Tao Te Ching (Book of Tao and Te)

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Considered to be the Bible of Taoism, Tao Te Ching (Book 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, going to 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 WestLao Tzu, the author of Tao Te Ching

The Book is made of 5000 characters and 81 chapters commonly divided in two great sections, that is, the Book of Tao and the Book of Te.

The concepts of the Book are very difficult to grasp by the modern readers. This is because the language of the Book - the ancient Chinese - which is made of images of things rather than of words. Also because the specific of Tao philosophy which is the core of the Book, that has nothing in common with our way of thinking.

This site is designed to offer a beginners guide to the content and meaning of the Tao Te Ching. Please check the main menu bar on left for the sections of this site.

If you need more information about Taoism, please start with our dedicated page at http://www.taopage.org/taoism.html.

 

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