Lao Tzu

It is believed that Lao Tzu was born between 604 and 570 BCE [McDowell: 339] in Ch’u (present-day Henan Province) and lived from approximately 570 to 490 B.C.E. His name, Lao Tzu (), translates as “old master” which sometimes leads him to be referred to as Lao Tan or Li Er.

Lao Tzu was the head librarian of the imperial archives for House of Zhou in Luoyang. With this station he was surrounded by…

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