|Remote Retreat House Construction Project -- for Dedicated Hermits|
Many Taoism famous alchemy practitioners once were very active in Mt. Wudang. The number one God to be worshipped here is Zhen Wu (The Turtle God). In the old recordings available till now people can find that Zhen Wu was once a prince of a state called Jing Loe. From very young he preferred to read religious scriptures and lost interest to become an emperor. When aged 15 he bade his parents and went to Mt. Wudang to practice alchemy. During the following 42 years he experienced endless difficulties and finally became an immortal. Wudang Taoism is one sect characteristic of worshipping Zhen Wu God.
In the book Zhen Hao written by Tao Hong Jing there exists a recording that Yee Xee and Yee Gui in Zhou Dynasty, the first and second disciples of Lao Tzi, once practiced alchemy in Wudang. Their master Lao Tzi also visited his disciples once upon a time.
Chen Tuan is another very famous alchemist in the history. In around A.D. 950 he began to practice inner alchemy in mount Wudang which lasted almost 20 years. He created Five-dragon sleeping Qigong and later moved to Huan Shan. Nowadays people still can find the cave in which he practiced alchemy and read scriptures. He had lots of poem and calligraphy work and people can enjoy them till now.
Lu Dong Bing is very renowned in Western world for his legendary tales and magic power. He is one figure in the popular Eight Immortal legend. Lu Dong Bing wrote many poem in praise of the pretty scenery and quietitude in Mt. Wudang. He also finished many inner alchemy books when he stayed in Wudang. One is titled Personal Experience for Cultivating Elixir.
Zhang Shan Feng is a mysterious Taoist in Ming Dynasty. Due to his efforts the outside Kung Fu and inner alchemy practice combined together and the Wudang Inner Kungfu Fu came into being. Zhang Shan Feng created Tai Chi Chuan, Ba Gua Chang and Xing Yi Chuan here in the Tai Tzi Cave, not far away from Purple Heaven Palace. In fact, his the inner alchemy attainment matters much more in comparison with his Kung Fu creation. He wrote many inner alchemy poem and articles still very popular in inner alchemy circle. His poem A Tree Without Root is much often quoted in many articles and books. Elixir Cultivation Direct Revelation and Tai Chi Skills in Cultivating Elixir are very famous till now.
The medicine King Shun Si Miao was once a famous Taoist and hermit. He stayed in Mt. Wudang many years for alchemy practice and disease treatment and herbs picking and digging. In Chinese medicine theory and practice, his book Typhoid Fever Treatise is so important that almost all TCM students have to learn it for advanced understanding upon complicated diseases.
It is said that Zhenwu Emperor had been cultivating inner elixir her for over 40 years and became an immortal. Till now the Immortal-converting Cave still hangs half way down the Southern Cliff, beckoning resolute practitioners to follow his footsteps.
During the Song Dynasty, Wudang Taoism had developed into considerable size, forming its own organization frame, and set up many Taoist buildings. Till now upon the day of Zhenwu' birthday and immortal-converting date, pious people from nearby provinces would come here in endless groups worshipping Wudang Mountain from all directions.
Wudang Taoism evolved to reach the most prosperous stage in the Ming Dynasty. Cheng Emperor, Zhu-Li gave orders to emphatically enhance and develop Wudang Taoism after he was crown to become the emperor. He gave all the related orders by himself, personally, concerned about the reconnaissance and design of Taoist buildings, sent qualified officials to supervise the project, gave consideration to the Taoists' cultivation. When the construction project came to the end, there stand ed many immense buildings on the both sides of the 140-km old road leading to the Golden Peak.
Mount Wudang features many beautiful peaks, precipitous cliffs, secluded valleys, high-situated Taoism temples, grotesque pine trees in strange shape, exuberant flowers of various kinds, etc. So, in history many inner alchemy practitioners seek silent place to cultivate inner elixir.
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