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Laozi created Daoism a well-known Chinese philosophy but very little is known abouthis mysterious figure It is said the he was born in the province of Henan in 570BCE Encarta Before becoming a philosopher he worked as a court librarian at the imperialcourt He also went by the name Lao-Tzu which means Old Master Very little isknown about Laozis early life but he is credited with creating Daoism and writing the Daode Jing the most widely translated Chinese text Laozis strong opinions and eccentric beliefs would lead to the formation of Daoism Laozi overcame many obstacles before gaining followers His wise councilattracted followers but he refused to set his ideas down in writing He believed that written words might solidify into formal dogma Internet 5 Laozi wanted his philosophy to remain a natural way to live life with goodness serenity and respect At age 80 he set out toward what is now Tibet saddened and disillusioned that people were unwilling to follow his path to natural goodness Grolier Legend says Laozi set off into the desert on a water buffalo leaving civilization behind Internet 5 When he arrived at the final gate at the great wall protecting the kingdom the gatekeeper persuaded him to record the principles of his philosophy for posterity The result was the Daode Jing This ancient Chinese classic was translated more than any other book ever except for the Bible Internet 6 Laozi gained many followers after writing the Daode Jing Laozi saw past everyday worries to focus on the dao or the way of the universe as a whole Ellis 91 The Daode Jing teaches that the dao is realized through recognition and acceptance of nothingness Laozi thought that by doing nothing one could accomplish everything He did not mean to literally do nothing but to discern and follow the natural forces Internet 6 First and foremost to be spontaneous in onesactions He laid down no rigid code for behavior
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