Tao Te Ching

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Considered to be the Bible of Taoism, Tao Te Ching (the Classic of Tao and Te) was written by Lao Tzu, several thousands years ago, during the Warring States period, in China.

The legend says that when Lao Tzu left the emperor court and gone west he met Yin Hsi, the guardian of the pass, who asked him to write a book of guidance. He would have accepted and thus Tao Te Ching was born.

Lao Tzu Going WestThe Book is made of 5000 characters and, currently, of 81 chapters.

Commonly it is divided in two great sections, that is, the Book of Tao and the Book of Te.

Generally speaking the content of the Book is difficult to grasp. Most of the chapters are obscure as they are written in the ancient Chinese, so one needs special knowledge concerning the Taoist concepts and ideas in order to reach the inner meaning of the Book.

This site is designed to offer a beginners guide to the content and meaning of the Book and, also, hints on how to further study the Way.

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