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
(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,
(James Legge translation)
If its deep mystery we would sound;
But if desire always within us be,
Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.
About this site__
This site was designed to offer teachings about the life and work of Lao Tzu.
We invite you to take our
online courses dealing with these powerful concepts or read the short articles already
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At the Death of Lao Tzu__
Little is known about the death of Lao Tzu after quitting
the public life. A short account of it has been published in the Chuang Tzu - the book ascribed to the best known disciple of Lao Tzu.
We provide a commentary on this story stressing the
seemingly Lao Tzu's failure to comply with the requirements of a true Master. Click here to learn more...