Re: Why Did Lao Tzu Write the TTC ?
Posted by PuddinHead on 2/8/2009, 9:41 pm, in reply to "Re: Why Did Lao Tzu Write the TTC ?"
Ahhhhh now I see, thanks for telling the story. So if you feel Lao Tzu simply wrote it to get past the Gatekeeper....My question then becomes did Lao Tzu beleive what he told the gatekeeper ? If he did, what was he trying to say ? |
: --Previous Message--
: Wayne mentions a fence and now you mention a
: gate. I can't tell if you are being funny or
: trying to seem aloof or perhaps hinting at
: something. Please, english is not my first
: language, so if you are hinting at something
: would you please just tell me, I am not
: getting where you are going.
: The rhythm of your question reminded me of
: the old joke, “Why did the chicken cross
: the road?” One answer is “To get to the
: other side.” There seemed to be a parallel
: there with Laozi.
: One version of the legend has it that Laozi,
: an archivist for the royal court (Zhou
: Dynasty), well known for his wisdom and
: teachings, could no longer tolerate the
: moral decay of life at court, so he left. He
: quit his position, climbed atop his water
: buffalo (or ox) and struck out. Laozi was
: heading west, which was also a metaphor for
: death or the after life. At Han Ku Pass, at
: the edge of the empire, Yin Hsi, the
: gatekeeper, recognized him. Yin Hsi asked
: Laozi to write the essence of his
: philosophy. Laozi wrote the Tao Te Ching (or
: Dao De Jing, or Laozi) to get to the other
: side of the gate, or through the pass.
: That’s where I was going.
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