‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’. Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (also spelled Laozi or Lao-Tze) was a semi-legendary ancient Chinese philosopher who is credited with writing the Tao Te Ching, a classic of Chinese philosophical-religious literature. 

The Tao Te Ching is the main source of Taoist teachings, which emphasize harmony with the natural flow of the Tao, the creative and binding force of the universe.

‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’.

Chinese Legend

According to legend, Lao Tzu met Confucius, the founder of Confucianism, and impressed him with his wisdom. He also tried to teach people the way of the Tao, but found them unwilling to listen. He then decided to leave civilization and retire into seclusion. Before he departed, he wrote down his teachings in the Tao Te Ching at the request of a border guard. Some Taoist sects believe that he then became an immortal.

Culture influence

Lao Tzu’s influence on Chinese culture is immense. He is regarded as the ancestor of the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE), one of the most prosperous and powerful periods in Chinese history. He is also revered as a deity in religious Taoism and Chinese folk religion, under the name Laojun, one of the ‘Three Pure Ones’. 

His teachings have inspired many other philosophers, poets, artists, and leaders throughout history and across the world.

First Steps
‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’.

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