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Depending on the romanization scheme you use, this man's name can be spelled Laozi, Lao Tzu, or Lao Tze. In older English usage, he was known as Laocius. He is believed to have lived around 500 B.C.
He was a Chinese philosopher, founder of Daoism/Taoism, credited with being the author of the sacred and wise book of Daoism/Taoism.
There is a theory that Lao Tzu's soul traveled to India and was reborn as the Buddha.
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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| lǎo zi // lǎo zǐ / lao3 zi5 // lao3 zi3
lao tzu // lao
roushi / roshi / ろうし
father; daddy; "I, your father" (in anger, or out of contempt); I (used arrogantly or jocularly); Laozi or Lao-tze (c. 500 BC), Chinese philosopher, the founder of Taoism; the sacred book of Daoism, 道德經|道德经 by Laozi
Laozi; Lao Tzu; Lao Tse; (personal name) Roushi; (surname) Oigo; (surname) Oiko
Laozi, or Laocius, the accepted founder of the Daoists. The theory that his soul went to India and was reborn as the Buddha is found in the 齊書 History of the Qi dynasty 顧歡傳.
| lǎo zǐ huà hú jīng / lao3 zi3 hua4 hu2 jing1
lao tzu hua hu ching
Rōshi keko kyō
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
| lǎo zi yīng xióng ér hǎo hàn , lǎo zi fǎn dòng ér hún dàn / lao3 zi5 ying1 xiong2 er2 hao3 han4 , lao3 zi5 fan3 dong4 er2 hun2 dan4
lao tzu ying hsiung erh hao han , lao tzu fan tung erh hun tan
|If the father is a hero, the son is a real man. If the father is a reactionary, the son is a bastard. (Cultural Revolution slogan); fig. like father, like son|
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|老子||roushi / roshi||lǎo zǐ / lao3 zi3 / lao zi / laozi||lao tzu / laotzu|
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