(Lao Zi/Lao Dan/ Lao-Tze)
Lao Tzu (Lao Zi ) is one of the greatest Taoist Masters and his treatise on Dao, the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) is a work that accurately explains nature and the universe. His combined thoughts of Taoism belong to the library of practical Taoist documents.
Lao Tzu’s Taoist philosophy had nothing to do with theology or religion when it first appeared. It was purely for guiding or helping those who were seeking a way to successfully navigate this world in their daily life. Especially during the Western Han Dynasty, even the ruling Emperor adopted Taoism as a guide for ruling his Empire. Lao Tzu (Lao Zi) was born in the Chen State and served as the librarian for King Zhou. Lao Tzu also had a number of students such as Wen Zi Juan Zi, Guan Yin Zi, Yang Zhu and even the great philosopher, Kong Zi who is also known as Confucius.
Lao Tzu’s retreat into seclusion resulted in his achievements being concealed from the rest of the world. His seclusion was the practice of a significant Taoist pursuit that allowed him to understand and connect with nature. “Surrender brings perfection, the crooked become straight, the empty become full, the worn become new…” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
How does the LaoZi Academy relate to Lao Tzu and his philosophy?
As the name clearly states, the academy adopted the name of the greatest Taoist Master and thinker, LaoZi (Lao Tzu), as its name. The academy was established with the aim of teaching and spreading Lao Tzu’s Taoist teachings in addition to showing people how to best approach Taoism, cultivate it and ultimately achieve Tao.
Along with teaching Taoist cultivation and Lao Tzu’s principles, the academy promotes an ideal harmony with nature. The Taoist lifestyle methods and practices are adhered to for gaining and preserving health.
Through Master Dong Yang you will have access to an abundance of practical and theoretical Taoist knowledge which will easily cater to your individual needs.
“Everyone knows that the soft overcomes the hard and the yielding triumphs over the rigid… Why then so little faith? Why can no one practice it?…” – Lao Tzu, the Tao Te Ching.”