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Main differences and similarites between Confucianism and Taoism?

I’m doing a huge China research project in 6th grade… and yah I know a lot about the topic but i need to fill in some more space haha… So if anyone can help thx a lot =D


  1. Confucianism (Chinese: 儒家; pinyin: Rújiā) is an ancient Chinese ethical and philosophical system originally developed from the teachings of the early Chinese philosopher Confucius. It focuses on human morality and good deeds. Confucianism is a complex system of moral, social, political, philosophical, and quasi-religious thought that has had tremendous influence on the culture and history of East Asia. Some consider it to be the state religion of East Asian countries because of governmental promotion of Confucian values. One moral is to do good deeds.
    The cultures most strongly influenced by Confucianism include those of China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam, as well as various territories settled predominantly by Chinese people.
    There are about 5-6 million religious adherents to Confucianism worldwide.[1][2][3][4]
    Taoism (or Daoism) refers to a variety of related Chinese philosophical and religious traditions and concepts. These traditions have influenced East Asia for over two thousand years and some have spread internationally.[1] Taoist propriety and ethics emphasize the Three Jewels of the Tao: compassion, moderation, and humility. Taoist thought focuses on wu wei (“non-action”), spontaneity, humanism, and emptiness. An emphasis is placed on the link between people and nature. Taoism teaches that this link lessens the need for rules and order, and leads one to a better understanding of the world.
    The Chinese character Tao 道 (or Dao, depending on the romanisation scheme) means “path” or “way”, but in Chinese religion and philosophy it has taken on more abstract meanings. Tao is rarely an object of worship, being treated more like the Indian concepts of atman and dharma.[2] The word “Taoism” is used to translate different Chinese terms. Daojiao/Taochiao (道教 “teachings/religion of the Dao”) refers to Daoism as a religion. Daojia/Taochia (道家 “school of the Dao”) refers to the studies of scholars, or “philosophical” Taoism. However, most scholars have abandoned the dichotomy of “religious” and “philosophical” Taoism.[3]
    Most traditional Chinese Taoists are polytheistic. Nature and ancestor spirits are also common in popular Taoism. Organized Taoism distinguishes its ritual activity from that of the folk religion, which some professional Taoists (Daoshi) view as debased. This sort of shamanism is eschewed for an emphasis on internal alchemy among the “elite” Taoists.
    Chinese alchemy, astrology, cuisine, several Chinese martial arts, Chinese traditional medicine, fengshui, and many styles of qigong breath training disciplines are intertwined with Taoism throughout history.
    good luck

  2. As Lao Tzu told Confucius you are like a child with your foolish notions of duties and rituals. Taoism at least original Tao Te Ching understanding was to stop trying to learn lots of silly rituals and just return to nature and be natural and not over assuming. Confucianism on the other hand was a lot like some modern beliefs in that he thought mankind is basically lazy and without morals. Accordingly mankind had to dedicate almost all time to ritual practice of control and moral action to ward off the basic impulse to disaster.

  3. You can find out in the section, “The Law Wheel Design”, in the Zhuan Falun available book on the web. You can also read about Buddhism and Falun Gong elsewhere in the book.
    Good luck with your project and happy reading.


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