Taoism


In the seventh and eighth centuries was the major religion in China. Taoist tradition has been divided into many different branches. It is used as a religion but it also as a technique of control. The two main branches are philosophical and religious. The two branches have risen to great complexity known as the Taoist religion. I am concerned with the Taoist religion in the form as the philosophical part of , the mystical . In my paper I am trying to figure out the bases of the religion and how the first emperor was affected by the Taoist religion.
I think is the most practical and realistic religion. Even though it is not always logical. is immensely complex, vast, and ...

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sense of a method and a course of conduct.
Taoist writings are wise and mystical. They are written in a poetic form. The Taoist bible is 1,120 volumes long. The Chuang Tzu is a compilation of Taoist writings from the time period around 300B.C. Some think it is the finest writing of Taoist thought. It is a very interesting book filled with Taoist ideas and beliefs. The Chuang Tzu says “While the Tao always seems to be in flux, the balance of its forces is forever the same, so that in a larger sense it is unchanging, and it is absolutely indivisible”(Creel 1970pg.2). (Which I see as if a person wishes to be one with the Tao you must fully understand, and in every way connected to the Tao). One cannot only be half heartedly into the ideas and realities of the Tao or it is not so. Chuang Tzu goes on and says, “It follows that it cannot be described in words or even comprehended by thought. It also follows that apparent lesser objects, like me and you exist only as ...

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and righteousness are foolish and more than likely to do harm. says human heartedness and morality aren’t natural. To the Taoist these things are irrelevant.
People should follow wu wei. Chuang Tzu says, “Do nothing and everything will be done” (Creel 1970 Pg4). This statement is very true and I can picture it in a Taoist way. (And in my own way of doing things. The two are very different.) . Every action produces a reaction. “If one has understood Tao i.e., The way the universe works, one can detect things at an exceedingly early stage in their development. Indeed one can deal with a thing before it is there” (Welch, 1957 Pg.25)”. I believe that this is true. The Taoist ...

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