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Central beliefs of Taoism?

What are the central beliefs of Taoism?


  1. I think it’s the Supreme Ultimate reality being manifest as the duality of Yin and Yang forces. Taoist respect Nature and natural laws. They don’t go against it but rather try to be in accord with it. Taoists also believe in the nurturing of the body’s internal energy called chi. This nurturing is alleged to reach a point where a spiritual embryo is formed, which then becomes the vehicle of the consciousness as it enters another realm in the afterlife.

  2. It is a religion/ philosophy of life. It was founded by Lao Tzu and the main book is the Tao Te Ching.
    The main idea is to become completely in harmony with nature and act spontaneously. This idea is called Wu-Wei (or no-thing). By having an unformed mind you are free of any preconceptions thus can see and react naturally.
    This in turn develops Te (or virtue). This is a sincere virtue to do good, without fear of punishment or desire for reward.
    (edit) Here is a link to a taoist site.
    Here is an online copy of the Tao Te Ching (yes it is only 81 pages)
    Also i do recommend ‘The Tao of Pooh’ by Benjamin Hoff, as a good beginners guide to Taoism.


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