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Lao Tzu

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Jill Pierce

on 7 October 2013

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Transcript of Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu translated to “Old Master”
Some legends say he was born with white hair because he spent many years in his mother’s womb.
.....some believe he was a mythical character. A mere combination of poems from other figures.
Lao Tzu could have just been a "pen-name".
There is no clear documentation of his birth and little is known about him but it is estimated he was born/lived around the years 604-531 B.C.E.
Life of Lao Tzu
Worked as a keeper of the imperial archives at the Court of Zhou in Luoyang, where he studied literature, philosophy and history.
... His insights grew
Followers began to listen to his widsom; They wanted him to write down his knowledge, but he refused.
He wanted his knowledge to remain within ones self, naturally -- not a solid set of rules.
Lao Tzu
Confucius and Lao Tzu
According to legend, Confucius (another Philosopher) wondered to the imperial archives and met with Lao Tzu.
They discussed their wisdom.
It was believed Confucius left in awe of his wisdom.
Lao Tzu
Some say when he was about 80 years old...
He decided to head towards Tibet on a water buffalo because of the social chaos and dissatisfaction of man not willing to seek the path of "natural" goodness.
Tao Te Ching
He is the accepted author of Tao Te Ching
...But, it isn’t proven if Tao Te Ching was written only by Lao Tzu or by other authors, a collection of beliefs that were passed along and eventually put into a book
It was written perhaps around 500 B.C.E
It is the most translated book in the world, second to the Bible.
And after he wrote this, he was never heard of again .....

Father of Taoism
Derived from the Chinese word, "Tao" -- means the "Way" or the "Path."
Taoism originated in China about 2000 years ago
Taoism promotes achieving harmony with nature and self-development.
Also advocates quiet resolve - instead of using force to resolve problems.
... a life of simplicity
Taoism practices include Feng Shui (a way to live our lives in harmony with our environment...)
.... and meditation.
Some Taoist temples are located on mountains in nature.
It is in nature where we can truly find ourselves.
To go with the flow, and accept things as they happen.
The Path...
Opposite but complimentary forces e.g. hot and cold, dark and light.
For Taoism, the Yin&Yang was to bring balance for China.
....He was believed to be an ancient philosopher in China, a slightly older contemporary of Confucius.





......When he reached the boarder, a gate keeper stopped him and convinced Lao Tzu to write down his knowledge so it could be preserved after he left.
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