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What is Taoism? im confused..?

Im reading this book called The tao of pooh. Im still confused on what taoism is..


  1. The Tao is a religious observation of spiritual truth. In other words it is a way of living. The Tao is the way. It is the natural flow of things in this world. The ten thousand things are the things in life that impact the Tao (way) in a negative way. The Tao of Pooh is a neat book. It outlines the concept of the “uncarverd block”. I have been a Christ follower for many years now but I still use a lot of Taoist concepts in my walk with Jesus. I was a wannabe Taoist before I met Christ. The uncarved block means we can be transformed into something useful. If you are already all carved out in your life then it is very difficult for you to grow into anything else. The value of a bowl lies in it’s emptiness. The story of Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood is an awesome way to explain the Tao.

  2. Okay, well, in terms of the book you referenced, “tao” means “the way,” such that it’s a fancy method of titling the book, “The Way of Pooh.” It has nothing to do with what Taoism actually is.
    Taoism is an approach to reality developed in China a few thousand years ago by a fellow named Lao Tzu. It’s kind of like a cross between a religion and an early form of metaphysics. It focuses on this idea of “the way,” or “path,” which is more or less the flow of the universe. Followers of Taoism dedicate their lives to harmonizing themselves with the way of the universe in order to find fulfillment. The Tao (pronounced /dow/) is most closely compared to water (i.e., it’s everywhere, it’s necessary for life, it’s incredibly powerful, yet impossible to grasp or destroy, etc). Taoist writings often take the form of anecdotes or poetry, which are typically allegorical and entertaining. If you’re interested, check out the “Tao de Ching,” or the “Chuang Tzu.”


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