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What are the beliefs of taoism?

Last night, i was discussing religion with my step-father, and he brought up taoism. He told me the main things, like how it’s like all the good things from every other religion, but without the part where it scares you into doing what’s right by threatening you to hell. You just do the right things because it’s the better way to live. But I’m curious for more information about it, like exactly what a person should do. Thanks for the help.

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  1. Taoism is about Peace and Harmony in a way of Dao or Tao I forgot sorry.
    Maybe this will help.
    Taoist propriety and ethics emphasize the Three Jewels of the Tao: compassion, moderation, and humility. Taoist thought generally focuses on nature, men-cosmos correspondence (天人相应), health, longevity, wu wei (action through inaction), liberty, and spontaneity.

  2. Make sure you research the philosophy of Taoism (Lao-tzu and Mencius) and not the religion of Taoism (polytheistic-shamanistic mishmash). They are two very different things.

  3. In short, Taoism is a way of life which tries to accommodate the tendencies of nature, but it is not restricted to this alone. This approach is not a pure return to Mother Nature, so familiar to the today New Age ideology. Rather it is a life philosophy and wisdom acquired by simply observing the flow of natural events.
    Read more here : http://www.taopage.org/taoism.html

  4. the principals are compassion, moderation, and humility. It’s about being into nature, too. There are a bunch of websites on this, just google it.

  5. It favors non-action over action and contains respect for Nature, or “The Tao”, translated as something like “the way of the universe”.
    The main figure is Lao Tze, semi mythical teacher and writer of its main book, The Way and its Power, or Tao te Ching. (Skinny old guy with staff, pointed hat and long grey beard)
    Its icon is the Yin Yang, thought to represent the relativity of opposites such as negative and positive, male and female etc.
    “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. “(best known line of Tao te Ching), seems to point out that all knowledge leaves out part of the entire picture – every picture leaves out something.
    You can get a copy of The Tao te Ching in English, it’s short and very good reading.

  6. Go to the source: Read the Tao Te Ching.
    I’ll add a recommendation to start with Stephen Mitchell’s translation/paraphrase of the Tao Te Ching. It’s not a “literal” translation, but it is a respected rendering of the text into poetic, flowing English that you may find an accessible introduction to that text.
    Once you have familiarized yourself with the Tao Te Ching through Mitchell’s translation, go on to compare other translations. I know the Feng/English translation is highly regarded as a more “scholarly” translation; reading around on the web will give you many opinions about the other translations out there.

  7. Plain English version – Taoism is more of a philosophy than religion. Its purpose is to make you aware of Nature, the Universe, and how you relate to it. The beauty of Taoism is that it is up to you to develop your own way which means you can draw from any source – Confucius, Jesus, Muhammad,
    Take a little of this, a little of that and adopt it into your life. No restriction, traditions, dogmas, just pure wisdom and enlightenment draw from your own life experiences.

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