Pagoda – feng shui education tower?

Sold in the market in it’s miniature form, a pagoda is commonly called the ‘feng shui education tower’, it is supposed to assist a child or a scholar in his/her studies. My curiosity led me to read up on the history of pagodas, Does a miniature pagoda really help a child in his/her studies or is it another marketing gimmick of the shopkeeper?

What is a pagoda?

A pagoda is a tall multi-storey structure located in the Buddhist temple grounds. In the olden times it was generally divided in three halves – the top, the body and the base. The top usually resembled the Indian stupa; the body would often be used to enshrine a statue of Buddha and the base to bury Buddhist relics. A pagoda is the most important and central structure of a Buddhist temple.

Where did pagodas originate?

A pagoda as Buddhism architecture has its origin in India. In India pagodas are known as stupas, which are tombs to store the cremated bone remains of saints and heroes. In Sanskrit stupa means to accumulate. Its shape was like a dome, and most of them were made from soil or stone. A stupa showed completeness and the balance of the energy in the universe. It was representing the universe itself. Lord Buddha asked to have his bones put in a stupa after he died, so his pupils made stupas to store his remains after his death. Then, they had made stupas as the symbol of the tomb of Buddha. For this reason, a stupa was the most significant structure in a temple.

Transition from stupa to pagoda

Buddhist sources point to the evolution of the word pagoda from the Sanskrit dhatu garba meaning a womb containing magical sacred relics, the Singhalese dagoba, meaning a stupa. In “A Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture” Liang Ssu-Cheng has written that the word pagoda is derived from Chinese (pinyin ba jiao ta), meaning literally “eight-cornered tower”. Octagonal based pagodas were extremely famous in late Ming and early Qing dynasty.

Feng shui and pagoda

In the feng shui classic Shen Xi Xuan Kong Xue, one of the yang zhai thirty principles states that tall tower like object is good for academic achievement when they are in the location of #1 white star and # 4 green star or #1 white star and #6 white star. It further states that the stars have to be in prosperous timing. It adds that the pagoda can be treated as the scholar’s pen.

What is the connection between pagoda’s and education?

Looking into history and the actual use of pagoda’s there is no connection between education and pagoda’s.

The reference to pagoda’s in ancient feng shui text mentions that a tall tower located in star #1 white star and # 4 green star or #1 white star and #6 white star (when they are prosperous) is good for academic achievement.

In fact, if in your house you have a mountain star #1 white that is supported by a lush green wood type mountain then this kind of configuration will also promote academic achievements.There are many other kinds of configuration that can promote academic achievements.

Does a miniature pagoda work as an enhancer of academic performance?

According to the classics it has to be a tall tower located in prosperous stars #1 white star and # 4 green star or #1 white star and #6 white star. A miniature is definitely not a tall tower, you will also need to be aware of the location of prosperous stars #1 white star and # 4 green star or #1 white star and #6 white star (these stars have phases and according to the phase they are in, they are prosperous, strong, supporting, retreating, bad, dead and evil).

Therefore, a miniature pagoda will not have any effect on the child’s educational performance but a tall tower like structure (pagoda or other structure) or a lush green mountain located in the correct area will be good for academic achievements.

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