王遠 (Wang Yuan)
Wang Yuan (fl. 146–95), styled Fangping 方平, who was a native of Donghai 東海 (Shandong), is primarily known from his biography in the Shenxian zhuan 神仙傳 in which he is associated with the immortal Magu 麻姑. In this biography Wang is described as having a reasonably standard official career, despite an interest in esoteric texts and an ability to foretell the future, before resigning to cultivate the Dao.
- Benjamin PENNY, "Wang Yuan 王遠", Fabrizio Pregadio, ed., The Encyclopedia of Taoism, vol. 1, Routledge: London, 2008.