Place of Worship/Tao Te Ching
The place of worship Taoists go to for worshiping Tao is the Gong. The Gong is a place where Taoists can mix their thoughts and ideas of construction with ancient ideas of construction. There are 3 types of Gongs. Palace-like, regular, and simple huts or caves. Although a Gong can look like a Buddhist temple, Gong statues from the Yin and Yang which are dragon and tiger are placed outside main gates. Taoists have a choice of either worshiping at home or at the Gong. The Taoist holy book is the Tao Te Ching. The Tao Te Ching has up to 81 chapters. The Tao Te Ching was written approximately 2,500 years ago based on the best prediction. The original Tao Te Ching was translated from ancient Chinese. There may be distinct translations because of different versions of text. When Lao Tzu founded Taoism, he refused to write practices on paper; Lao Tzu may not be the true author of the Tao Te Ching.