Laozi (Lao Tzu)
By Jordan D.
Lao Tzu was said to be a Chinese philosopher and author of “Tao te ching” which was the main idea and text of Taoism. Therefore, Lao Tzu is known as the father of Chinese Taoism. The idea behind the religion is to connect with nature and harmonize one’s life with Tao, or the eternal path of the universe or the way.
Lao Tzu lived before the time of Confucius. Lao Tzu founded the philosophical school Tao Chia, which taught the idea of Tao. It taught withdraw from worldly interests, mediation, and nonviolent approach to life.
When and Where?
"Laozi." World Religions Reference Library. Ed. Julie L. Carnagie, et al. Vol. 4: Biographies. Detroit: UXL, 2007. 203-209. World History in Context. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.