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Who is Lao Tzu? 3 question I asked about him? Philosopher!?

Who is Lao Tzu? 3 question I asked about him?
1. Is Lao Tzu studies a religion?
2. Was there any negatives talks about Lao Tzu?
3. Did they worship Lao Tzu?
I asked this because there’s a lot of malignant religions out there. I read 10 chapters of one of his books The Tao Te Ching and I got interested. But I don’t want to follow The Tao Te Ching and finder out that Lao Tzu did a lot of evil things.

6 COMMENTS

  1. What’s more important? The message or the messenger? The Tao (or any belief system) is whatever you make it. You control your world.

  2. I have heard numerous stories about him, but never studied
    about him. Wayne Dyer has given lectures about him
    on PBS and ,I think, written a book about him.
    He gets good press these days

  3. All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
    ~ Lao Tzu
    Follow your intuition, he was a great awakened master. No need to follow him, just use his words and pointers to the direct experience of truth within and come to your own experience and direct knowingness.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laozi

  4. 1) It can be a philosophy or a religion. I personally follow it as a philosophy.
    2) Yes and No. Taoism and Confucianism disagree on many things. Thus there are many debates between these two groups as to what is right or wrong. So it depends on your point of view. I would say no.
    3) No i have never heard of anyone worshipping Lao Tzu. Taoist aren’t even required to believe he existed, since his philosophy is important not the person.
    The romans did a lot of bad things but does that make you reject plumbing ?
    Just think for a moment do you reject what a scientist discovered because of any wrong doings in his life ?
    Does it matter who it was that discovered a truth ?
    _()_

  5. Lao Tzu is the person credited with writing the Tao Te Ching, which forms the cornerstone of the Taoist religion. The problem with providing information about him, though, is that the Tao Te Ching is so very old that even the references to him are comparatively new. The oldest surviving record of him as a person was written about four centuries after the time it credits him with being alive.
    For that matter, ‘Lao Tzu’ isn’t really a name – it’s an honorific. It means ‘old master’. As such there have been many people CALLED Lao Tzu and it becomes very, very difficult to untangle who wrote what and why.
    There are even those who suggest that there never was a Lao Tzu as a person, and that the earliest collections of the Tao De Ching were just folk sayings passed from person to person.
    We have so little evidence to go on, that there really is nothing we can say definitively about the author of the Tao De Ching. Not even if he was a single person or ever existed! Peace.

  6. i love this anecdote from The Tao of Pooh (read that, along with the Teh of Piglet, and decide for yourself if Lao Tzu was “evil.”)
    Confucius, Buddha and Lao Tzu were at a barrel of vinegar. Confucius tried the vinegar and winced, decrying that vinegar isn’t what it used to be anymore and wished for the good old days. Buddha tried the vinegar and winced, decrying its bitterness.
    Lao Tzu tried the vinegar, smiled in great pleasure, and declared: that’s exactly how vinegar is supposed to taste.
    tells me everything i need to know.

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