Religion: Taoism


The early lands of China were the breeding grounds for many religions and philosophies alike. Religions such as Confucianism, Animism, Shintoism, Buddhism and Taoism all started either in China or the Far East (Asia). The religion that I studied was Taoism.
Taoism was a philosophy that started in the 300's BC, later on Taoism changed into a religion (100's BC). A philosopher named Lao-tzu founded Taoism in China. Later the religions and teachings of Lao-tzu were passed on to another thinker in classical Chinese philosophy, Chuang-tzu or Zhuangzi. Taoism and its philosophical teaching were spread by the men mentioned above and their writing, Lao-tzu wrote the Loa-tzu (or the ...

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the Tao-te-ching, the most translated work of Chinese literature, he discusses his philosophy that teaches the "Tao" or the way. The way is realized through recognition and the complete expectance of nothingness. Zhuangzi was also a Chinese philosopher and a student of Lao-tzu. He worked as a minor official in Meng or present day Henan. His self-entitled book is a compilation of his work, that of his followers, other schools, and later commentators. He based what he taught on basic Taoism teachings along with the premise that our views change and our view of truth changes with context.
The pupils of Taoism were taught to avoid all social obligations, against the ideas of the Cunfucist teachings. They were also taught to live in harmony with nature. By avoiding all obligations to socialize with other people they followers of Taoism led very simple, spontaneous, and spur of the moment lives. The holy books in this religion consisted of The Tao-te-ching (the way of virtue) and the ...

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