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About Marina Lighthouse -
Marina Lighthouse is a certified Feng Shui consultant, teacher, and expert on the Black Sect Tantric School of Feng Shui. She leads informative workshops and has consulted for private commercial and corporate projects throughout the United States and Canada. Ms. Lighthouse has been a guest lecturer at the U.C. Berkeley Architectural Department. She manages the successful Feng Shui consulting business, Lighthouse Feng Shui LLC (Harmony in Your Environment), in Los Altos, California. In 2001 she launched the popular Feng Shui accoutrements website store fengshuishopper.com.
A California native, and daughter of a Dalmatian immigrant, who grew up in the Silicon Valley when apricots were once more plentiful than i-Pods, Marina was introduced at an early age to Chinese folklore by her father, Benjamin Marinovich, a hard-working agricultural entrepreneur and native of Korcula, Croatia (the birthplace of Marco Polo). Since early childhood she has had a deep fascination with divination. As a result, she studied the I Ching extensively, and also immersed herself in Buddhist and Taoist theology. She was introduced to Feng Shui in 1991 and began the gradual transition from full-time musician to full-time Feng Shui practitioner.
An independent producer, recording artist, and direct disciple of H.H. Grandmaster Lin-Yun Rinpoche, her three most recent
CD albums, Feng Shui Tune-Up, Heart Sutra, Oracle: Passages of Kuan Yin, have all featured this world-renown spiritual leader. As a long-time devotee of Kuan Yin, Marina Lighthouse has also gone on a spiritual pilgrimage to Kuan Yin’s island of enlightenment. Her dedication and connection to “she who hears the cries of the world” has now inspired this book and Kuan Yin Oracle Board.
About His Holiness Grandmaster Lin-Yun-
His Holiness Grandmaster Professor Thomas Lin-Yun is the founder and supreme leader of the contemporary Black Sect Tantric Buddhism. His teachings were comprehensive, philosophical, and spiritual. They incorporate the essence of Confucianism, Taoism, Yin-Yang philosophy, Eclecticism, Exoteric Buddhism, I-Ching, Theory of Ch'i, Holistic Healing, Feng Shui, and Folkloric Studies.
He was also highly regarded as a leading authority on Feng Shui.
Grandmaster Lin-Yun was born in Beijing in 1932. By the time he was six, his spiritual gifts were “discovered” by Tibetan lamas. They took him under their tutelage at the famous Yon-he Buddhist Temple. For nine years they taught him Black Sect Tantric Buddhism and later Feng Shui. At seventeen, he left China for Taiwan and continued his studies with Buddhist scholars.
His Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui School is the most widely practiced Feng Shui method in the United States. For the past forty years, his ideas have been called the “Modern School of Feng Shui” because they adapt an ancient practice to modern living. Black Sect Feng Shui incorporates science, architecture, environmental design, psychology and other contemporary disciplines in its analysis.
In 1986, Grandmaster Lin-Yun founded the Yun Lin Temple in Berkeley, California, and opened the Cultural Center seven years later. In 1994 he established the second official temple, Lin Yun Monastery in Long Island, New York. In 1998, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the supreme leader of the Bon religion, enthroned Grandmaster Lin-Yin as His Holiness of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism in its current and fourth stage of development.
Over the years Grandmaster Lin-Yun established many sanctuary shrines, or “Yun Shi Jing She” all over the world. 2008 celebrates a new temple opening in Taiwan. In addition to promoting Buddhist teachings, Chinese philosophies and folkloric cultures, H.H. Grandmaster Lin-Yun’s temples and shrines also serve to provide blessings and guidance for disciples and visitors. In August 2010, H.H. Grandmaster Lin Yun Rinpoche transitioned into the Pure Land where many believe he is smiling and his omni-present energy is helping us all.
About the Translator-
Chris Wen-Chao Li is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at San Francisco State University, where he teaches courses in general linguistics, advanced and intermediate Chinese language, calligraphy, and Chinese web applications, and graduate seminars in Chinese phonology, semantics, morphology, translation theory, and consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. Prior to the present appointment, he lectured on advanced-level English, phonetics, phonology, creative writing, news writing, and translation studies at National Taiwan Normal University, and taught Chinese language and poetry at the University of Minnesota. He has also worked as a Chinese language current affairs producer and radio announcer for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service in London.
Dr Li received his masters and doctoral degree in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology from Oxford University, where his research focused on Mandarin sound change and Chinese phonology. He is the author of A Diachronically-Motivated Segmental Phonology of Mandarin Chinese (New York: Peter Lang, 1999), Media Chinese (Taipei: Lucky Books, 2005) and numerous scholarly treatises on language and translation. His translations of Chinese prose and poetry have appeared in Renditions (Hong Kong) and The Chinese Pen (Taipei). His current research interests include sound change, language contact, neologisms, cultural translation, online phonological simulation, Chinese Romanization systems, and the phonological description of Mandarin Chinese varieties.