Sunday, September 26, 2021

can anyone give info on Taoism?

i need to get information on Taoism for my mandarin class.
this isnt last minute or anything i just want some other resources.
***no .com or .net please****


  1. Taoism refers to a variety of related philosophical and religious traditions and concepts. These traditions have influenced East Asia for over two thousand years and some have spread internationally.
    Taoism has never been a unified religion, but has rather consisted of numerous teachings based on various revelations. Therefore, different branches of Taoism often have very distinct beliefs. Nevertheless, there are certain core beliefs that nearly all the schools share.
    Principles: Taoism theology emphasizes various themes found in the Daodejing and Zhuangzi, such as naturalness, vitality, peace, “non-action” (wu wei), emptiness (refinement), detachment, the strength of softness (or flexibility), receptiveness, spontaneity, the relativism of human ways of life, ways of speaking and guiding behavior.
    Taoism is based on ancient Chinese ways and teachings of sages whose remembrances is shrouded in the mists of time and legend. Most famous of these is Laozi who is thought to have lived some time between 600 and 300 BCE. To him is attributed the central scripture of Taoism, which purposes a philosophical detachment, allowing things to take their own natural course without interference. By remaining quiet and receptive, one lives in harmony with natural flow of life, with the Dao, the unnamable eternal Reality.
    Ethics: The Three Jewels, or Three Treasures, (Chinese: 三寶; pinyin: sānbÇŽo; Wade-Giles: san-pao) are basic virtues in Taoism. The Three Jewels are compassion, moderation and humility. They are also translated as kindness, simplicity (or the absence of excess), and modesty. Arthur Waley describes them as “[t]he three rules that formed the practical, political side of the author’s teaching”. He correlated the Three Treasures with “abstention from aggressive war and capital punishment”, “absolute simplicity of living”, and “refusal to assert active authority”.

  2. Lao Tzu wrote Tao Te Ching as the scripture of Taoism. the central vehicle of achieving tranquility was the Tao, a term which has been translated as “the way” or “the path.” Te in this context refers to virtue and Ching refers to laws. Tao Te Ching could be translated as The Law (or Canon) of Virtue and its Way. the Tao was the central mystical term of Lao Tzu and the Taoist, a formless, unfathomable source of all things. the “Tao” is a universal principle that permeates every action and every phenomenon. It is an abstract entity.


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