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Did Geomancer's Bad Advice Kill Our Daughter

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Budaya-Tionghoa.Net |Surat elektronik lawas yang berjudul "Did Geomancer's Bad Advice Kill Our Daughter" dari milis Taoism Singapore , seperti yang saya baca (lihat Appendix 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 di akhir tulisan )  amat menarik isinya. Dalam kitab Tianxian xiaozai tuisha xinfa, yang isinya mengenai cara- cara manusia mengatasi nasibnya tertulis bahwa empat langkah utama menuju proses perbaikan nasib. Tanpa empat langkah itu, maka semua usaha memperbaiki nasib akan menjadi sia-sia nantinya.


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Langkah-langkah itu sebenarnya ada di hampir semua agama dan ajaran  moralitas. Adapun langkah itu sebagai berikut , [1] chanhui atau pertobatan , [2] zhigai atau merevisi diri , [3] gongde atau berbuat amal , [4] guiyi , disini saya rubah artinya menjadi mempelajarimoralitas, ajaran agama, bukan tisarana atau baptis. Empat Nasehat Liaofan juga isinya tidak berbeda jauh. Anda bisa membaca mengenai Empat Nasehat Liao Fan ini di situs ini . [1][2][3][4]

Fengshui atau kanyu adalah merupakan cabang dari lima ilmu Taoisme yang sebenarnya harus dikuasai oleh Taoist master untuk menolong orang, dimana syarat utama mempelajari lima ilmu itu adalah moralitas yang baik dan benar untuk memupuk spiritual praktisi.

Dalam pandangan Taoisme, seseorang yang mempelajari shuan, ming dan bu harus mempelajari xuan dian atau kitab-kitab Taoisme (  kata xuan disini mengacu kepada Tao ). Kitab pertama yang harus dibaca adalah Taishang Ganying bian (  kitab moralitas bagi para
Taoist ).

Mungkin sisi ini yang perlu diperhatikan, baik oleh praktisi lima cabang ilmu Taoisme maupun clientnya.

Menurut pandangan Quanzhen Taoisme, dimana salah satu guru besarnya  yaitu Hao Datong ( maaf jika saya salah penyebutan nama ) adalah guru besar fengshui pada jamannya dan berpusat di gunung Hua.

Di Quanzhen menekankan pada pelatihan luar dalam, yaitu pelatihan fisik dan mental. Dimana mental ini berkaitan dengan karakter yang mempengaruhi kehidupan kita. Mereka menekankan pentingnya perubahan perilaku daripada perubahan struktur rumah. Dan sepanjang yang saya tahu, mayoritas daoshi sekte Quanzhen mempelajari aliran tersebut.

Saya tidak dapat menyalahkan praktisi fengshui maupun clientnya,  saya beranggapan clientnya mencoba memperbaiki diri dan praktisi fengshui berusaha menolong clientnya. Tapi dalam hal ini, kita perlu ingat bahwa fengshui dalam pandangan Taoisme adalah untuk keselarasan alam.

Mereka mencoba melakukan segala sesuatu agar bisa selaras tapi juga selain itu, mereka memupuk spiritualisme dalam diri mereka sebagai sarana mempelajari hakekat DAO dengan melihat dao. Mungkin rekan-rekan lain ada komentar ?

Hormat saya,

Xuan Tong , 26421

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TNP: Did geomancer's BAD ADVICE kill our daughter?

The Electric New Paper :Sick girl dies after move to 'perfect' home. Parents blame fengshui master Did geomancer's BAD ADVICE kill our daughter? DESPERATE to save their dying daughter, two parents turned to afengshui master for help.

By Maureen Koh, 11 June 2007

DESPERATE to save their dying daughter, two parents turned to a fengshui master for help.

They hoped that by changing the 'luck' of the family, their young  child might miraculously recover from her illness.

Following the geomancer's advice, they sold their four-room  Woodlands flat in 2005 and spent nearly $10,000 over six months to
rent flats in places such as Jurong and Bukit Batok, hoping to change their daughter's luck.

They also changed the Chinese characters of all their names.  In all, they paid $4,000 to the geomancer.

But last year, the girl died just four days short of her 6th  birthday.

Now, her parents want to sue the geomancer, but have been told that  a lawsuit could be futile.

There has been no precedent that would hold someone liable for  practising an art or belief that cannot be proven scientifically.

The couple have asked that they not be named fully. They also  declined to identify the girl's illness.

Their lawyer told The New Paper on Sunday: 'As fengshui practice  hinges very much on belief, it would take a lot to prove any hint of a malpractice.

'It is not like there is a book of authority on the subject that one  could refer to for verification. '

It seems the Lims are not the only ones who want to haul their  fengshui master to court.

A Singapore businesswoman also wants to sue the same geomancer,  claiming she went bankrupt because of his advice.


The Lims' troubles began in 2003 when their daughter, then a year  old, was diagnosed with a serious ailment.

She was in and out of hospitals, but her condition didn't improve,  said Mr Lim, 36, a sales executive.

His wife, 33, also a sales executive, added: 'My girl was very  brave. Whether it was taking medicine or frequent trips to the operating theatre, she never kicked up a fuss.'

