Laozi

Laozi (571 BC - 471 BC)(UK: /ˈlaʊˈzɪə/, US: /ˈlaʊˈtsiː/; also Li Er or Lao-Tzu /ˈlaʊˈtsuː/, /ˈlaʊˈdzʌ/ or Lao-Tze /ˈlaʊˈdzeɪ/; Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ, literally "Old Master") was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer.

Taoist Religious Community Founded

The Taoist religious community, T'ien-shih Tao (the Way of the Celestial Master), was founded in Sichuan province, China in 142 CE by the first patriarch Chang Ling. Continue reading

Taoist Philosopher Laozi or Master Lao

Taoist philosopher Li Erh was bestowed the title of Laozi or ‘Master Lao’. Continue reading

Zhang Lu

Upon the death of his father, Zhang Heng (张衡), Zhang Lu inherited control of the Celestial Masters religious group, and therefore became its third leader (the first was Zhang Lu's grandfather Zhang Daoling). Continue reading

A Taoist state

Circa 200 CE a Taoist state was set up by Zhang Lu, the third Taoist patriarch, in Han-chung (now part of the Chinese provinces of Szechwan and Shensi), from which its army formed the rebellion against the Han dynasty and was known as the Five Pecks of Rice. Continue reading

The Yellow Turban Rebellion

The Yellow Turban Rebellion was an uprising against the degenerating Han dynasty that began in eastern China in 184 under a Taoist faith healer, Chang Chtieh, lasting some 20 years. Continue reading