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Qiu-Xuanqing

Qiu-Xuanqing was born in 1327. He left home to learn Taoism from Zhang-Sanfeng at his young age. For his hard work in the starting of Wudang Offerings led by Zhang-Sanfeng, he was promoted the leader of Five-dragon Palace.
Very generous and knowledgeable, he was respected and liked by Zhu-Yuanzhang, the first emperor of Ming Dynasty, and was ordered to manage Taoism in China. He was well up in Book of Yellow Hall and Book of Virtue. Besides reading and worshiping gods, he often sat there thinking deeply. One evening, he said to his colleagues, ? I will die tomorrow.? The next day, after having a bath and changing his clothes, he sat there and died, enjoyed a life of 67 years.

Sun-Biyun

Sun-Biyun was born in the middle years of Yuan Dynasty, clever in the young age and felt interested in Taoism. Then left home and learned Book of Yellow Hall and Zhouyi, then studied all theories of Confuses, and became famous in Taoism. In the early years of Hongwu Emperor, he went to Wudang Mountain and studied Taoism and Wushu from Zhang-Sanfeng. Later, he created in South Cliff palace a widely going around school of Wushu, Betelnut School, an important division of Taiji Boxing. For this school of boxing was based on the theory of Taiji Yin-yang Fish, and the boxing movement was like a fish swimming, so was changed to Fish Boxing of Betelnut School.
In 1412, Yongle Emperor Zhu-Li ordered that Sun could travel all over the country at his will. The next year, ordered to build Wudang Mountain, and charged him to be responsible of the sites-selecting and general devises of Meeting Real God Palace, Five-dragon Palace, South Cliff Palace, Purple Cloud Palace, and Yuxu Palace. And then he was permitted to cultivate in South Cliff Palace and be the leader.
To 1417, most of buildings in Wudang Mountain were finished. One day, after having a bath, changing the clothes and worshiping gods, he sat there died, enjoyed a life of more than 80 years. Later, Wudang Taoist Tai-Yizi collected his works and compiled a book Collections of Green Cloud.

Ren-Ziyuan

Ren-Ziyuan was a famous Wudang Taoist in Ming Dynasty. According to the history, he had predestined relationship with Taoism even when was very young, he had read all the Six Books and also had some certain research works. Then he left home cultivating for 20 years and understood the gist of Taoism; for he was also good at Taiji Boxing, so he became more and more famous.
He was ordered by the emperor to compile many books, such as The Annual of Yongle, Taoist Book, and The Annual of Wudang Mountain. In 1428, he was ordered to manage all the Taoism in China. He died in the sixth year of Xuande Emperor.

Yang-Laiwang

Yang-Laiwang was a famous Taoist in the late year of Qing Dynasty. He, formerly an official in the government, left his office for learning Taoism in Wudang Mountain in 1862, as a student of He-Yangchun, the leader of Dragon Gate School. Then he made his mind to repair all halls and temples in Wudang Mountain, so he took his students and colleagues to collect money. After their ten years' effort, they succeeded in repairing 3000 rooms of halls and temples. At the same time, he taught and spread Taoism in Purple Cloud Palace, South Cliff Palace, and Clean Happiness Palace, and received over 50 students.
He died on April 8, 1909, enjoyed a life 70 years.

Xu-Benshan

Xu-Benshan, born in 1860, learned Confucism at his young age, and then went to Wudang Mountain to learn Taoism, as the 15th generation student. For he was wise and hard working, honest and tolerant, the Taoists there all liked him and taught him Wudang Boxing during the spare time of cultivation. After ten years' exercise, he succeeded in gaining profound Gongfu, living up to his teachers' expectation.
He had learned a lot in the causes of repairing the halls and temples and developing Wudang Taoism with his teachers, so he made his mind to work hard to make Wudang Taoism prosperous again. Profound in moral, Taoism, and Gongfu, he was made leader general of Wudang Mountain. From then on, he began to neaten Taoist affairs, set Taoist rules, propose to manage Taoism by disciplines, and encourage Taoists to do good deeds for the people; on the other hand, he collected money to found a school, build temples to make medicines, compile scriptures and eight volumes of The Continuation of Wudang Mountain Annual; which made the dying Wudang Taoism prosperous again.
He was killed by the bandits in 1931, enjoyed a life of 72 years.

 

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