Laozi, also rendered as Lao Tzu and Lao-Tze was the author of the Tao Te Ching, or the Way. He was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.
The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text traditionally credited to the 6th-century BC sage Laozi. The Tao Te Ching (also spelled Dao De Jing) underpins Taoist philosophy. It is rumoured to be written by the legendary Lao Tzu (Lao Zi) somewhere between the 7th and the 4th century BC in China. It is likely to be the compilation of the works of many authors over time. The Tao Te Ching is most translated book in the world after the Bible.
Lao Tzu was a guiding figure in Daoism, a philosophical or religious tradition of Chinese origin which emphasises living in harmony with the Dao. The Dao is used symbolically to mean the 'way' as the 'right' or 'proper' way of existence . Daoism teaches how to live in harmony with the world.
Daoism is not a religion, but a philosophy of how to live a pleasant life, without causing unnecessary commotion or distress. It's all about the here and now. Tao, the way, is a kind of natural law behind all of creation. And when we can harmonise with it, we can be at peace with existence. In China, Daoism is a deep, fundamental trait of Chinese thinking.
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