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Sun-Jiran

Sun-Jiran was a Wudang Taoist in the early years of South Song Dynasty. According to the history, he left home to cultivate in Super-Clean Temple on Mao Mountain in the late years of North Song Dynasty, taught by the Taoists there, he had special skills in making medicines. In 1141, he took his students to Wudang Mountain where the halls and temples were destroyed by swords and wars, nearly became a ruin, and he decided to rebuild Wudang Mountain. In order to collect money for rebuilding the halls and temples, he went around to heal disease for the folk. That time the country was under a plague, so he went around and put his medicine into the well. After taking the well water, the people recovered, so many people believed him and gave more money to him. With several years' working, he rebuilt all halls and temples in the Five-dragon Palace area. Then he led his students and followers build roads to sacrifice offerings, which made Wudang Taoism famous again in China.
He lived over 100 years, and died of no illness.


Ye-Yunlai

Ye-Yunlai, a Wudang Taoist in Yuan Dynasty, born on March 5, 1251, was in the family of Ye-Fashan, the national master of Taoism in Tang Dynasty.
Taoists in the South believed in Taoism, but not left home to cultivate in mountains, just stayed in their homes, was named Home-living Taoists. Taught Yin-Yang augury, nutrition-absorbing skills, Ye-Yunlai was interested in Taoism when young and learned Qingwei Taoism. During the period between the late years of Song Dynasty and the early years of Yuan Dynasty, for escaping the wars, he came to Wudang Mountain to learn Xiantian Taoism from Huang-Dongyuan, the famous Taoist in Wudang, with Zhang-Daogui and Liu-Daoming, and then became a famous Taoist in Five-dragon Palace. In 1285, he was invited to Beijing to demonstrate the skills of stopping wind and cloud, quieting thunder and lightning, praying for rain and snow, and healing illness, was highly praised by the government, so was ordered to manage all the Taoists in Beijing and other important temples. Then he returned to Wudang Mountain and lived as a hermit and died.



Li-Mingliang

Li-Mingliang, a Wudang Taoist in Yuan Dynasty, was born in 1286. He was born in a rich and influential family, and very clever as a child. After grew up, he was not fond of home fellow and business, but of traveling and Taoism; so in 1297, he went to Wudang Mountain to learn Taoism from Lin-Daofu. After learned Taoism, he cultivated and studied Taoism in a grass hut for 15 years. When he was the leader of Five-dragon Palace, he worked hard to collect money and succeeded in building the Hall of Five-dragon Palace, Jade Statue Pavilion, Huayang Cliff and other buildings. He thought for Taoism and the public, little for himself, so many people respected him and learned from him.
He was also good at writings and paintings. There is a painting statue of him made by himself in 1345, vividly as living. He also had written a self-praising poem for the painting statue.

Zhang-Shouqing

Zhang-Shouqing, a Taoist in the years of Yuan and Ming Dynasties, but more famous in Yuan Dynasty, was born in 1266. He began cultivating in Wudang mountain at the age of 39, learned the methods to make medicines and gist of Qingwei Taoism. Then he continued studying from Ye-Yunlai, Liu-Daoming, and Zhang-Daogui. He worked hard and wasted no effort in building the roads and temples, planting trees and emblements, and worshiping gods.
He was the important man to connect the proceeding and the following in Taoist history. He learned all schools of Taoism in Wudang Taoism, started in the real sense Wudang Taoist style of absorbing and merging all the schools of Taoism, and formed a new Wudang Taoism. He widely collect and teach students to the effect that made Wudang Taoism stronger in Taoist organization; he also ordered his students to compile many Taoist books to the effect that widened the influence of Wudang Taoism in the whole society.
He, after doing these things, went the back mountain of Qingwei Palace, in the Heavenly Pillar Peak of Wudang Mountain to study Taoism and then died.

Zhang-Sanfeng

Zhang-Sanfeng, a famous Taoist in Wudang Mountain, was a mysterious character in Taoist history and Wushu history. He was born with a strange figure and was not paying attention to his appearance, always in rags, so was nicknamed Sluttery Zhang.
He was born clever, could remember the book he read by just read once, and was good at chronometer and geography. His Gongfu was very high and could move here and there quickly and invisibly. In Wudang Mountain, he finished the making of medicines and created Wudang Wushu- Taiji Boxing inspired by the fight between a pie and a snake, which is famous for suppressing the active by waiting still and overcoming the tough by a tender way; and then taught it to the folk by himself and his students. He was not interested in fame and office, just traveling, cultivating, and teaching Taoism, having a great influence among the folk. He lived 210 years, and died in the late years of Tianshun Emperor.

Li-Suxi

Li-Suxi was one of the famous Taoists in Ming Dynasty.
According to the history, he left home for Taoism in Wudang Mountain in the late years of Yuan Dynasty. He learned Taoism from Shan-Dao'an, who was the student of Zhang-Shouqing. He became the leader of Five-dragon Palace in the early years of Hongwu Emperor of Ming Dynasty, then cultivated in his Nature Hut to study Zhouyi, good at Taoist sciences. Emperor Zhu-Li was fond of him, so ordered to build halls and temples in Wudang Mountain.
In 1421, after advocated his students that Taoism had been prosperous and all of them should work hard at Taoism, he died. It was surprising that his bones and teeth were all green after being burned. His remains and cap and sword were buried in Black Tiger Stream.

 

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