Lao 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 Lao Tzu quits his job and heads West (see the picture above) disgusted by the political decay. From that moment, nothing is known about him.
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 the withdrawal from the public life.
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