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Lao Tzu : Biography

Lao Tzu

Chinese philosopher, reputedly the founder of Taoism. It is uncertain that Lao Tzu [Ch.,=old person or old philosopher] is historical. His biography in Ssu-ma Ch’ien’s Records of the Historian (1st cent. B.C.) says he was a contemporary of Confucius and served as curator of the dynastic archives until retiring to the mythical K’un-lun mountains. He allegedly transmitted his teachings to a border guard who subsequently compiled the Lao Tzu, also titled the Tao-te ching [Classic of the Way and Virtue]. Scholars date the work in the 4th–2d cent. B.C., with some strata perhaps as old as the 6th cent. B.C. Its parables and verse, written in incantatory language, advocate passive and intuitive behavior in natural harmony with the Tao, a cosmic unity underlying all phenomena. It emphasizes the value of wu-wei, “nonstriving” or “non-[purposeful ]action,” by which one returns to a primitive state closer to the Tao, a stage of creative possibility symbolized by the child or an uncarved block. It also promotes a laissez-faire approach to government.




Source : The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright © 2003 Columbia University Press.

Lao Tzu : Portraits


Laozi
Fachang Muqi, 13ième siècle, Southern Song Dynasty, Portrait of laozi
Laozi
Wang Liyang (1120-1145), Transformation of Lord Lao, Southern Song Dynasty
Laozi
Wang Liyang (1120-1145), Transformation of Lord Lao, Southern Song Dynasty
Laozi
Wang Liyang (1120-1145), Transformation of Lord Lao, Southern Song Dynasty
Laozi
Wang Liyang (1120-1145), Transformation of Lord Lao, Southern Song Dynasty
Laozi
Wang Liyang (1120-1145), Transformation of Lord Lao, Southern Song Dynasty
Laozi
Wang Liyang (1120-1145), Transformation of Lord Lao, Southern Song Dynasty
Laozi
Wang Liyang (1120-1145), Transformation of Lord Lao, Southern Song Dynasty
Laozi
Lao Tzu
Confucius Laozi Bouddha
Confucius, Sakyamuni, and Laozi by Josetsu
Confucius Laozi Boudhha
Le Bouddha enfant avec Laozi et Confucius(à droite) (peinture Chinoise du 18ième)
Laozi
Lao Tzu
Laozi
Lao Tzu
Laozi
Laozi par Chen Hong Shou(1598 - 1652)
Laozi
Laozi par Chao Pu Zhi (1053 - 1110)

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Daoism, Ho Shang Gong, Huai-Nan Tzu, Kuo Hsiang, Lao Tzu, Tchuang Tzu, Wang Bi, etc.

Lao Tzu : Internet Link


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