Lao Tzu, considered to be the father of Taoism, developed the Taoist
ideas and concepts in his Tao Te Ching (translated the Book of Tao and Te).
The main concern of the book is the Tao or the Great Pervader, the primal principle underlying
everything in the Universe, and the way one should follow to attain enlightenment and freedom from suffering.
The definition of the Tao is offered by Master Lao in his book's first chapter:
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 things.
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. (James Legge translation)
About this site__
This site was designed to offer teachings
about the life and basic concepts of Lao Tzu, such as wu-wei, fu, p'u and more.
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concepts or read the short articles by checking the bar menu on the left.
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At the Death of Lao Tzu__
Many would like to read about Lao Tzu's death. Unfortunately there's nothing written in this regard excepting the short story by Chuang Tzu -
the best known disciple of Lao Tzu. We took this story and carefully commented it for you. Click here to learn more...