Taoism

By: Victoria Vynnychok

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Beliefs

Most Important Belief


The most important belief in Taoism is that the universe works harmoniously according to its own ways. People must find the way to live in harmony with the Tao. They believe this because it's their spiritual way of living and it's also native to their traditions.


Why Follow?

While other religions set strict rules and punishments, Taoism offers guidance to harmony with the universe and a way for the soul to become part of it.


Extremists

Up to now there has been no reports on Taoist extremists.

Art

The painting you see below is called Taoist Scholar Dreaming of Immortality. Painted by Chou Ch'en in the 15th century. It represents Taoism because the irregular landscape shows that the flow of Ch'i (the wind) as experience produces different opinion, which explains conflict.
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Poem

Look, but you can't see it.

Listen, but you can't touch it.

Invisible, inaudible, intangible.

Elusive.

The One.

-Lao Tzu


This poem's lines define Taoism because they they speak of the Tao's harmony. Taoism doesn't set strict rules, it guides an individual in search of harmony.

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Current Event

Con-artists are ripping off visitors at sacred sites.Temples in China will be given certificates to show they are real and not fake. Real Buddhist and Taoist temples are getting documents from religious authorities to show that they are real and not some scam. The visiting followers of Taoism are often donating money and buying expensive incenses from their good will. The positive side of getting documents for the real temples is that now tourists might not get scammed anymore. On another side new licensing requirements can be used by Chinese government to put some pressure on temples. It's not uncommon for Communist regimes to try to control religions.

Facts

  • Today there are about 20 million Taoists worldwide.
  • Was formed in 550 b.c.e.
  • Laozi is know as the founder of Taoism.
  • The Tao Te Ching or Daodejing by legend is said to be written by Laozi himself.
  • Taoism is a philosophical, ethical, and religious tradition of Chinese origin.
  • Tao means "way" but can also be interpreted as road, channel, path or line.