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TAOISM. Taoism. Taoism is both a philosophy and a religion. Beginnings of Taoism are generally accredited to Lao-tzu, a sixth century philosopher, believed to be from the Henan Province . Lao- Tsu published Tao- te - Ching , or the “Book of the Way” @225 million adherents

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Taoism

TAOISM


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Taoism

Taoism is both a philosophy and a religion.

Beginnings of Taoism are generally accredited to

Lao-tzu, a sixth century philosopher,

believed to be from the Henan

Province.


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  • Lao-Tsu published Tao-te-Ching, or the “Book of the Way”

  • @225 million adherents

  • The best government governs least

  • Focus on nature

  • FengShui


Taoists believe

Taoists believe

Wu-wei = primary virtue and means “non-action.” To practice wu-wei is to be so perfectly in harmony with nature that its energy infuses and empowers the individual.

Humility and noncompetition

Naturalness and naturalism

Nonaggression and passive rule

Taoists advocate a simple honest life and noninterference with the course of natural events

Taoists don’t like politics, administration, or elaborate rituals.

Taoists believe that the purpose of life is to live according to the Tao.

That requires calmness, passiveness, and humility.


Creation

CREATION

Taoists believe that there is no one creator, that at the beginning, there was only chaos, or a void, called Wuji.


Then from the void wuji the cosmos came into being

Then from the void (Wuji) the cosmos came into being.


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With the cosmos came the energies of yin and yang which combined to create what is called the Taiji Du


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Qi emerged from the blending of yin and yangThe concept of the joining of yin and yang is often compared to the big bang theory.


Diagram

Diagram


Hengshan monastery

HENGSHAN MONASTERY

Hengshan Monastery is located on the cliffs of Mt. Hengshan, which is one of the five sacred mountains of Taoism. In the Shanxi province of China, near the city of Datong.


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Bridges and corridors connect those pavilions and caves in which dozens of bronze, iron, stone and clay statues are enshrined.


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In the Three Religions Hall, Buddha, Confucius and Lao-tzu are all enshrined together. This is because in present day the three faiths co-exist in the temple.


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