Q014: Master Lu, when I walk home at night I often walk under trees. Recently, I have been feeling scared so I started to recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) while walking. I don’t know why.


  • Trees have “Yin” energies rather than “Yang” energies. In Chinese, there is a saying, “green trees connect together to form “Yin” energies”. When the heat from the sun is strong, people go under trees to avoid the sun. What they are actually doing is avoiding “Yang” energies by hiding under a “Yin” object. It is alright to be under trees while the sun is out during the day.
  • At night, it is best not to be under trees, since night time is already full of “Yin” energies.
  • Generally, people who are cultivating and performing recitations would not be too affected by this situation.
  • When you walk under trees at night, you can recite the Great Compassion Mantra. It is best to avoid reciting aloud, as it may attract unnecessary trouble.

[Updated 2012.04.22]