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Nathaniel Parks Religion and Culture Essay #2 Good afternoon, thank you for registering your interest in Daoism. My name is Nathaniel Parks, and I will be your guide through the world of “the Way.” I hope that as we embark on this journey of understanding, that you will consider Daoism to be your religion of choice. First, let us take a look at the history of Daoism. While Daoism wasn’t founded by any one person per say, our most influential teacher and profound leader was Lao Tzu. Lao Tzu was quite the man during his day. He lived in his mother’s womb for 62 years, so by the time he was born, he was already quite wise. During his life he was the palace secretary and keeper of archives for the Chou dynasty. During that time, he wrote the sacred book of the Dao, the Daodejing. The wisdom passed through the Daodejing has been invaluable to our beliefs. After Lao Tzu completed the Daodejing and had served his tenure as the keeper of records, he decided that he was disgusted with the way the Chou dynasty was operating and that, at the age of 160, he needed to take a leave of absence. Lao Tzu then hopped on the back of a Black Ox and rode into the desert, never to be heard from again. As Lao Tzu was leaving China, he gave the Daodejing to Yin Xi. From there, the text was then disseminated throughout China.
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  • Spring '14
  • DonaldL.Berry
  • Daoism, Chinese philosophy

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