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Unusual Feng Shui
Your cover article by Laurel Wellman ("In the Money Corner," Aug. 26) was an unfair slam against Lin Yun. I have been fortunate to study Chinese medicine, philosophy, history, literature, astrology, and feng shui with Professor Lin and other Asian scholars. My experience of Professor Lin is that he is a kind and gentle soul. I found his Berkeley temple to be a healing and sacred place that included much Goddess imagery, not just a warehouse for overpriced Buddha statues as stated in your article.
Professor Lin is also criticized for being prosperous, but in this materialistic culture those who are not prosperous are outcasts.
If Professors Lin's approach to feng shui is too magical or unusual for Ms. Wellman, no one is forcing her to apply his methods. Sadly, your misleading article may influence readers to close the door on further study of Asian culture and philosophy.
Author of Taoist Astrology
Feng Shui as Usual
Thank you on behalf of many traditional feng shui practitioners for your investigative report and the sacrifices you made to expose the Lin Yun phenomenon ("In the Money Corner"). It seems likely that buying all the crap that Black Hat folks peddle is the feng shui equivalent of buying a Bhagavad-Gita from a Hare Krishna at the airport.
Thank you for letting readers know that there is an ancient, methodical form of feng shui that does not need to be reinvented for the self-help obsessed.
I am a traditional feng shui practitioner in L.A. and helping people on a daily basis is totally inspiring. What is exhausting is having to re-educate people about the real scope of feng shui. There's a saying that if you hear a lie enough times it becomes a truth, and sometimes I feel a bit like a deprogrammer.
Boy Germs! Boy Germs!
Mark Athitakis has no girl power ("Monkee Shines," Music, Aug. 19). All he has is boy power. When you go to a Spice Girls concert, girl power is bigger than boy power so I guess that's why Mr. Athitakis can only criticize, criticize, criticize.
He said their tour is like a television show and the girls at the concert were "detached." My dad and I went, and there were lots of girls cheering and dancing and singing along. It was fun and the girl power message is good. Also, Mr. Athitakis kept saying "10-year-old girls," and me and my friends are 11 or almost 12 years old.
Jeff Stark: God or Mortal?
Jeff Stark, the author of the article on Jonathan Richman ("Something About Jonathan," Aug. 12), has just a little too much "so-hip-am-I" attitude: "... but to multiplex audiences who can only have a dim idea of who Jonathan Richman is, it must be something of a mystery."
Give me a break! I don't believe There's Something About Mary is playing at any rep houses, so I guess Stark must also be one of the so-called dimwits who go to multiplexes. Tell him to get off his high horse and take his place among us mortals.
Otherwise, a fine piece of journalism.