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Feng Shui

Postby unspoken » Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:48 pm

In Asia here a lot of Chinese believe in Feng Shui. They said that the wealth and health of the following generations depended on the grave of the elders. Something like if that grave is situated in the place with good and big mountains and hill, the next generation will be wealthy and so; if you release the ashes into the sea, the following generations will be in poverty. What Buddhism can say about it? Do grave really affects next generations?

And I know a Buddhist's funeral end with burning the corpse. But I am wondering after the corpse had burnt into ashes, where they place the ashes?

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Re: Feng Shui

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:11 am


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Re: Feng Shui

Postby unspoken » Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:56 am

Ancestor worshiping but they pick the place to bury. So It's a feng shui.

Then what about Gotama Buddha? After The Buddha's physical body was dead, they burnt it. But afterwards how the disciples manage it?

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Re: Feng Shui

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:57 pm

Sorry, I don't know.
You might find out by searching Access to Insight, .
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Re: Feng Shui

Postby plwk » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:45 am


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Re: Feng Shui

Postby unspoken » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:31 am

Sadhu!

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Feng Shui

Postby GrahamR » Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:33 am

With metta :bow:
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Re: Feng Shui

Postby Sylvester » Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:32 am

I think the fengshui practised for tomb placements is very different from the home/office fengshui. Can't remember the details, but the distinctions lies in one being assessed to xiantian (ante-Heavens) and the other to houtian (post-Heavens) principles. Even the luopan (fengshui compass) used in either technique differs from the other.

But it sounds pretty materialistic to me, either way. Imagine using a beloved's tomb to ensure prosperity of the line.

The Samyutta Nikaya seems to have mentioned something about the ancient Indian geomancer, if memory does not fail me.

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Re: Feng Shui

Postby unspoken » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:23 am

Since I am a Chinese, I do not sure whether to believe it or not. I do hope that after me, my family and generations will live more peaceful and wise. So I not sure does grave placement affects the following generations. My intention is for them to be good. But if I practice it, will I be against Buddha's teaching of not being superstitious?

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Feng Shui

Postby GrahamR » Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:36 am

With metta :bow:
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Re: Feng Shui

Postby chownah » Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:19 am

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Re: Feng Shui

Postby plwk » Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:33 am

Unspoken, you're a Chinese and so am I.
The Chinese culture, like all human cultures in this world, have their roots in samsara and fallible.
The Chinese do lots of things, some with wisdom, others with perpetuated ignorance that span into generations.
As a Buddhist, what is priority to yourself? The Buddha Dhamma or culture?
I leave you to decide on that...

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Re: Feng Shui

Postby Sylvester » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:31 am

The Ven Sariputta made a brief comment on the Indian geomancer, as found in the Sucimukhi Sutta, SN 28.10. The chap practises vatthuvijja, which is criticised elsewhere in the DN's standard list of Wrong Livelihood in the sila pericopes.

But Wrong Livelihood does not mean superstitious per se. Medicine is also Wrong Livelihood for a monastic.

OK, back to the discussion.

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Re: Feng Shui

Postby unspoken » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:45 am

Then can anyone tell me how the funeral/ burying ceremony conducted by Buddhists?

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Re: Feng Shui

Postby plwk » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:54 am

Here's a

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Re: Feng Shui

Postby Kim OHara » Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:49 pm

Traditions from other countries here:
and more about the Tibetan sky burial (the one I always found most different from what we do in Australia) here:

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