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Lu Tung Pin
China (755 - 805) Timeline
Taoist


Lu Tung Pin (Lu Dongbin, sometimes referred to as Immortal Lu) was one of the Eight Immortals of Taoist folk tales. It is difficult to separate out legendary tales that have accumulated around him from possible historical fact, or whether the poems attributed to him were written by the historical person or attributed to him later.

Lu Tung Pin is said to have been born in 755 in Shanxi province of China. As Lu grew up, he trained to be a scholar at the Imperial Court, but he did not pass the required examination until late in life.

He met his teacher Chung-Li Chuan in a marketplace where the Taoist master was scrawling a poem on the wall. Impressed by the poem, Lu Tung Pin invited the old man to his home where they cooked some millet. As the millet was cooking Lu dozed and dreamed that he had passed the court examination, had a large family, and eventually rose to a prominent rank at the court -- only to lose it all in a political fall. When he awoke, Chung-Li Chuan said:

"Before the millet was cooked,
The dream has brought you to the Capital."

Lu Tung Pin was stunned that the old man had known his dream. Chung-Li Chuan replied that the dream exposed the nature of life, that we rise and we fall, and it all fades in a moment, like a dream.

Lu asked to become the old man's student, but Chung-Li Chuan said Lu had many years to go before he was ready to study the Way. Determined, Lu abandoned everything and lived a simple life in order to prepare himself to study the Great Tao. Many tales are told of how Chung-Li Chuan tested Lu Tung Pin until Lu had abandoned all worldly desires and was ready for instruction.

He learned the arts of swordsmanship, outer and inner alchemy and attained the immortality of enlightenment.

Lu Tung Pin considered compassion to be the essential element of realizing the Tao. He is greatly revered as a physician who served the poor.

Poems by Lu Tung Pin

  My heart is the clear water in the stony pond
  People may sit till the cushion is worn through
  Sojourning in Ta-yu mountains
  The Hundred Character Tablet (Bai Zi Bei)
  What is Tao?
  When the moon is high I'll take my cane for a walk


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1:What is Tao? It is just this. It cannot be rendered into speech. If you insist on an explanation, This means exactly this.

~ Lu Tung Pin, What is Tao?

2:People may sit till the cushion is worn through, But never quite know the real Truth: Let me tell about the ultimate Tao: It is here, enshrined within us.

~ Lu Tung Pin, People may sit till the cushion is worn through

3:My heart is the clear water in the stony pond. Right now it is invaded by the peach-blossom shadows. As soon as I arrive at heaven's palaces I shall settle down with my seven-stringed lute.

~ Lu Tung Pin, My heart is the clear water in the stony pond

4:When the moon is high I'll take my cane for a walk, When the wind is cold I'll put on some clothes. My heart is hidden in thick bamboo groves -- I come home alone leading the white clouds.

~ Lu Tung Pin, When the moon is high Ill take my cane for a walk

5:Sojourning in Ta-yu mountains -- Who converses with the white crane that comes flying? How many times have the mountain people Seen the winter plum-flowers blossoming? Spring comes and goes, Deep in fallen flowers and streams. People are not aware Of the many immortals around them.

~ Lu Tung Pin, Sojourning in Ta-yu mountains

6:Nurturing energy, forget words and guard it Conquer your mind do non-doing In activity and stillness Know the Source Progenitor There is no thing Whom else do you seek? In constancy It is essential to respond to people In responding to people It is essential not to be confused If you do not become confused Your nature will naturally stabilize When your nature is naturally stabilized Energy naturally returns When energy naturally returns The elixir crystallizes spontaneously Fire and water Pairing in the pot Yin and Yang arise Alternating over and over again Everywhere producing The sound of thunder White clouds assemble on the summit Sweet dew bathes the polar mountain Having drunk the wine of longevity You wander freely Who can know you? Sit and listen to the stringless tune Clearly understanding the mechanism of creation These twenty verses Are a ladder straight to Heaven

~ Lu Tung Pin, The Hundred Character Tablet (Bai Zi Bei)


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