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