also known as Eu See Ying (Buddhist name meaning "carpe diem” or “live the day"), was one of the great masters of Xuan Kong Fei Xing, a calculation known in the west as "Flying Stars". His enormous talent and wisdom reached us through three books he wrote, compiled into one called "Er Zhai Shi Yan", or "Two House Experience". Two House referred to teachings of yin and yang Feng Shui (for the living and for the dead). These volumes contain countless descriptions of his consultations in the 1920s. His writings are still nowadays of utmost importance as they detail the true and authentic practice of Flying Stars. The study of the Er Zhai
is of fundamental importance for the study and understanding of this wonderful art.
Yen Pen was born in 1872 (or 1873) in Wuxi in the Chinese province of Jiangsu. His first job was a teacher
at a Catholic school in Shanghai. In that Christian institution, he came into conflict with the headmaster because of his Buddhist religion. After resigning, he found a new job as manager
of a textile factory that also had cotton plantations. There he found another type of conflict due to his faith. The factory procedures that resorted to the use of the DDT insecticide that decimated numerous types of insects were unacceptable to him. He then decided to say goodbye to this job and devote himself entirely to the practice and dissemination of Buddhism by editing books and preaching. While working in Shanghai, he was a student
of Tan Yang Wu at his Feng Shui school in the 1920s. He then started working as a Feng Shui master
too, having recorded in writing most of his hundreds of consultations.
In the context of his religious life, Yen Pen went to Singapore
where he became a monk. He later moved to Indonesia. In this country, his house burned down, which forced him to move again, this time to Malaysia
(across the strait) in Penang. Then he went to the Sam Poh
temple, on the Cameron highlands. In 1950 due to health problems he went to Penang again where he started to teach Feng Shui. His best-known student was Hong Choon, who was later head of the main Feng Shui temple in Singapore. At the end of his life he returned again to the Sam Poh Temple where he met Sui Beng, another student of Tan Yang Wu. Yen Pen died in 1957 and it is in a Sam Poh pagoda that he is buried (see photo below).
As mentioned, Yen Pen wrote three Feng Shui books. The first book contained 195 practical cases
and the second book 260. These practical cases are described in detail with the names of the clients and their addresses, the date of the consultation, the diagnosis, the cures and the results of applying Feng Shui advice. A third book was written not by him but by one of his assistants based on his consultations when he was still in China. The photos below are of Yen Pen / Eu See Ying at various stages of his life, from young to old. On the left is the photo of the pagoda where his ashes are deposited.