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Differentiate confucianism, taoism and buddhism?

hey there 😀 can anyone tell me the difference of the three? and if possible, bulleted form so that i can understand it well.. i really wanna know the difference bet. them tnx. pls do help me ASAP


  1. confucianism- based on order (the five relationships 1. father to son2. ruler to subject 3. elder to younger brother 4.husband to wife 5. friend to friend) with emphasis on the first one. it was also very misogynistic
    taoism- based on unity with nature ‘the way’ living in harmony
    buddhism- believes that human desire is the source of all suffering. they eliminate desire and follow and ”8 fold path” which suggests reincarnation until a person has been spiritually fulfilled at which point they go to nirvana

  2. Buddhism says you should follow the middle path. This is wise because for example, if you eat so much but don’t excercise, you will get obese and die, if you excercise a whole lot but don’t eat you will die, so you should find a middle path
    Taoism is basically saying you should go with the flow and yield. An example is, if you are sick and need to go to work a wise Taoist would sleep in knowing that he would not be able to go to work, while a non Taoist might just take pills, go to work, and probably end up more sick.
    Confucias basically said if you kiss your elders’@ss, and go to school the world will be perfect.

  3. Well Confuscious was a philosopher who wrote about what it takes to have an orderly society. He was involved with family relationships and the relationship of man to the government. Even though Confuscious was a philosopher he was so highly regarded that temples were made in order for him to be worshipped.
    Buddhism is a religion which originated in Northern India. It contains certain beliefs regarding the nature of reality. The world that we live in is a world of illusion. There is much suffering in this world and what we have to look forward to is sickness, old age and death. These are worldly situations that we cannot avoid. Our purpose in life is to evolve to the point where we become totally awakened by the truth. We have to overcome the illusion that imprisons the unenlightened. We are born, live a life, die and are reborn and the process constantly repeats itself. Along the way we should be evolving. Our purpose in life is to get off of the wheel of life and death so that we no longer have to be born again and again and so we will have broken the cycle. We are expected to come to the realization of the oneness of the universe. When the Buddha had his great revelation he said, “I am everything.” When his friend Govinda overheard him he asked, “If you are everything then what am I.” The Buddha replied, “You are everything also, only you haven’t realized it yet.” Buddhism is most definitely a religion. The Buddha devised a path for his followers to achieve enlightenment which he referred to as, ‘The Middle Way.’
    Taoism is an understanding of the nature of all things. It evolved into a religion but the nature of Taoism is that organized religion is very foreign to the Tao. Tao means ‘The way’. Originally, Taoist philosophy came from a book called The Tao Te Ching or The Dao De Jing which means The Book of the Way. The author is called Lao Tzu (old man). It is said that Lao Tzu was a great man who was on his way to leave his city forever and to live the rest of his life in nature. When he reached the gate of the city the guard asked him where he was going and Lao told the guard his purpose. The guard pleaded with him that he should first write a book exfplaining his concepts of life and society so Lao Tzu wrote this book. In Toaism, the Tao is many things. It is a path. It is the way of the universe. It is the life force that moves the universe and sustains all of creation. Taoists believe that the interplay of opposites is the force that moves all of creation and also sustains it. They believe that the universe has a certain rythm and that in order to be a fullfilled human being we must be in harmony with that rythm. Change is inevitable and we must learn to move with the ever flowing changes in life. We should learn from nature. In nature, what is alive is flexible and what is dead is rigid. A twig that is alive will bend but when we try to bend a dead twig, it will break. The strongest thing in nature is also the softest and most yielding and that is water. In time water wears away mountains. When water is confronted with an obstacle it flows around it. You can pound water all you want to with a rock but you will not break it. The Tao Te Ching asks us to be like water. It says of the king that the person who is worthy to be king is the one who doesn’t want to be king. He is only taking the job because he knows that he is the most qualified person and the country needs him. The best government is that government which the people don’t even know exists. Taoism and Buddhism sometimes overlap and it happened that a simplified form of Buddhism combined withTaoism and was known as Ch’an. When Ch’an went to Japan it was called Zen.

