Tao Te ChingTao Te Ching
A Chinese text written in the first millennium BC, traditionally ascribed to Lao Tzu and setting forth the philosophical tenets of Taoism.
Origin of Tao Te ChingMandarin Dàodéjīng ( literally, “Classic of the Virtues of the Way” ) from Early Middle Chinese daw' tək kεjŋ daw' road, way, Tao ; see Tao. tək strength of character, virtue (from Old Chinese) kεjŋ to pass through, warp (of a fabric), rule, standard, classic text ( from Old Chinese kêŋ )
- The central religious text in Taoism.