Taoism


It is always present in you. You can use it anyway you want.
-- Lao-tzu
is one of the two great philosophical and religious traditions
that originated in China. The other philosophy native to China is
Confucianism. Both Taoism and Confucianism began at about the same time,
around the sixth century B.C. China's third great religion, Buddhism, came
to China from India around the second century of the common era. Together,
these three faiths have shaped Chinese life and thought for nearly twenty-
five hundred years. One dominate concept in Taoism and Buddhism is the
belief in some form of reincarnation. The idea that life does not end
when one dies is an integral part of these ...

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an enlightenment
on the reincarnation concepts as they apply to Taoism and Buddhism.
The goal in Taoism is to achieve tao, to find the way. Tao is the
ultimate reality, a presence that existed before the universe was formed
and which continues to guide the world and everything in it. Tao is
sometimes identified as the Mother, or the source of all things. That
source is not a god or a supreme being as with Christians, for Taoism is
not monotheistic. The focus is not to worship one god, but instead on
coming into harmony with tao. Tao is the essence of everything that is
right, and complications exist only because people choose to complicate
their own lives. Desire, ambition, fame, and selfishness are seen as
hindrances to a harmonious life. It is only when one rids himself of all
desires can tao be achieved. By shunning every earthly distraction, the
Taoist is able to concentrate on life itself. The longer the one's life,
the closer to tao one is presumed to have become. ...

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without limit. There is continuity without
a starting point. Applying reincarnation theory to Taoism is the belief
that the soul never dies, a person's soul is eternal. It is possible to
see death in contrast to life; both are unreal and changing. One's soul
does not leave the world into the unknown, for it can never go away.
Therefore there is no fear to come with death.
In the writings of The Tao Te Ching, tao is described as having existed
before heaven and earth. Tao is formless; it stands alone without change
and reaches everywhere without harm. The Taoist is told to use the light
that is inside to revert to the natural clearness of sight. By divesting
oneself of all ...

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