To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.” ― Lao Tzu
One of the three main sources of ancient Chinese wisdom is Lao Tzu, from the 6th Century B.C.E. (The others are Confucius and Buddha.)
His work is foundational to the understanding and practice of Taoism (“The Way”) which today still has over 20 million followers.
The Legend of Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu’s origin and early years are unknown. He first comes to us as a record keeper in the Zhou Dynasty. In time he became repelled by the widespread moral corruption, and rode a water buffalo to China’s Western border. He was disguised as a farmer, but the border official recognized him and importuned him to write down his Wisdom.
Why he was recognized is unknown – had he been a teacher? How it was known he had wisdom to impart is unknown. Had he publicly expressed what we find in the Tao Te Ching, his short but infinitely powerful work?
At any rate, having written all he wanted to say, he disappeared into history.
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