Lao Tzu and Tao Te Ching
can not be separated. Lao Tzu is considered to be the father of Taoism, developed as a way of life in his
famous Classic on Tao and Te.
The Taoism of Lao Tzu is not only a religious system, as one might think. Though Taoism exists
as religion too, it is also a mystical path, that is, the path of uniting man and Tao through careful emulating the Tao conduct. This is why when we talk about Lao Tzu and Taoism we also
talk about Tao, or the Way.
Tao Te Ching is ascribed by tradition to Lao Tzu who explains the basic Taoist terms and concepts such as Tao, Te, Emptiness (wu),
Nondoing (wu-wei), and Fu (Return).
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. (Tao Te Ching, I, Legge)
This site provides teachings about the life of Lao Tzu and his Taoist concepts developed in his Book. Also you'll find here references to Tao Te Ching resources, links, and
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