Can anybody tell me about the religion of Taoism?

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basically what i want to know are what are their beliefs and rituals? you can even copy and paste the information if you want honestly i don’t care i just want to know about taoism

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ihatechristiansegyptiangoddess

“Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.” Lao Tse
“Different Chinese philosophers, writing probably in 5-4 centuries B.C., presented some major ideas and a way of life that are nowadays known under the name of Taoism, the way of correspondence between man and the tendency or the course of natural world.” Alan Watts, from his book: “Tao: The Watercourse Way.”
“We believe in the formless and eternal Tao, and we recognize all personified deities as being mere human constructs. We reject hatred, intolerance, and unnecessary violence, and embrace harmony, love and learning, as we are taught by Nature. We place our trust and our lives in the Tao, that we may live in peace and balance with the Universe, both in this mortal life and beyond.” Creed of the Western Reform Taoist Congregation 1
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History of Taoism:
Tao (pronounced “Dow”) can be roughly translated into English as path, or the way. It is basically indefinable. It has to be experienced. It “refers to a power which envelops, surrounds and flows through all things, living and non-living. The Tao regulates natural processes and nourishes balance in the Universe. It embodies the harmony of opposites (i.e. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)” 2
The founder of Taoism is believed by many to be Lao-Tse (604-531 BCE), a contemporary of Confucius. (Alternative spellings: Lao Tze, Lao Tsu, Lao Tzu, Laozi, Laotze, etc.). He was searching for a way that would avoid the constant feudal warfare and other conflicts that disrupted society during his lifetime. The result was his book: Tao-te-Ching (a.k.a. Daodejing). Others believe that he is a mythical character.
Taoism started as a combination of psychology and philosophy but evolved into a religious faith in 440 CE when it was adopted as a state religion. At that time Lao-Tse became popularly venerated as a deity. Taoism, along with Buddhism and Confucianism, became one of the three great religions of China. With the end of the Ch’ing Dynasty in 1911, state support for Taoism ended. Much of the Taoist heritage was destroyed during the next period of warlordism. After the Communist victory in 1949, religious freedom was severely restricted. “The new government put monks to manual labor, confiscated temples, and plundered treasures. Several million monks were reduced to fewer than 50,000” by 1960. 3 During the cultural revolution in China from 1966 to 1976, much of the remaining Taoist heritage was destroyed. Some religious tolerance has been restored under Deng Xiao-ping from 1982 to the present time.
Taoism currently has about 20 million followers, and is primarily centered in Taiwan. About 30,000 Taoists live in North America; 1,720 in Canada (1991 census). Taoism has had a significant impact on North American culture in areas of “acupuncture, herbalism, holistic medicine, meditation and martial arts…” 3

Susan J

History of Taoism:
Tao (pronounced “Dow”) can be roughly translated into English as path, or the way. It is basically indefinable. It has to be experienced. It “refers to a power which envelops, surrounds and flows through all things, living and non-living. The Tao regulates natural processes and nourishes balance in the Universe. It embodies the harmony of opposites (i.e. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)” 2
The founder of Taoism is believed by many to be Lao-Tse (604-531 BCE), a contemporary of Confucius. (Alternative spellings: Lao Tze, Lao Tsu, Lao Tzu, Laozi, Laotze, etc.). He was searching for a way that would avoid the constant feudal warfare and other conflicts that disrupted society during his lifetime. The result was his book: Tao-te-Ching (a.k.a. Daodejing). Others believe that he is a mythical character.
Taoism started as a combination of psychology and philosophy but evolved into a religious faith in 440 CE when it was adopted as a state religion. At that time Lao-Tse became popularly venerated as a deity. Taoism, along with Buddhism and Confucianism, became one of the three great religions of China. With the end of the Ch’ing Dynasty in 1911, state support for Taoism ended. Much of the Taoist heritage was destroyed during the next period of warlordism. After the Communist victory in 1949, religious freedom was severely restricted. “The new government put monks to manual labor, confiscated temples, and plundered treasures. Several million monks were reduced to fewer than 50,000” by 1960. 3 During the cultural revolution in China from 1966 to 1976, much of the remaining Taoist heritage was destroyed. Some religious tolerance has been restored under Deng Xiao-ping from 1982 to the present time.
Taoism currently has about 20 million followers, and is primarily centered in Taiwan. About 30,000 Taoists live in North America; 1,720 in Canada (1991 census). Taoism has had a significant impact on North American culture in areas of “acupuncture, herbalism, holistic medicine, meditation and martial arts…” 3
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Captain Atheism

It should be online. Let me find it.
Link is below, this is an online translation of the Tao Te Ching. And that’s all there is to know about them. It’s not an organized religion per se, just a philosophy.

himiangaa

go to Wikipidia

Sho-Nuff

Well there is religious Taoism and philosophical Taoism. There are no ritual in philosophical Taoism and this is the way that Lao Tzu himself practiced. Religious Taoism from what I know does have deities and revered people in it. It somewhat resembles religious Buddhism.

Yehoshua

Google it http://www.religioustolerance.org/taoism.htm
My point here is DO A GOOGLE LIKE WE JUST DID OK
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opinionatedkitten

Taoism is those ideas which are mostly derived from the writings of Lao Tzeu and other Chinese philosophers.
The first idea of Taoism is that what appears weak and empty is actually stronger than that which stands rigid and strong. Thus, the plant that bends as a strong wind passes survives while the rigid plant breaks. The wind itself has no substance. Rivers also dig the hardest of rocks with time and patience. What is empty is better than what is full; the Taoist tries to be like an empty vase – so that he can be filled constantly by existence.
The Tao (the way) is inscrutable – it is the most subtle thing you can imagine (can’t actually). One can talk of the Tao, but not of the eternal Tao, which doesn’t let itself be found or defined.
A simple meditation practice goes as follow: You close your eyes and attempt to find the Tao. Whatever you think is the Tao cannot be the Tao. So you look for something else, something subtler. The idea is to clear your mind of everything, to become like the empty vase, ready to receive what the world has to offer.

Arckitekt

The Tao is the watercourse way, the markings in jade, the grain in wood

pkdepp

go to wikipedia.com

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