Lao Tzu heading WestLao Tzu is the author of the famous Tao Te Ching (translated Classic of Tao and Te), the Bible of Taoism.

He would have lived during the Warring States period in China, more than two thousand years ago, where he would have worked as a curator of the royal archives. There he would have been visited by Confucius with whom he talked about the rites.

Later on, Lao Tzu quits his job and heads West (see the picture above) seemingly disgusted by the political decay.

From that moment, nothing is known about him.

Words about the Tao

The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and
unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and
unchanging name.

(Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven
and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all

Always without desire we must be found,
If its deep mystery we would sound;
But if desire always within us be,
Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.
(First chapter of Tao Te Ching translated by James Legge)

The philosophy of Lao Tzu (translated the Venerable Master) developed in his book is the essence of Taoism, a doctrine that focuses on some central ideas such as the practice of nonaction (wu-wei) and emptiness (wu), the adaptation to the natural trends and more…

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