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Lao Tzu Information and History

The following information is about Lao Tzu - The Father of Taoism. The quotes and other information about Lao Tzu, show his motivation and thoughts from the ancient Chinese pilosopher.

Lao Tzu was a philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching (often simply referred to as Laozi). Lao Tzu association with the Tao Te Ching has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of philosophical Taoism (pronounced as "Daoism"). He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy, which often refers to Laozi as Taishang Laojun, or "One of the Three Pure Ones".

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu is an honorific title. Lao means "venerable" or "old", such as modern Mandarin laoshi, "teacher". Zi, Wade-Giles transliteration tzu, in this context is typically translated "master". Zi was used in ancient China as an honorific suffix, indicating "Master", or "Sir". In popular biographies, Lao Tzu's given name was Er, his surname was Li (forming Li Er) and his courtesy name was Boyang. Dan is a posthumous name given to Lao Tzu, and he is sometimes referred to as Li Dan.

According to Chinese traditions, Lao Tzu lived in the 6th century BCE. Historians variously contend that Lao Tzu is a synthesis of multiple historical figures, that he is a mythical figure, or that he actually lived in the 5th-4th century BCE, concurrent with the Hundred Schools of Thought and Warring States Period.


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A central figure in Chinese culture, both nobility and common people claim Lao Tzu in their lineage. He was honored as an ancestor of the Tang imperial family, and was granted the title Taishang xuanyuan huangdi, meaning "Supreme Mysterious and Primordial Emperor". Xuanyuan and Huangdi are also, respectively, the personal and proper names of the Yellow Emperor. Throughout history, Lao Tzu work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.