• Charles Cherney

138: Lao Tzu - You are nobody

Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism. A semi-legendary figure, Lao Tzu is usually portrayed as a 6th-century BCE contemporary of Confucius. Lao Tzu may or may not have existed.


I love this quote from Osho's book on Lao Tzu:


Before birth: No name and no form. Deep down a vast space.

During life: Name and form (on the surface). Deep down a vast space.

After death: No name and no form. Deep down a vast space.


Existence gives you the freedom of nobodiness – infinite, nonending.


To embrace "You are nobody" is not to embrace nihilism.

For Lao Tzu, life is not meaningless.

Rather it is beyond mind, beyond meaning. Life is natural.

Enjoying ordinary things like the sun and the sky and water and trees. Even in one's life with one's name and one's form on the surface, a vast space exists deep down. Tapping into this space is the secret.

Nothing special. Nobody. Home.