Tao Te Ching – Daode jing

October 8, 2010

Tao Te Ching(Daode De Jing) has been released today in ebook format. Tao Te Ching is attributed to the philosopher of ancient China, Laozi. The Tao Te Ching name comes from the opening words of its two sections: dào (way) in Chapter 1, and dé (virtue) Chapter 38, plus jīng (classic). It is traditionally said it was written around the 6th century BC by the sage Laozi (Lao Tzu, “Old Master”), however the text’s true authorship and date of composition or compilation are still debated.

The Tao Te Ching is fundamental to the Philosophical Taoism (Dàojiā) and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism and Neo-Confucianism. This ancient book is also central in Chinese religion, not only for Religious Taoism (Dàojiào) but Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Taoist words and concepts. Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and even gardeners have used the Tao Te Ching as a source of inspiration. Its influence has also spread widely outside East Asia, aided by hundreds of translations into Western languages.

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