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HUM 1710 11 April 11 2013 Unit Two Paper Taoism Taoism grew out of various religious and philosophical traditions in ancient China, including shamanism and nature religion. Zhang Daoling became the first Celestial Master and founder of the first organized Taoist school of thought. This tradition continues to the present day, with the current Celestial Master living in Taiwan. Early religious Taoism was rooted in the ideas of the Taoist thinkers, which were added local religious rituals and beliefs...

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Taoism Taoism is a religion as well as a philosophy that can be dated all the way back to around 500 B.C. It is one of the two dominant religions in China. Taoism is also termed “Daoism” in the more common language system, called Hanyu Pinyin, representing Chinese letters using Roman letters and is more commonly used amongst China and around the world. Like the Christian faith, they too use a sacred book, Tao Te Ching written by the great Sage, Lao Tzu as a guidance. This text has been translated...

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Taoism Part I. Little is known about Taoism. No date of its creation has ever been made a complete fact. It is believed to have arrived in China around the sixth century BCE. It was founded by Lao-tzu who is said to have written Taoism's most important sacred writing, Tao Te Ching or The Way and Its Power. This book is "second only to the Bible in number of Western translations." (Mary Pat Fisher, pg. 186) Taoism is essentially one of the most passive traditions around the world. With the important...

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Taoism is a philosophical and religious tradition that emphasizes living in harmony with the “Dao” or “Tao”. Tao, the core concept of Taoism, stands for “way”, the way of everything, the way shows how our universe run, the way how individuals can improve their soles better. In Zhou dynasty, there were many different philosophers talking about Tao/Dao. Gradually, the main definition of Taoism became ambiguous. Taoism, known by a religion, is very ancient in China. Taoism is about multi-gods. Besides...

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Running head: Taoism Taoism A Brief Overview When first deciding to write my term paper on Taoism I thought it would be just another religion. In my research I found so many different translations that my head started spinning. There are really no known facts about the founder of Taoism, Lao Tsu, except that he was possibly a contemporary of Confucius. He was searching for a way that would avoid the constant feudal warfare and other conflicts that disrupted society during his lifetime...

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opportunity, decision, etc. and when these situations present themselves we face dilemmas of how and why we should approach them in a certain manner according to moral precepts, short and long term goals, and societal constraints. The teachings of Taoism are an excellent if not perfect life guide for these dealings, because the Tao, or “the way”, can be thought in terms of a form of enlightenment or remedy for the humanly ways of this world. The Tao upholds the natural proof that life is of the utmost...

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Taoism is a religion that is all about finding “Tao” or “The Way.” The most important book to Taoism is the “Tao Te Ching” which has teachings that are attributed to Lao Tzu. Taoism is full of philosophical ideas, and teachings to teach one that life on earth is not just full of suffering and bitterness. The most important theme to finding this happiness in the universe is by using Wu-Wei. Wu-Wei is one of the most important concepts in Taoism. Wei refers to any intentional or reflected action...

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Religion and Taoism

Taoism(Dow-ism) All throughout history, a great influence over the world has been religion. This religion is not common to most of the world, but is known by most in china. Taoism is a relatively old religion, It became a faith in 440 CE, when it was adopted as a state religion. Taoists history, beliefs, and religious effects, are the main topics that are going to be discussed throughout this paper. Taoism is translated into English simply as the way or path ("History of Taoism"). Every Taoist...

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Nature of Taoism

Nature of Taoism Taoism was founded and developed by Chuang-Tzu and Lao-tzu. It is both the philosophical and religious belief that teaches living in harmony with “Dao” which means the path, principle, or way. “Dao” was an idea before Taoism, but it is considered the driving force of everything that exist in Taoism, which is why many say that Taoism teaches one to just “go with the flow” of life and the universe. Through Taoism, we see the beliefs of wu-wei (non-interference), naturalness, and...

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Comparison and Contrasts of Buddhism and Taoism

Comparison and Contrasts of Buddhism and Taoism Around 2500 years ago, two major Eastern religions arose that attempted to discern the causes of human suffering and the steps needed to end it. These two, Buddhism and Taoism, originated from two very different places yet are incredibly similar. Siddhartha Gautama, an Indian prince who became the enlightened Buddha, is recognized as the founder of Buddhism; Taoism has no recognized founder but was instead developed by many great teachers, the most...

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