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Laolaizi 老莱子 "Master Laolai"


The Laolaizi 老莱子 "Master Laolai" is a Daoist treatise attributed to the Spring and Autumn period 春秋 (770-5th cent. BCE) Master Laolai from the state of Chu 楚. He is said to have compiled a book of 15 chapters. It might be that Laolaozi is just another name for the great Daoist philosopher Laozi, but more sources identify him as a different person. The history Zhanguoce 戰國策 says that Laolaizi was a teacher of Confucius. The imperial bibliography Yiwenzhi 藝文志 of the official dynastic history Hanshu 漢書 lists the book Laolaizi with a length of 18 chapters. The book must have been lost at the beginning of the Tang period 唐 (618-907). The Qing period scholar Ma Guohan 馬國翰 collected all surviving fragments of the Laolaizi in the Zhuangzi 莊子, Shizi 尸子, Kongcongzi 孔叢子 or Gaoshizhuan 高士傳 and published it in his collectaneum Yuhan shanfang jiyi shu 玉函山房輯佚書.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 2293. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.

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