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cory

I was wondering if it is possible for one to become both taoist and buddist(Tao-Buddhism) or does it have to be one or the other. because i live by principles of “tao” and zen buddhism(Shaolin) i practice philosophies of both i’m also going to be learning tenzai and mikkyo buddhism(goma fire ritual) soon.

roscoe
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roscoe

There are two schools of thought on toaism (daoism), there are those who incorporate its principles into their (already established) lifestyle as a sort of philosophy. There are also those who believe in Taoist dietys. Taoism is more or a way of life than it is a religion though, and you do not have to believe in Taoist diestys to be a Taoist.

Claudia Lopez
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can you be taoist if you are catholic, but havn’t been babtised yet?

LearningGuy
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LearningGuy

Probably move to China and learn under a wise sage. Practice meditation, and go to Taoist temples to burn incense to the Jade Emperor and other Taoist dieties.

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vertically challenged

You can attempt to understand the Tao, though, as has been said, it cannot be taught, by reading The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. This book of 82 Chapters gives us insights into the essence of The Way. The Tao. The Tao doesn’t ask for anything. If you like to go to a church, you can still be a muslim or a christian or jew and by absorbing the basic feeling of the Tao, you may find a new way of living. Most Westerners have a tough time with eastern thought. It asks us impossible questions and has no… Read more »

AJ F
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AJ F

there are many taoists who are also members of other religions. Taoism is more a philosophy than a religion except that because many asian cultures don’t exactly have the idea of “philosophy” its not quite a philosophy. I would start by looking to see if there’s any such information in teh publishing information in a copy of the Tao Te Ching. You might also search for taoism, taoists, etc. on teh internet and i’m sure you’ll come across soemthing. I’m not sure that taoism is actually an “organized” religion though–its more of a mindset.

Memnoch
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Memnoch

Like any religion, to truly belong to a faith you have to find that faith yourself. However, there are some good books out there to help teach one the principles of Taoism. Scripture, from what I have read, does not seem to be the basis of Taoism though, and the best way to learn is from a Taoist.

ihateacaf
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ihateacaf

hows it doing pretty girl.

triviatm
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triviatm

You are if you feel you are. Learn what you can about it and incorporate its principles into your life and you will be taoist.

ിജോ
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ിജോ

The Way cannot be taught.