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Could someone briefly explain what Taoism and Buddhism are about?

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  1. Taoism, the ying ying.
    Buddhism, I can – Buddhism deals with reality. It is said that it is Atheist but that is a failure in understanding as Atheism believes in no diety where as Buddhism doesn’t believe, to begin with.
    If you asked Buddha if there was a god, he wouldn’t answer and likewise, if there were no God – again, no answer. The point is the Buddhism is the middle path.
    Think of life as a circle, a never ending cycle of infinity. Around and around, life, death, life, death, rebirth/reincarnation. The goal of Buddhism is to become aware of that cycle and to break that cycle of rebirth and death. Buddhism teaches that life is suffering. Desire is a root cause to all problems. While love is a good thing, desire FOR love is a bad thing, etc.
    Basically, Buddhist do not cling to anything, hence why they are often thought of as having nothing.
    Buddhist focus strongly on self awareness and the mind, itself. Meditation is a giant part of Buddhism – it allows one to clear their mind and truly awaken to what reality is. Some people may see a rock, others may see its colour, texture, and components that make up that rock. Buddhist see everything for what it is. As well, the world is an illusion. Thats a brief summary but there is so much more

  2. Taoism: worshiping ancestor / heroes of the countries / great emperors – heaven is ruled by heavenly court ( King of all gods – god of all kings) / hell for sinners as always… Good people, who must also respect the elders, will be blessed and end up in heaven.
    Buddhism: same concepts except Nirvana is ultimate place for all people. Abandon all desires so you can live in harmony with everything and can leave this world in peace. Karma or sin must be paid before entering Nirvana or Heaven. The ones died with sin will be reincarnated to next life to redeem their sin…

  3. Both Buddhism and Taoism are eastern philosophical religions. Meaning that they can be examined and studies from both a philosophical and a religious perspective.
    Taoism, from a philosophical perspective encompasses many aspects of life and living and places a great deal of emphases on the link between humanity and nature. The word Tao mean “The way” or ‘The Path” and refers to a way of life. Taoism concerns itself with ethics philosophical thoughts on non-action (wu wei), humanism, spontaneity and emptiness. The ethics of Taoism are based on compassion, moderation, and humility.
    Religious Taoism is a polytheistic religion that has a number of gods and goddesses and includes spirits of Nature and ancestors popular in many of not most other traditional Chinese religions and is akin to many eastern shamanistic religions with a emphasis on internal alchemy culminating on belief in the ability to become immortal.
    Buddhism on the other hand is a philosophical religion without gods or goddesses and focuses on the achievement of enlightenment and the ending of all suffering through directly experiencing reality.
    Philosophical Buddhism is a focus on the Buddhist texts called Sutra and the teachings of various Buddhist teachers of the centuries. Buddhism emphasizes moderation, compassion & humility. (Sounds not unlike Taoism huh?)
    Buddhist philosophy emphasizes the Four Noble Truths (1 – There is suffering; 2 – Suffering has a cause; 3 – There is a way to end suffering; 4 – The way to end suffering is the Noble Eightfold Path.) and the Noble Eightfold Path as a means to perceive, experience and thus live reality as opposed to the false reality created by unenlightened minds.
    From a religious perspective, Buddhism adheres to a devotion to the teachings of the Buddha and takes refuge in what is known as the Three Jewels, The Three Jewels are: The Buddha – The enlightened one and all Buddha’s; The Dharma – The teachings as expounded by the Buddha as well as the ultimate and sustaining Reality which is insuperable from the Buddha; The Sangha – the congregation of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arhats and monastic monks and nuns and to a lesser extent all practitioners of Buddhism.
    The interesting thing to note is that Ch’an, Chinese Zen, and therefore all forms of Zen have incorporated many of the philosophical Taoist ideals into their teachings due to the fact that they are so similar in concept.
    I hope this helps.

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