When doctors told them in 2005 recovery was unlikely, they prayed  for a miracle.

A relative suggested they see a fengshui master.

Mr Lim recalled: 'The geomancer said the fengshui elements of our  flat were detrimental to our daughter's health.'

Fengshui is a practice that prescribes living in harmony with the  environment.

Anxious to save their child, the Lims said it did not take much to  convince them.

'At that moment, we jumped at anything to save our daughter,' Mrs  Lim said.

They asked their MP, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, to help them write to  the Housing Board to sell their flat as they did not fulfil the minimum five-year occupation period.

They have since sold the flat.

But while they waited for approval, the family rented units in  different places.

After moving out, the little girl's condition seemed to improve. The  Lims were relieved.

Mr Lim said: 'We thought the fengshui master was right. We carried  out renovation according to his advice, and even paid for some auspicious items that he said were necessary for our home.'

But their relief was shortlived.

Their daughter's health worsened when they moved into their  new 'perfect home' in Marine Parade in 2005, as advised by thegeomancer.

'The morning after we moved in, she suffered a relapse and had to be  rushed to the hospital,' Mrs Lim recalled.

Five months later, the girl slipped into a coma and was certified  brain-dead.

Fighting back tears, Mrs Lim said: 'The doctor told us that we had  to make the decision to pull the plug, but my husband and I refused.

'In the end, we didn't have to do it. By night, she was gone.'

Grief turned to fury when the couple approached three other fengshui  practitioners with the floor plan of their new home.

Mr Lim said: 'All three told us the same thing - that the room which  was picked for our child had too much 'sha qi' (harmful energy).'

While they have gradually come to terms with their daughter's death,  the Lims hope that by sharing their story, others would not be so gullible.


The Electric New Paper : Bankrupt after heeding advice


THERE is some truth to the adage, 'if it ain't broken, don't fix it'.
11 June 2007

A businesswoman here learnt this the hard way recently.

She hit a patch of bad luck soon after she changed her name and renovated her shops following the advice of the same geomancer seen by the Lims.

Ms Ting, 28, said that before changing her name, her beauty and  boutique businesses were flourishing. She opened four shops in just three years.

Just when she was about to open a fifth branch, a friend suggested  that she seek the advice of a fengshui master so she would continue to prosper.

The geomancer advised her to change her name and renovate the  existing shops, all of which she did.

Nine months later, she found herself being declared bankrupt, with a  debt of over $300,000.

Her downfall began when she took loans of nearly $220,000 for the  renovations.

To cover that, she tried to increase the prices of her goods and  services, a move that eventually caused her business to fold as her shops were in the heartlands.

Ms Ting showed us copies of her previous business certificates and  demand-letters from creditors.

'I can only blame myself for being stupid enough to believe that the  geomancer had that kind of power,' Ms Ting, who now runs stalls at night bazaars, added.

She added that it was hard to face her father now - he had been  upset and had objected to her name change. He also had to sell their four-room flat to help raise money to pay her creditors. He is now living with a relative.


Apart from the renovation loans that she had taken from two banks,  Ms Ting had also borrowed money from loansharks when she had difficulty paying suppliers and her employees.

'Aside from spending so much money on the renovations, I had also  paid up nearly $10,000 for the fengshui man's services.

'Because of that, I had no choice but to raise the prices of the  items in my shops,' she said.

When things started falling apart, she tried to contact the  geomancer but he avoided her calls, she said.

Like the Lims, she considered taking legal action, only to be told  the same thing - it would not be easy to prove anything.


The Electric New Paper :



IS popular Mediacorp actor Christopher Lee's recent trouble with the
law linked to his move to change the characters of his Chinese name
By Maureen Koh, 11 June 2007

IS popular Mediacorp actor Christopher Lee's recent trouble with the law linked to his move to change the characters of his Chinese name recently?

Some geomancers and his friends appear to think so because Lee, 36,  had been riding on a wave of success prior to the change.

In August 2004, Lee, a Channel 8 leading man and boyfriend of  popular actress Fann Wong, changed the middle character in his Chinese name, Li Ming Shun.

The character 'ming', which literally means engraved, was replaced  with a similar sounding word, meaning 'name'.

While the words sound alike, in written form, geomancers say the  left portion of the original character, which means gold, was dropped.

Lee told reporters then that he changed his name after consulting a  fengshui practitioner.

The actor had hoped the name-change would tone down his impatient  nature so that he would be more meticulous and level-headed.

Also, the move was supposed to make him a hotter star.

In 2004 and 2005, Lee made it to the list of the Top 10 Most Popular  Male Artistes.

He also landed himself a leading role in The Best Bet in March 2004.  The Jack Neo film became an instant hit when it was released in June that year.

But the TV version, in which Lee reprised his role, and which  premiered in November 2004, did not take off.

On 8 Oct last year, two years after he changed his name, Lee's star  fell when his car hit a motorcycle.

Lee, who was arrested soon after the accident, pleaded guilty to  drink driving.

He made headlines in Singapore and even Malaysia, but for all the  wrong reasons.

