably to your house, and serve some good food. Try to play some happy music. Make a conscious effort that you don’t talk about problems but rather focus on the good things, you can sing with your friends, or play board games with them. Be merry! A clean happy party is a burst of Yang energy and it will surely uplift you. If done in your home, it will also energize your house with Yang energy brought about by the party!

A Hermit and A Monk: A Lesson on Reciting Your Mantra

Published Marso 20, 2012 by jptan2012

Since I started writing about Mantras, I’ve received countless emails and sometimes phone calls asking me about the right intonation of a mantra. I know for people who have just been recently introduced to the power of Mantras, it may be a little daunting because some of the Mantras can be mouthful like the Medicine Buddha Mantra – TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA – or the Prajnaparamita Mantra – TADYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SOHA. The truth there are other mantras, such as the Cundi Avalokitesvara Mantra – NAMO SAKTANAM SAMYAKSAM BUDDHA KOTINAM TADYATHA OM CALE CULE CUNDI SOHA (I’ll write about Cundi Avalokitesvara soon), that are way longer than the mantras that I’ve talked about on this blog.

I realize that this might be causing a little worry to some of you thinking that your wish might not happen because you are not pronouncing it properly. Also, because you might be agonizing too much on the proper pronunciation that you tend to forget to concentrate on the intent why you’re saying the mantra.

‘A Hermit and A Monk’ is a story that was shared by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, one of the most revered monks of high status.

Lama Zopa Rincpoche is considered as the one strongly propagates Buddhism to people who otherwise wouldn’t have heard of Buddhism. His work with Lillian Too also helped bridge the gap between Buddhism and Feng Shui, which was largely considered to be a Taoist practice. He is also task by the Dalai Lama to lead the Maitreya Project. A very ambitious project that hopes to build the largest Maitreya Buddha – the Future Buddha, in the world.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche first shared this story with the members of the ‘Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition’, it was since then shared with other groups like the Amitabha Buddhist Center (a sub-center of FPMT), and he also shared this with Lillian Too.


A monk visited a hermit, who lived alone on an island doing retreat. The hermit had given himself three years to complete chanting ten million of the powerful six-syllable mantra of the Compassionate Buddha. The hermit had been told that attaining this level of practice would awaken his yogic powers. The mantra was “OM MANI PADME HUM”.

The monk listened as the hermit did his mantra and, with the best intention in the world, leaned over to him and whispered:

“I think you have got the pronunciation wrong. This mantra should be chanted this way…” and he proceeded to demonstrate. The hermit listened attentively and then watched as the monk walked back to his boat to leave the island.

Ten minutes later when the boat was halfway across the river the monk heard his name being called, and looking around, he spied the hermit and heard him call:

“Listen to this, have I got it right now?” and the hermit proceeded to chant the same mantra but with the monk’s intonation. Astounded, the monk turned around and saw the hermit walking on the water next to his boat. In that instant he realized that the hermit’s faith and sincerity had given his mantra recitation far more power than he had realized.

As you will see, the story state that what counts more is the faith and sincerity in reciting the mantra. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive hard to do our best to recite them properly, but let’s not agonize about it. If you have faith and sincerity then it’s simply impossible for it not to work!

Ji Gong: An Eccentric Buddhist Monk that Became a Taoist Wealth God

Published Marso 19, 2012 by jptan2012

Today, allow me to share with you another powerful, though not very famous, wealth god called Ji Gong or Che Kong (濟公). Also spelled as Ji Kong or Che Gong.

Ji Gong is known as the ‘Legendary Monk with a Magical Fan’. This is because he is usually portrayed as having a fan and sometimes with a bottle of wine.

I entitled this post as – JI GONG: AN ECCENTRIC BUDDHIST MONK THAT BECAME A TAOIST WEALTH GOD – because Ji Gong in reality was a Buddhist monk, was expelled from his monastic life and later on became a Taoist wealth god. The irony here, is that he’s not considered as a Buddha or a Bodhisattva in Buddhism, and it was only after the Taoist has adopted Ji Gong as a deity did the Buddhist started including him in their Koans.

(A Koan, for lack of a better description, is like a form of Sutra. It’s a fundamental part of the history and lore of Zen Buddhism and it consists of stories, dialogues, questions and statements, the meaning of which are said to be understandable through intuition or lateral thinking. )

Ji Gong was born to a famous and rich family during China’s Southern Song Dynasty. His father is a highly respected ‘businessman’ and military advisor. Ji Kong, the only son, and whose real name is Li Xiuyuan (李修元), came late in the family. His parents were actually told by a respected Feng Shui consultant that they don’t have descendant’s luck and that they will never have any children. This cause great sadness to both his parents, and considered this as one of their greatest misfortune. Since they are a religious couple they decided to make sure that they would go on various pilgrimage to different temples to ask for child.

Like most Chinese then and now, they don’t really make any distinction between Buddhism and Taoism and they would visit temples from both religions even if they were really Taoist.

It is said that in one of their pilgrimage to a Buddhist temple, they entered the hall of the 500 Arhats. Whereby the image of one of the Arhat, Mahakasyapa, fell off from the altar. It was taken as a sign that at that moment Mahakasyapa’s energy or spirit left ‘his’ image.

Not long after that, Ji Kong’s mom found out she was pregnant. They remembered the incident in the temple and believed that the baby in her womb was a gift from the Buddhas. They even began to think, that what she was carrying in her womb is the reincarnation of the Arhat Mahakasyapa!

