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What are the basic beliefs of Taoism and Buddhism and what are the differences between the two religions?

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  1. Buddhism is a path of restriction. One must repress many emotions & desires – essentially focus the mind upon “buddhahood”. Therefore it brings in doctrines such as Karma so that one finds right action and some form of harmony. It leads to a good content life, in the right circumstances and cannot be knocked as a path for those that wish to follow that in themselves.
    Taoism is neither the path of repression nor indulgence. It is to find the centre in the midst of circumstances and to be able to function with total unity in any situation. This means that it goes beyond the concept of Karma and right action but eventually can lead to similar results but without having to trick or repress the mind at any stage.
    So I suppose my point of view is that Taoism focuses upon its practices and everything else falls into line through harmonious discipline. A good example of this is a personal one, I used to enjoy Alchohol & various intoxicants – upon starting my practices I did not repress any of these needs and indeed went right into them with awareness as I could see how they affected me, pulled me & made me take certain actions. All I ever did was watch what happened & focused on practice. One day I had a weird experience with alchohol where I watched my body get pissed, I experienced the feelings of shit toxicity flowing through my body and the pleasurable sensations all together and could clearly see that the costs were greater than the benefits. Yet I still tried again a few times (habit patterns & pleasure seeking) until my body actually began to physically reject the intoxication. It does not even come down to mind now, it is a far deeper knowing that I alchohol is no longer required in my life. Like the instinctual knowing that fire burns.
    Buddhism would just drum into you “alchohol is bad” etc. and you may manage to repress the desire for it. This is great but purely an act of mind control and thus repression. So if I was a Buddhist I would currently have the same result but if I ceased to be a Buddhist or someone pushed the correct buttons I could find myself again with bottle in hand.
    Taosim seeks to go beyond the mind and find the state of no-mind. Where the act of experiencing ceases. This cannot be found by someone using the mind to seek it out.
    So what I am saying is both are great paths and attainment is possible through either. Buddhism in the right circumstance can be a tranquil, trouble free path. And Taoism can create some of the most turbulent & frightening experiences of your life as it brings up all elements of the psyche for you to experience fully and then watch them go into abeyance once their power has worn itself out – as you observe the phenomena & provide no new momentum from being directly involved in it…

  2. Daoist teaching can be found in Dao Te Ching and Daoist Canon. In order to comprehend the ancient scriptures, you’ll need to be an excellent Chinese scholar in Chinese literature. Or you’ll need to find a high level Daoist master, who is difficult to come by.
    There is an alternative, you learn about the Taoist belief from the online lecture:
    http://www.falundafa.org/book/eng/pdf/zfl_new.pdf.
    An excerpt from the Zhuan Falun Lecture about the difference:
    “Daoists cultivate True, Good, Endure with an emphasis on being True. That’s why Daoists strive to, “cultivate truth and nourish inborn nature, say true words, do true things, be a truthful person, return to your original, true self, and ultimately cultivate into a True Person.” But they also have Endure, and they also have Good, it’s just that the emphasis is on cultivating the True part. Buddhists emphasize the Good of True, Good, Endure, in their cultivation. Cultivation of Good can develop a heart of great compassion, and once this heart of great compassion comes out you can see that all sentient beings are suffering, so you’ll be filled with one wish: to save all sentient beings. But they also have True, and they also have Endure, it’s just that the emphasis is on cultivating Good. Our Falun Dafa discipline, the Law Wheel Great Way, goes by the highest standard of the universe, to be True, Good, and Endure, and we cultivate these all together. So what we cultivate is huge.”
    Not relating to Buddhism nor Daoism, Falun Gong is a unique Buddha School, combining the Daoist and Buddhist practice. consisting of five sets of powerful exercises.
    Falun Gong, Tibetans, other Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China.
    Can you kindly sign a petition to stop persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China ahead of the Beijing Olympics, please ?
    http://cipfg.org/en/news/731.html
    Thanks.

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