As he departed for the lands of the West, perched on his black buffalo, Laozi, the “Old Master” encountered a border guard. This guard implored him to leave the world with one more written work: and thus, so the legend goes, Tao Te Ching was born. For over two thousand years its five thousand Chinese characters have given rise to innumerable commentaries. This “Classic of the Way and the Virtue” has been, along with the teachings of Confucius (who was his contemporary and bitter rival), at the very foundation of Chinese civilisation until the present day. In-depth analysis of the flexibility and non-action, the Tao Te Ching, throughout the centuries, now in an even more modern light.