THE TAO TE CHING has been a treasure through the ages to many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and even gardeners have used it as a source of inspiration, not to mention countless readers. Its strong influence has also spread widely outside East Asia, aided by hundreds of translations into Western languages. show more show less
Gia-Fu Feng was prominent as both an English translator (with his wife, Jane English) of Daoist classics and a Daoist teacher in the United States.
Laozi (Lao Tzu), chinese philosopher, was a native of Chu, a southern state in the Zhou dynasty. His birth and death dates are uncertain. He is considered to be the founder of Taoism. According to legend, he set out on a journey to leave China. At the border, he was asked by a border guard to record his teachings. These teachings were compiled into what we know as the Tao-te-Ching, translated Classic of the Way and Virtue.