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February 6, 2014. Objectives: Students will be able to explain the main beliefs of Taoism and Confucianism. Question: Explain the idea of the 4 Noble Truths. Agenda: Notes- Taoism and Confucianism due today. Taoism ( dow’ism ).

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february 6 2014
February 6, 2014

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the main beliefs of Taoism and Confucianism.

Question: Explain the idea of the 4 Noble Truths.

Agenda: Notes- Taoism and Confucianism due today

taoism dow ism

Taoism (dow’ism)

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~Lao Tse

what is taoism
What is Taoism?

Also means path or the way

Both a Philosophy and a religion and a way of understanding the universe

Along with Buddhism and Confucianism it’s one of the three greatest religions of China

Does not refer to any specific incarnation of God.

Protecting Nature is favored

Each person focuses on the world around them in order to understand the inner harmonies of the universe.

Religious system kind of focused on meditation and contemplation

Emphasis on individual freedom and three jewels: love, moderation, and humility

founder founded sacred writings
Founder/Founded/Sacred Writings

Founded in 604 B.C.

Founder was Lao-Tse (“Old Master”) who was searching for a way would avoid the constant feudal warfare and other conflicts that disrupted society during his lifetime, he was dedicated to balancing his inner spirit. (Also Historical leader)

Because of this he wrote a book Tao-Te-Ching where he focuses on a realistic path of humanity to follow which would end the warfare.

believers practiced holy places
Believers/Practiced/Holy Places

Practiced in China and 31,389,000 believers

Holy Places include Kiangsi and various holy mountains such as Mt. Wudang (Mt. Supreme-Harmony)

supreme being
Supreme Being

The Supreme Being is Jade Emperor is the ultimate ruler of all heavens (of which the Chinese have over 30)

Mainly the Taoist ruler of Heaven-most powerful dominator

symbol yin yang
Symbol-Yin Yang

It represents the balance of opposites in the universe-when they are equally present all is calm but when one is outweighed by the other there is confusion and disarray.

Yin is the quiet female, a receiving force that is associated with earth, the earth is the source of life providing us with what we need to survive

Yang is the strong male giving force that is associated with heaven, the heaven above us always in motion and brings about change

The dots inside the black and white halves indicate that within each is the seed of the other and neither can exist without the other.



Dark, Night

Odd Numbers

The moon







Rain, water



Day Light

Even Numbers

The sun







Fire, Heat


final 3
Final 3

Explain the concept of the yin and the yang