  4. They all try to resolve human problems, teaches proper human conducts in this world and to self in their own ways.
    Confucianism tries to target the learning of Human to their society and how to be an upright citizen of the country and of this world. There are the five tenets of their main teachings:
    1.) Respect the Heaven- no particular God in question, but believe there is a / or some supreme beings.
    2.) Respect of Mother Earth- not necessary personified Earth as a female deity, but rather respect like the American Indians do with the Earth.
    3) Loyal to your Emperors/ Rulers- these days just the Government.
    4.) Honor your parents, and respect your seniors.
    5.) Honor your teachers.
    Taoism- free with human conceptions, free from world dictations, many mental practices lead to immortal status, must carry on many Charity works and learn to tune your body to be harmonious with the Universe.
    Buddhism- obtains true happiness; steps to learn to achieve the elimination of sufferings; followed by paths to eliminate suffering and obtain higher realization; develop Bodhicitta for perfection of practices and Enlightenment. Final result achieves eternal awareness.
    1.) Understand the basis of human desire- to avoid sufferings.
    2.) First understand what sufferings are. (4 Noble Truths- break down each component analysis so you understand.)
    3.) What is necessary way to eliminate sufferings? (8 Noble paths).
    4.) 4 Immeasurable.
    6.) Six paraparamitss (six ways of conducts lead to perfection.)
    7.) Generate Bodhicitta- develop loving kindness and empathetic compassion,)
    8.) 37 branches of Bodhisattvas- right ways to develop and maintain both Loving Kindness and Empathic compassion….etc.

  5. Confucianism – An ethical and philosophical system that focuses on social and political morality and behavior. Many consider Confucianism a religion and while it does have rituals and some peoples have incorporated native deities into their practices, at is core, Confucianism generally considered to be quasi-religious at best. There is very little in the way of ‘after life expectations’ in the teachings of Confucius.
    Taoism – In the west, there are two division of Taoism. philosophical Taoism and religious Taoism. Religious Taoism has the following principle beliefs:
    – Tao: The way or the ‘ten thousand things’ this refers to everything. The universe and all reality is the Tao and from the Tao all things come and return. It is not an entity but it is not, “Not an entity” either, it is what is it. The Tao is generally referred to in the West as, “The flow of the Universe.”
    – De: “moral character; virtue; morality” and is the core of philosophical Taoism. This is explained in the Tao de Ching. It has similarities to Confucianism and in fact Confucianism also uses the term De. However, there are differences as Confucianism is limited to human behavior and interaction while Taoism includes universal applications. This includes the ‘Three treasures”:
    * 1. Compassion/Benevolence
    * 2. Moderation/Restraint
    * 3. Non-seeking, meaning putting other before yourself.
    – Pu: “Uncut wood; un-carved block or simplicity” Pu represents pure potential and perception without prejudice meaning that one sees and understands everything while remaining unattached. This is not unlike the Buddhist ideal of remain unattached and is one of the reason why when Buddhism migrated to China, it integrated so well and how many Taoist ideas entered into Ch’en. (Zen, Seon)
    – Wu Wei: “without action” or “Natural action” and is the way in which one should align oneself with the Tao so that all actions are in total accord with the Tao (are natural) and thus are effortless. Such as swimming with the tide.
    – Taoism has a vast pantheon of deities ranging from the Jade Emperor, Guan Yu and Chun Kwan to the Eight Immortals.
    – Afterlife: This varies with the area in question. But generally speaking since each person is seen as a microcosm, a smaller version of the whole of the universe, when a person dies, they are reabsorbed into the universe and then, if they lived in accordance with the Tao, they will be with their ancestors.
    Buddhism: Buddhism has no intrinsic gods, but various schools have incorporated local deities into the religion. At the core, Buddhism teachings revolve around the four noble truths and the eightfold path:
    The Four Noble Truths:
    1 – There is suffering in life.
    2 – The origin of suffering is attachment.
    3 – There is a way to the cessation of suffering and it is attainable.
    4 – The path to the cessation of suffering is the Eightfold Path.
    The Eightfold Path:
    1 – Right view
    2 – Right intention
    3 – Right speech
    4 – Right action
    5 – Right livelihood
    6 – Right effort
    7 – Right mindfulness
    8 – Right concentration
    – After Life: Buddhist believe in rebirth. (NOT reincarnation.) the difference is that reincarnation is the direct rebirth of the self into a new body, Buddhism says there is not self and that what is reborn is NOT a cognitive returning self. It is likened to the flame of a candle. As humans, we see a flame and in out mind it is one thing, one flame. We believe that it dances, burns brighter or dimmer and if the right material is added, it burned different colors. But the truth is, a flame is just the visible portion of extremely hot gas. Each moment small molecules are burning and then extinguishing. The ‘flame’ is no a single thing, it is billions of chemical reactions dependent on the sum of the parts of the candle. When the candle is at it’s end, if you touch the flame with the wick of another candle, the flame ‘appears’ to jump from one candle to another. But it is NOT the same flame. It was influenced by the predecessor, but it is NOT the predecessor. Then again, the flame on the previous candle was not the same flame from moment to moment either. Substitute the ‘self’ for the flame and our human form for the candle and this is an example of rebirth.
    I hope this helps.


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