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Sun Buer (Sun Bu-er, Sun Pu-erh) is one of a group of female Taoist masters collectively referred to as The Immortal Sisters. While many legendary stories have accumulated around these figures, Sun Buer is likely to have been a real person in history.

Sun Buer was married and had three children, taking up Taoist practice only when she was 51 years old. Her husband had been studying with the Taoist master Wang Zhe for several years before Sun Buer. The following story is told of how she began her own discipleship:

Wang Zhe, feigning drunkenness, barged into Sun Buer's bedroom and collapsed in an apparent stupor. Sun Buer was so shocked that she had the doors to her bedroom locked, trapping Wang Zhe inside, and sent a servant to fetch her husband. When her husband arrived, he said it was impossible for Wang Zhe to be locked in the room because he himself had just been speaking with the Taoist master. They opened the locked door to Sun Buer's room and found it empty.

After this incident, Sun Buer also became a student of Wang Zhe, attaining realization of the Way.

Many of Sun Buer's poems focus on Taoist practices of inner alchemy, using a precise, yet highly metaphoric language in reference to sacred energies and the subtle anatomy, calling to mind the devoutly technical works of Tantra and other forms of Yoga.

Poems by Sun Buer

Recommended Books: Sun Buer

Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women The Shambhala Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry Immortal Sisters: Secret Teachings of Taoist Women

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Excerpts from the Historical Legend of Sun Bu-er

Several brief legendary stories from the life of Sun Bu-er

Sun Buer

A brief biography of Sun Buer and introduction to her teachings on inner alchemy.

Sun Bu-er

Brief biography, several poems, and web resources.

The On Line Journal of the I Ching, Yi Jing - Hexagram 57

This page contains several anecdotes from the life of Sun Pu-erh.

Chinese Zen-Taoist Immortal Women Poets

Shows severl poems by Sun Buer.

The Way of the Ultimate Tao

This extended page contains a detailed legend from the life of Sun Buer that touches on elements of Taoist sexuality.
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