道教. Taoism (Daoism). By Alex Cordaro and Juliana Young. Founders. Chuang Tzu He gave little thought to social status, reputation, or appearances. He was critical of the Confucian approach to life through rituals and etiquette. He did not look to the ancients for guidance.
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to social status,
approach to life through rituals
- He thought that reality was “dynamic and ever-changing.”
Picture of Lao-tzu and his donkey. After declining an invitation to be a royal advisor by a messenger, Lao-tzu washed his donkey and his own ears claiming that even a messenger was filled with political corruptness that needed to be washed away. This was especially true for his donkey who Lao-tzu claimed to be easily politically pursuiaded by the “donkeys” in the government.
Lao Tzu was sick of the decline of his civilization and he decided to go west and abandon civilization. On his way out, a gatekeeper asked if he would write down his teachings. Lao Tzu agreed, and, after a few days, gave the gatekeeper the Tao Te Ching.
- The 8 Kua symbolize different elements of nature
Three Pure Ones
The Eight Immortals
- 6,500 steps, 22 temples, 11 gates, 14 archways, 14 kiosks, 4 pavilions, 819 stone tablets, 1,018 stone side/Cliffside inscriptions