At the age of 18, Li Xiuyuan decided to go to Hangzhou (a province in China), to enter the monastic life at the famous temple called Ling Yin Temple. After several years of studying Buddhism, he was finally ordained as a Buddhist monk and named Dao Ji Chan Shi. He was then normally called Dao Ji, thus this has become another common name of Ji Kong.

His monastic life proved to be short but memorable. Being born from a very rich family, he’s used to eating meat and drinking wine, and he was unable to give this up when he became a monk. Furthermore, he started showing some eccentricity and it is believed that he is slightly mad. However, they all agree that he is kind hearted and generous. Nevertheless, because Zen Buddhists strictly prohibits eating of meat and drinking of wine, they really didn’t have much choice but to expel him from the monastery.

After being expelled from his monastic life, Dao Ji or Ji Kong never really bothered to search for another monastery that can adopt him. He just roam on the streets and is often thought of as beggar monk, because he really didn’t gave up his Buddhist robes either.

His eccentricity continued to manifest on the streets, but so his kindness and compassionate heart. It is said, the even he looks poor he never really begged for money, and it is often a wonder as to where he gets money for food. Some say that it could be part of his inheritance, but if it were from his inheritance, it’s a mystery were he kept his wealth.

However, after a while, Dao Ji or Ji Kong started to manifest another eccentricity. Since he has a compassionate heart, he would often approach beggars on the streets and other poor families. He would listen to them, crack a joke, then murmur a prayer, after which he’ll use his fan to fan them a little. Soon after these incidents the recipient of his kindness and weird ritual will come to a good fortune. He thus earned a reputation for being a Buddhist magician, which, in turn earned him the title Ji Gong Huoto, which means the Living Buddha Ji Gong. Ji is derived from his Buddhist name Dao Ji, Gong, is a respect for a powerful elderly, and Huoto literally means living Buddha.

At his old age, Ji Kong was adopted by another monastery. This is where he passed away on the 14th day of the 5th Lunar month. Right after his death, Taoist immediately adopted him as their deity, and it is said the he continuously manifest his compassionate and magical powers to every one who keeps his image and go to him.

His image is usually pictured as a monk in rugged clothing, holding a bottle of wine and a ‘magical’ fan. He is always shown with a smiling face, because he has a very happy nature. Although, he is usually pictured wearing a hat with the word Fo, which means ‘Buddha’, Buddhist never really considered him as Buddha or a Bodhisattva. However, seeing how much he is revered in Taoism, Buddhist did include him in their Koans, some sub-sects even considers him as an Arhat.

This is a jade Ji Gong pendant. It’s very similar to the one that I have.

Having an image of Ji Kong at home, and wearing his image as a pendant is a sure way to continuously tap into his blessings of wealth.

Keeping An Empty House Alive

Published Marso 18, 2012 by jptan2012

As I mentioned in my previous posts, Feng Shui is about balancing Yin and Yang. However, to put context into that statement, when I say balance, it only means that Yin should not be totally absent, but the balance doesn’t mean it should be equal. Our homes and offices should be more Yang than Yin. Churches, cemeteries are more yin than yang.

What does it mean? It means that our living or workspaces should be infused with more Yang energy. It should connote life. If your house is too Yin, it will attract negative energies.

Oftentimes, if you just moved into a house that has been abandoned for a long time, it’s not surprising for you to feel eerie. You may be feeling the heavy Yin energy and/or you may actually be feeling negative energies such as lost souls or bad spirits who has taken residence in the house because of its accumulated Yin energy.

However, in our busy, competitive, and modern lifestyle, a lot of our younger generation has moved into an apartment or a condominium to become more independent. But this also means that you usually leave the house without a single ‘living energy’, thus creating Yin energy.

If you live on your own and spends more time outside your house or if you and your family plans to travel for a long time, you have to ensure that you keep your empty house alive.

If you and your family is going to take a long vacation and nobody is going to be left behind, please ensure that you keep your curtains open to allow sun light in. The sun’s light will ensure that your house will be infused with Yang energy everyday. If you live in a safe place, try to keep a small window open; to make sure that energy inside the house circulates. If possible try to ask somebody to go to your house every 3 days to turn the lights on, and make some nice noise by playing some music.

If you live on your own, also make sure that you leave your curtains open to ensure that the sun’s light comes in and infused your condo unit or apartment with Yang energy. If you’re out of your home longer than you are inside your home, try to leave a battery-operated radio and keep it playing. I’m suggesting a battery operated radio because it’s safer than keeping an electricity running unmanned. You can also buy a battery operated mantra player. It will keep playing a mantra making sure that your unit is not only infused with Yang energy but it also leaves a blessing brought about the mantras.

Myth Buster 8: A Piggy Coin Bank Creates Bad Luck

Published Marso 17, 2012 by jptan2012

There’s a Filipino belief that putting your loose change in a coin bank or a piggy bank or what they call ‘Alkansya’ creates bad luck. This is because, they say, you condition yourself for a time of hardship.

In a Feng Shui perspective, whether a coin bank or a piggy bank creates a bad luck or good luck depends on where you place it.

The most ideal place to put a coin bank is in the west or northwest section of your room or office. This is because the west and northwest section of your room is ruled by the metal element, and ensuring that this element is energized will activate your mentor luck and success luck, respectively. The ideal coin bank is one that is made of metal or ceramic which symbolizes the earth element.

Never put your coin bank in the east and southeast section of your room or office, because the east and southeast is ruled by the wood element, and metal destroys wood. Putting the coin bank here, especially if it accumulates a lot of coins will destroy your wealth luck.

So you see, with the preceding explanation, that Filipino myth that putting your loose change in a coin bank or a piggy bank is not entirely wrong, but neither it is entirely true. The secret is where to place the coin bank.

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