For the first time in 50 years, China will organize a
state-level forum on Dao De Jing, a classic Taoist
Dao De Jing, also translated as Tao Te Ching
or the Classic of the Way and Virtue, was written by Lao
Zi about 2,500 years ago, around the time that Buddha was
expounding the Dharma in India and Pythagoras was teaching in
One of the most influential Chinese books of all time, it has
been translated into more than 30 foreign languages.
More than 300 delegates from 19 countries and regions will
attend the six-day forum which will be held in Xi'an, capital of
northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and in Hong Kong from April
22, according to the Taoist Association of China, one of the
sponsors of the forum.
"Dao De Jing is not only the central text of Taoism,
but also a precious spiritual and cultural treasure of the Chinese
nation," said Qi Xiaofei, vice president of the China Religious
Culture Communication Association.
"The harmonious philosophy of Dao De Jing transcends
history, religion and national boundaries. A classic text, it
nevertheless resonates with the aspirations of the contemporary
world," Qi said.
There are more than 5,000 Taoist temples on the Chinese
(Xinhua News Agency April 21, 2007)