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Lao-tzu: Tao Te Ching

Language:
English
Genres:
Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality

“Tao Te Ching” is a classical work of Chinese philosophy dating from the time of Confucius (551-479 BCE), authored by Lao-tzu, whose name means "The Old Master". It tells about the art of living with humor, grace, large-heartedness, and deep wisdom. This work is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism, and has strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism, Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism. From the outset, the book differentiates a path that can be expressed (lower-case tao) from the inscrutable, eternal Way (upper-case Tao). Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers have used the “Tao Te Ching” as a source of inspiration. Its influence has also spread widely outside East Asia, and is among the most translated works in world literature.

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