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  - Bai Yun Guan, Beijing - Part 3 - Master Qui

Inside the Temple for the Immortal Qui is a detailed model of scenes from the life of this very impressive Taoist Ancient.   Born to a good family in Shan Dong in 1148, Master Qui Chang Chun, () had an excellent memory and quick wit from an early age.  He studied Taoism for many years and came to live in a cave in Shan Xi.  He was nicknamed, Sir Palm Bark Raincoat, because of his habit of bringing a simple raincoat and bamboo hat wherever he went. 

Later, his wisdom attracted invitations from powerful emperors.  He turned down several invitations to accept the most inconvenient and dangerous of all: an audience with Genghis Khan.  After journeying for two years with 18 disciples to meet the Khan, his reasons became apparent.

One of Qui's disciples made a detailed record of their dangerous journey

The two got on very well.  After a while Genghis Khan asked Qui's advice on ruling well.  Qui counselled him to show restraint in killing.  On the issue of longevity, he recommended easing the mind and avoiding excessive desires.  It is said this meeting encouraged Khan to soften his brutal ways to the benefit of his subjects.  Qui's journey had been worthwhile.

Qui meets the Khan

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