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According to this legend, what Lao Tzu wrote became the sacred text called the Today there are at least twenty million Daoists, and perhaps even half a billion, living around the world, especially in China and Taiwan.

For Lao Tzu, it wasn’t a volume (or a scroll) but the book of nature.

But when Lao Tzu refers to nature, he is thinking of some very particular aspects of the natural world; he focuses in on a range of attitudes he sees in it which, if we manifested them more regularly in our own lives, would help us find serenity and fulfilment.

Lao Tzu liked to compare different parts of nature to different virtues.

The Tao Te Ching is somewhat like the Bible: it gives instructions (at times vague and generally open to multiple interpretations) on how to live a good life.

It discusses the “Dao,” or the “way” of the world, which is also the path to virtue, happiness, and harmony.

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