Laotse lived in the 6th Century BC and is considered one of the greatest Chinese philosophers. Little is known about Laotse`s life.

Supposedly he worked as an archivist in the library of Zhou. His dissatisfaction with the corruption and the moral decay in the country led him to resign from office and leave the country. When he reached the western gate of the kingdom a sentry recognized Laotse and asked him to write down his wisdom. This occurrence is considered the origin of the most influential Taoist text, the Tao Te King.

The term “Tao” is often translated as “the way”, “the principle” or “the sense/the meaning”. It refers to the process of reality itself, the way on which the entities come together, while still changing. This reflects the deeply rooted belief in Chinese culture, that change is the most fundamental attribute of all things. This focus on change is the central point of contact of Laotse`s Tao Te King and the I Ging.

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