Birthday of Lao Zi The Founder and Patriarch of Taoism




Lao Zi, the founder of the philosophy of Taoism was born in the year of 1301 BC, the 24th year of Wu Ting of Shang Dynasty on the 15th Day of the 2nd Lunar Month, Lao Zi was named Li Er and self styled Li Tan.

At Birth, he had an extraordinary appearance – a boy-like face and white hair with his left finger pointing the Heaven and right finger pointing, the Earth. Hence, everyone called him Lao Zi, meaning the “Old One ” . He was a historian & keeper of the Imperial Archives of the Zhou Dynasty while practising the “Tao”.

Later, Lao Zi gave up his post and headed for Han Ku Kuan – a western frontier pass where he met the keeper of the pass Yin Xi who became his first disciple. Before his departure, Lao Zi wrote a 5000 words book – “Tao Te Ching”.

According to Taoist Scriptures, Lao Zi was actually the incarnation of Shen Pao Jun through the incarnation of the Celestial Lord of Ancient Beginning (Yuan-Shih Tien Huang). He is deified as Tai Shang Lao Jun and is recognized by all Taoist as the patriarch of the Taoist Religion – the highest deity in the Taoist pantheon. He is also regarded as the Lord of Virtue (Tao Te Tien Tsun) and hence The Three Pure Ones (San-Ching) are the emanation of the Tai-Shang Lao Jun – the Celestial Lords of the three Pure Realms.

The teaching and philosophy of “Tao” represents the highest form of belief of Taoism. All Taoist followers regard Lao Zi’s birthday on the 15th day of the 2nd lunar month as the most important festival in the lunar calendar year. Every Taoist temple all over the world sets up grand altar to honour Lao Zi and every Taoist followers should celebrate his birthday as a Taoist Day.

Taoist Day ( 15th Day of the 2nd Lunar Month ) is For Every Follower To Celebrate.