I like taoism because there is no god as such,its about the physical and mental understanding of nature and life through observation.I think its philosphys are brilliant,this one for example i find facinating:
“The Taoist sage has no ambitions, therefore he can never fail. He who never fails always succeeds. And he who always succeeds is all- powerful.”- lao tzu
And this one which i still dont fully understand but im fascinated by it:
“Those who dream of the banquet may weep the next morning, and those who dream of weeping may go out to hunt after dawn. When we dream we do not know that we are dreaming. In our dreams we may even interpret our dreams. Only after we are awake do we know that we have dreamed. But there comes a great awakening, and then we know that life is a great dream. But the stupid think they are awake all the time and believe they know it distinctly” chuang tzu
tao means “the way” “or the path”
Read the “tao te ching” at first it is difficult to understand but once you understand everything becomes clear.
The Chinese word ‘ Tao ‘ probably means light. So surely their spirituality could be a spirituality to try to become highly enlightened ones. So the rate that they become transfigured.
I am a Taoist. And for the most part, so are most people, they just don’t realize it.
People that don’t call it Taoism often call it “common sense”.
Edit – Sirius “Tao” means “Way”.
Taoism is called “The Way”.
I have read Taoist literature… I too find it fascinating and insightful.
It really helps you see why in America we are generally miserable ~ how our religion is just another manifestation of our materialism. See CJ’s answer (above) for an example of what I’m talking about. Though CJ is so ridiculous that he must be kidding – the scary thing is that’s very close to how many Americans think.
There is a certain romanticism attached to Spiritual Eastern teachings, that I really find interesting and beautiful.
I just wanted to say that truth (i.e. vÃ©ritÃ©) gave a great answer. I find this religion very interesting (as do I with most religions that do not seem to judge as much).
” Once upon a time, I, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man and a butterfly there is necessarily a distinction. The transition is called the transformation of material things. ”
Do we see reality as it is or as our minds interpret it ?
Only when we awaken from our judgemental state and perceive reality in it’s entirety do we realise that we were dreaming for most of our life.