Definition of Tao-te-Ching in English:

Tao-te-Ching

(also Daodejing)

noun

  • The central Taoist text, ascribed to Lao-tzu, the traditional founder of Taoism. Apparently written as a guide for rulers, it defined the Tao, or way, and established the philosophical basis of Taoism.

    • ‘The classic Tao-te-Ching or ' Book of the Way and its Virtue ', attributed to Lao-tzu, sets out the principles for leading this higher life.’
    • ‘T'ai chi ch'uan incorporates the Taoist principles expressed in the Tao-te Ching.’

Origin

Chinese, literally the Book of the Way and its Power.

Pronunciation:

Tao-te-Ching

/ˈdou də ˈjiNG/