Buddha Zhen offers an informal overview with his speculations about: “Who was Lao Tzu,” the author of Tao Te Ching?
Buddha Zhen seeks to make Taoism understandable for Americans. So he calls Lao Tzu’s only written work, the Book of Changes. Buddha Zhen also uses the American word, “Nature,” with a capital “N” to represent “Mother Nature.” This Mother Nature concept we westerners share is close to the meaning of “The Tao” or “Natural Order.”
“As the accidental founder of Taoism, he has been heralded and Sainted…”
“I read that he was a contemporary and possibly a friend of Confucius. (If they were people ‘say’ they didn’t get along.) What a great combination they make! Confucius explains the “Tao of Family…” and Lao Tzu teaches the “Tao of Nature,” which is the bigger picture… By combining these two philosophers we created the “Tao of Social Order.”
“This book, Tao of Taoism, is a study of the words of Lao Tzu. My interpretations of several translations of the Tao Te Ching… Incorporating thee wisdoms into my Shaolin Chi Mantis Kung Fu schools provided a unique opportunity to improve the lives
of my students by helping them put there interpretations into practice and viewing their validity. Watching my students improve their way of thinking also inspired me to make this book public, to benefit as many people I possibly can.