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The Founder of Taoism

Lao-tzu - the founder of Taoism
Lao-tzu is the father of a way of life inspired by the nature called Taoism
Though one may find Taoist ideas and believes in the centuries before the Warring States period (5th century BC - 3rd century BC) in China, it may be assumed that the true founder of Taoism was Lao-tzu (the Old Sage). He lived and worked as an archivist in Chou, where he met Confucius to talk about rites. 

Lao-tzu is the traditional author of Tao-te ching (The Classic of Tao and its Characteristics), a handbook of wisdom written upon his retreat to West at the request of the Guardian of the Pass.

In his book Lao-tzu explained his concepts related to Taoism, one of the three major philosophies of ancient China..

Lao-tzu applied his philosophy to the human conduct. He tried to describe what Tao is and shaped the life style of the sages in conformity with the immutable laws of the Universe. He even designed the behavior of the political leaders who must follow the Tao as well.

Most of the specialists today believe that Lao-tzu didn't exist as a person and author of Tao-te ching. He would have been only the title of the book (ascribed to him) or the name of a group of persons interested in philosophy.

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).

To conclude with, Lao-tzu is the father of a way of life inspired by nature. It can be follow even today by anybody searching for freedom from the turmoil of the modern world. It helps us to find the inner balance when dealing with the most confusing problems of our life.

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