Records of the Orthodox Sect of the Golden Lotus

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The 5-volumed Records of the Orthodox Sect of the Golden Lotus ( 《金蓮正宗記》 Jinlian Zhengzong Ji ) is book of the Complete Perfection sect compiled in the 13th year (1241) in the Taizong Emperor era of the Yuan by Chuli Daoist Qin Zhian, one of the compilers of the Precious Canon of the Mystery Metropolis ( 《玄都寶藏》 Xuandu Baozang ). As biographies of the patriarchs of the Complete Perfection sect, the book records the transmission of the sect. According to legend, Wang Chongyang met in Gan Brook some immortals showing him 7 golden lotuses, symbolic of the seven perfect patriarchs of Northern Lineage of Golden Elixir ( 北七真 Bei Qizhen ). This book is entitled accordingly with "golden-lotus". Vol. One contains the biographies of the Imperial Sovereign of Eastern Essence ( 東華帝君 Donghua Dijun ), Chongli Quan, Lu Yan, and Liu Cao. Vol. Two contains biographies of Wang Chongyang, Yuchan Perfect Man He and Numinous Yang Perfect Man Li. Vol. Three contains the biographies of Ma Yu, and vol. Four contains the biographies of Tan Chuduan, Liu Chuxuan and Qiu Chuji. Vol. Five contains the biographies of Wang Chuyi, Hao Datong, Sun Bu'er. The biographies are mixed with myths and legends. As the earliest history of the Complete Perfection tradition collected in the Subsection of Biographies, Pervasive Divinity Section of the Daoist Canon of the Zhengtong Era, the book is important material for the study of the history of Complete Perfection sect.