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The Founder of Taoism
Lao-tzu is the traditional author ofTao-te ching (The Classic of Tao and its Characteristics), a handbook of wisdom written upon his retirement to West at the request of the Guardian of the Pass, Yin Hsi.
In his book Lao-tzu developed the main Taoist ideas and concepts such asTao, wu-wei (nondoing), wu (emptiness), and fu (return). He applied his philosophy to the human condition and shaped the life style of the sages in conformity with the immutable laws of the Universe. He even traced the path of the political leaders in order to rule their lands in peace and harmony.
Most of the specialists today believe that Lao-tzu didn't exist as a person and author of Tao-te ching. His name would have been the title of the book (ascribed to him) or the name of a group of persons interested in philosophy and wisdom.
Still we study Taoism in relation with Lao-tzu, his book and his life philosophy as recorded by the Chinese antiquity historian Ssu-ma Ch'ien (145-85 BC) in his Historical Records.
Taoism is an ancient way of life, as we already said, inspired by the nature. But we must point out that this path may be followed even today, in our modern world. It helps us to find the inner balance when dealing with the most confusing problems of our daily life.
Should you wish to know how to follow this ancient method of living, we provide several email courses intended for beginners. Clickhere to learn more.
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