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 creator and sustainer of the
Universe, and the way one should follow to attain enlightenment and freedom from suffering.
Here's what Master Lao says about the Tao in
the first chapter of his Book:
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)
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.
We invite you to take our online course dealing with this powerful
concepts or read the short essays written for beginners, by checking the bar menu on the left.
At the Death of Lao Tzu__
Many would like to read about Lao Tzu's death . Unfortunately there is
little information in this regard . The exception is a short essay written by Chuang Tzu - the best known disciple of Lao Tzu - that we've taken and commented to the modern reader. Click here
to learn more...