The TAO TE CHING (also transliterated as DAODEJING) is a classic Chinese text written in sixth century BC by Laozi, a sage and scholar. The TAO TE CHING teaches the fundamentals of Chinese Taoism ('the way') and its influence has spread to the western world.
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Laozi (also Lao Tzu and Lao Tse) was a semi-mythical philosopher and writer, reputed to have lived in the 6th century BC. He is traditionally considered to be the father of Taoism and remains a highly influential figure in Chinese society.