Grand Master Chue Yen was born at the end of the 1800’s in China. He was the son of a wealthy man. As a teenager he was extremely clever and studied hard for China’s most exclusive examinations. The most successful candidates were awarded jobs for potentially high positions in the Chinese Government. Unfortunately the First World War started so the Government cancelled the examination and all his aims were dashed. This greatly upset him. His father wished him to find a wife, however Grand Master Chue Yen was opposed to this idea so he left home at 16 years of age to become a Buddhist monk. He lived in a monastery for four years. One particular monk took him under his wing and taught him Sam Hap Feng Shui as he said that he was unsuitable to be a monk. This monk then directed him to his next master, the descended Master of Great Grand Master Chan Hai Yee, who had worked for the Royal Family and wrote many excellent Feng Shui texts that have great value even in our modern contexts. He was a modest and yet magnanimous man yet his knowledge was passed down from Master to Master in the traditional way of one Master, one student. The depth of his feng shui skills date back to the Imperial courts of China. His traditional feng shui style of training was very hard for Grand Master Chue Yen to begin with. It involved five or six years of following his Master extensively through the high mountains of China. He was only allowed to watch and absorb. He was not formally taught anything! Once his Master trusted him he taught Grand Master Chue Yen the Yuen Hom Style of Feng Shui, the I Ching and the Chinese Horoscopes. He also learned to control his chi in the incredibly thin air of these high altitude mountains. With his new knowledge Grand Master Chue Yen opened his feng shui career yet still focussed on learning and eating!
Generally speaking Masters who practiced Ba Chop and Sam Hap styles of Feng Shui lived in Singapore and Malaysia and the Yuen Hom experts lived in either Taiwan or Hong Kong.
Grand Master Chue Yen escaped from China to Hong Kong. As Hong Kong was a British Colony it was acceptable to practice Feng Shui. Thus Grand Master Chue Yen would follow his principles of public service and give face and palm readings, horoscope and I Ching advice in Temple Street. During this time he increased his reputation, advised businesses about their Feng Shui and became famous in Hong Kong and the Far East. He donated nearly all his earnings to charity.
With his accumulated knowledge he made the very important move of founding the Feng Shui Research Association in China. He then invited the top Feng Shui Masters to join. The aim was to continue learning and developing all the main styles of Feng Shui. Even in the 21st century this Association still exists.
Grand Master Chue Yen was 63 years old when he first met Master Chan Kun Wah who was only fourteen and a keen practitioner of Kung Fu. Many wealth and well connected parents wished for their sons to study Feng Shui with Grand Master Chue Yen. However, he chose Master Chan as his only student to whom he wished to pass on his Chue Style Feng Shui skills in the traditional Chinese ways that had learned by. They firstly spend years practically in the mountains of China studying aspects of mountain form, yin and yang, the four seasons and the connotations of the five elements in their many representative forms. Gradually, Master Chan learned to relate what he now understood of the movements of nature to human movements in both rural and urban settings. Grand Master Chue Yen taught many very involved methods of Feng Shui including the Ba Zi (Pillars of Destiny), Ba Chop (8 Mansions), San Yuan Flying Star, Yuen Hom Flying Star, Double Mountain Upwards Method, Sam Hap Flying Star, 24 Heaven Stars, Lap Yang Elements, Hexagrams and the I Ching.
Grand Master Chue Yen was a trustworthy, hardworking, clever man with simple needs. Money was never a priority to him as he gave most of it to charity. His few indulgences stretched to well fitting, quality shoes! As Grand Master Chue Yen never married and had no direct family, he loved Master Chan as if he were his own son. In the late 1960’s he directed Master Chan to move to Great Britain to further his Feng Shui studies and bring Feng Shui to the Western World. Grand Master Chue Yen greatly missed his only student and looked forward to seeing Master Chan when Master Chan returned to Hong Kong for a visit.