Last month, Lee was sentenced to four weeks' jail, fined a total of  $4,500 and given a three-year driving ban. He began serving his prison term on 28 May.

Because of this, it is believed Lee now wants to revert to his  original name.

Celebrity hairstylist and close friend David Gan told The New Paper  on Sunday that Lee shared his intention before he served his sentence.

David, 44, said: 'When Chris asked for my opinion, I told him  frankly that I would not have changed the name my mother gave me in the first place.

He added: 'Chris was already popular before he changed his name. It  was not like he became even more famous after that.'

Other fengshui practitioners also questioned the 'rationale' for his  name-change.

Retired geomancer Lien Bin, 67, who lives in Kuala Lumpur,  said: 'Fengshui is an art of living in harmony with the environment, where the cycle of life changes each year.

'Changing one's name does not really make a difference, and even  with good fengshui, a person still has to practise self-discipline. '

Mr Tan Khoon Yong from Way On Net Geomancy agreed.


Mr Tan said: 'That is why I prefer to pick the right name for a  newborn. You start right from the beginning, not halfway.'

David confessed that he had also changed his name in the past,  though it had nothing to do with fengshui.

He had changed the 'tian' in his Chinese name, Tianfa, from the  character 'sky' to 'add' because he felt it was savvier.

It was a decision he regretted. He has since returned to using his  original name.

He said: 'Although it didn't upset my late mum, I felt bad about  doing it.

'I was born with that name. My mum gave it to me. Why should I  change it?'

He took the chance to reinstate the original Chinese character when  his application for citizenship was approved in December 2005.

'I felt it was the right thing to do, so I changed it in my pink  identity card,' he said..

While David is not a fengshui fanatic, he said he is not averse to  placing auspicious items in his home.

However, he cautioned: 'Don't follow instructions blindly, you must  feel comfortable about it.

'It's fine to practise fengshui, just don't let it turn into an  obsession. Being true to your conscience is more important.'


The Electric New Paper :

IT may be an uphill task to sue a fengshui master unless the victims can prove their misfortune is due to the bad advice.
11 June 2007

IT may be an uphill task to sue a fengshui master unless the victims can prove their misfortune is due to the bad advice.

Lawyer Loo Eng Teck, from Harry Elias Partnership, said: 'One of the  issues the court will look at is whether the families are able to prove that their damages were caused by following the advice of the geomancer. This would be the hardest part to prove in a court of law.'

Veteran lawyer Amolat Singh added that, unlike accountants, doctors  and lawyers, geomancers are not regulated by any board.

'As such, there are no objective ways of measuring if one's  interpretation is right or wrong,' Mr Singh said. He once had a client who changed his name twice in three months for fengshui purposes.

There may be recourse if claimants can prove that they have been  misled into paying for the geomancer's services.

Veteran lawyerPeter Low said it may be prudent to set up a body to  regulate and accreditate the practitioners.

But, at the end of the day, it is most importantly, a case  of 'buyers beware'.

Mr Singh said: 'They can offer advice but you're the one acting on  it.'

The Electric New Paper : 

Fengshui masters trying to clean up industry UPSET with what they think are the bad apples among them, a few renowned fengshui masters here have formed an association to set a
professional code of practice.

11 June 2007
UPSET with what they think are the bad apples among them, a few renowned fengshui masters here have formed an association to set a professional code of practice.

Geomancer Tan Khoon Yong, who is one of three vice-presidents of the  two-year-old International Feng Shui Association (IFSA), said: 'One of the association' s main objectives is to forge the standard of the profession by approving accreditation only to those who have
passed the stringent checks imposed by our committee.'

Agreeing with him was MrVincent Koh, who founded the Singapore Feng  Shui Centre in 1997.

He has been teaching Basic Science of Feng Shui at Singapore  Polytechnic since 1998.


Mr Koh, 59, the IFSA's honorary treasurer, said: 'The selection  process is conducted strictly; different grades are awarded depending on the practitioner' s experience.'

But, until the young IFSA gains a firmer foothold in Singapore, the  fengshui masters felt that the public should take note of some basic tips when seeking fengshui consultations.

Start by doing your research. MrKoh said: 'A good practitioner does  not go around saying he is good. Ask for referrals.'

It may not be necessary to pay top dollar for consultation, but be  wary of those who charge 'reasonable fees', for you can end up paying more for 'supposed necessary auspicious items', MrTan cautioned.

Geomancer Adelina Pang, 40, also an IFSA member, said: 'Giving the  practice a bad name are the ones who sell all kinds of things. Fengshui is not just about selling auspicious items.'

Also, fengshui masters are no psychics or magicians.

Mr Koh said: 'The geomancer must visit the premise that's to be  assessed.'

Mr Tan added: 'And his job does not stop there.

'He has to visit again after the recommended work is completed to  ensure that everything is aligned accordingly. '

When clients approach Mr Koh with a health issue, his first question  is always: Have you consulted a doctor?

He said: 'In life-threatening situations, I tell my clients honestly  there is nothing I can do to prolong the person's life.

'I can only help to reduce his suffering by working on the fengshui  elements of his home.'

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