Feng Shui Glossary

Black Hat Sect
An unorthodox sect of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism that in China mixed Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Bon with indigenous Chinese beliefs and practices. It combines religious and philosophical Taoism, Confucianism, folk cures and customs, and feng shui.
ch’i (chee)
Cosmic breath or energy ascribed to the atmosphere, the earth, and humans. This is the most important principle that feng shui experts seek to alter; they channel and enhance environmental ch’i flow to improve human ch’i and thus increase happiness, wealth, and vitality.
chu-shr (chew-shir)
The yet-to-be-discovered; that which is outside science and our range of knowledge; “illogical” cures.
feng shui (fung shway)
Literally translated as “wind and water,” it is the Chinese art of placement, of balancing and enhancing the environment.
I Ching (ee ching)
An early mystical text of divination, the mother of Chinese thought, used to tell fortunes and to give guidance. Its texts offer wisdom and depict the universe and man’s fate in constant flux. Its trigrams embody an early cosmology linking nature and man, and provide a mystical chart where human fate is directly linked to surroundings.
ling
Tiny airborne particles of embryonic ch’i — the prenatal and post-death spirit of an individual.
mantra (mahntra)
A ritualistic chant that, combined with a mudra and a wish, blesses a home or an individual to enhance environmental and human ch’i.
mudra (moodra)
A hand blessing — often similar to hand gestures of the Buddha — which, with a mantra and a wish, can bless or exorcise a place or person.
ru-shr (roo-shir)
That which is known, within our scope of experience and knowledge; “logical” cures.
sying (shing)
Forms, the immanent aspect of feng shui — what we can see, feel, and move, ranging form earth shapes, landscaping, road directions, houses, and rooms to furniture placement.
Tao (dow)
“The Way,” a philosophical concept of unity of opposites that describes the true nature and harmonious governing principles of man and the universe.
Taoism
Both a philosophy and a religion. As a philosophy, it preaches transcendence of the mundane through identifying with Tao and the laws of nature; as a popular religion, it integrates Chinese custom and wisdom, encompassing folklore, astrology, herbal medicine, and feng shui to help devotees achieve worldly success, happiness, and comfort.
TTB or Tibetan Tantric Buddhism
A form of Buddhism prevailing in Tibet derived from Indian Mahayana Buddhism. Based on the esoteric mysticism of Tantra (tradition of ritual and yoga) and on Bon (a primitive and mystic religion of Tibet See Black Hat sect.
yin-and-yang theory
The Taoist concept that unites all opposites.
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