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Taoism feng shui technique: Zhong Sheng Ji

Updated on June 30, 2020

Feng shui is divided into two kinds: yin dwelling feng shui (阴宅风水) and yang dwelling feng shui (阳宅风水). The yin dwelling refers to a grave while the yang dwelling is the residence of the living.

It is widely believed that burying a deceased in a grave that has good feng shui can result in good fortune and prosperity for the descendants.

“Zhong Sheng Ji” (种生基) is an advanced Taoism feng shui technique, which originated from Jiangxi. The technique applies the yin dwelling feng shui principles to a living person. It involves creating a false tomb for a living person so that he or she can benefit from the good yin dwelling feng shui during his or her own lifetime.

Zhong Sheng Ji is also known as “longevity tomb” (寿墓) or “live grave” (生坟).

(Note: Literally translated, Zhong 种means ‘to plant’, Sheng 生stands for ‘live’, and Ji 基refers to ‘base or foundation’. The three Chinese words 种生基 means “creating a live grave”.)


The procedure involves the following:

(1) Good feng shui site

A suitable site first needs to be found. Although the burial is false, the site must still meet the feng shui requirements for yin dwelling.

The five factors governing the choice of a yin dwelling are as follows:

Loong (龙) - “dragon”, the most significant factor. In geomancy, the dragon form represents the topography of the site. Besides the profile of a good dragon, having the “breath of cosmic life” (生气) is vital to the burial ground.

Xue (穴) – foundation of the tomb. The foundation factor is the most difficult to assess. There is a saying, “To find the dragon is easy, the xue difficult.” The ancient Song of Geomancy indicated that it takes three years to find the dragon but ten years to find the xue ( 三年寻龙, 十年点穴).

Sha (砂) – symbolizing the surroundings of the site.

Shui (水) – water, representing the streams flowing through or by-passing the site.

Xiang (向) - orientation of the site.

(2) Personal data and belongings

After the fengshui site has been located, the feng shui master will collect certain personal data and belongings of the person concerned. These items are:

· Full name, address, date and time of birth

· A drop of blood from the middle finger (left for male and right for female)

· Strands of hair (including pubic hair) (left for male and right for female)

· Nails from all the fingers and toes

· A set of clean, used underwear and clothes

· A clean pair of used socks

· A clean pair of used shoes

Other items that may also be required are five types of whole grains, copper coins, precious stones, jade, a red cloth, etc.

Details of the procedure may vary slightly with different feng shui masters.

(3) Prayer ceremony for burial

On an auspicious day and time, a prayer ceremony for the burial will be held. The abovementioned items will then be placed in a little coffin or cremains urn, which will be buried in the live grave. The prayer ceremony will be conducted continuously for 49 days.

Logic behind the technique

Yin dwelling feng shui has been practised for thousands of years. Even well-educated men in ancient China believed in tomb feng shui.

The location of an ancestor’s grave is said to bring good fortune or otherwise to his or her later generations, depending on the feng shui of the grave. The theory is based on the fact that the deceased and the descendants shared the same bloodline. Therefore, if the body or bones lying in the tomb is absorbing the evil influences of bad feng shui, it will reflect on the later generations as well.

Creating a live grave is just an application of this theory to a living person. The personal belongings of the person concerned have his or her DNA. Therefore, burying these items, together with the personal data, is symbolical of the burial of that person.

Many Chinese believed that this technique of false burial can help in matters such as increasing life span, having a child or heir, promotion to higher official rank, scholarly achievements, attracting wealth and good fortune, and even saving lives, etc.

Reasons for Zhong Sheng Ji

Many prominent and wealthy businessmen in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are rumoured to have used Zhong Sheng Ji to enhance their wealth and success.

Some others have resorted to this advanced Taoism feng shui method to help in recovering from serious illnesses. It has been claimed that the life span can be prolonged by 10 years.

There are still others who wanted it for reasons such as the changing of luck, enhancing career advancement, improving winning chances in a legal tussle, wishing for a child or heir, increase in life span, and so forth.

Zhong Sheng Ji is also popular among the Hong Kong celebrities, many of whom were believed to have used this Taoism technique to solve their problems.

An authentic Zhong Sheng Ji is very costly and is not within the reach of the common folks.

A high price to pay

In ancient days, most feng shui masters were reluctant to do Zhong Sheng Ji. As the potent technique is somewhat against the will of Heaven, the feng shui master who performed the service might end up in illness or even shorter life span himself.

Zhong Sheng Ji performed in those days were usually for people who were seriously ill and near dying. But these people will have to pay a high price for resorting to this technique. They have got to abide by three conditions, namely:

(a) The creation of the false tomb must be kept a secret, otherwise it will be non-effective.

(b) They have to donate all their money to charity.

(c) Every night they have to pray to the deities for blessings.

For those who did manage to survive the illnesses, they still cannot be back to their previous healthy self. In addition, they will have some strange behaviour.

Nowadays, Zhong Sheng Ji is used rather liberally, especially for wealth and success.

With this technique, the person concerned receives good fortune that are not rightfully his or hers. This person is obligated to be philanthropic, and performs good deeds throughout the rest of his or her life. Misfortune will befall if the person does evil, with the possibility of ending up in a violent death.

In the event that his client does evil, the fengshui master who did the Zhong Sheng Ji will also be implicated. His own good fortune and longevity will suffer too.

Simplified version

A simplified version of this method became popular in recent years, with Zhong Sheng Ji being created inside a home.

The authentic, traditional technique utilizes the natural landscape and forces of nature to create a good fengshui live grave which, in turn, brings about good fortune and prosperity.

Traditional feng shui masters, therefore, doubt very much that the simplified version will work.


Chinese Geomancy by Evelyn Lip (in English)

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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