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What is the differance between Taoism and Zen?

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  1. Taoism is a Chinese folk religion. Zen (Chan) is a school of Buddhism that puts its focus on meditation. They migled quite a bit in China, but remain two distinct religious traditions with two distinct worldviews.

  2. Yes, Taoism is chinese and Zen is Japanese.
    Taoism is all about balance and if you go far enough to one extreme you will get to the opposite.
    Zen is a shcool of buddhism that focuses on “instant enlightement” as opposed to needing a lifetime of study. It follows the other basic tenets of buddhism such as rebirth, the 4 noble truths, the eighfold path, etc…
    go to wikipedia and type each in and you will get a good voerview.

  3. koresh419 is correct.
    Taoism (also spelled Daoism) is based on the teachings of the Tao Te Ching, a short tract written in the 6th century BC in China. Its emphasis on spiritual harmony within the individual complements Confucianism’s focus on social duty. These two great Chinese belief systems were founded at about the same time and continue to exist side-by-side in today’s China.
    There are two main strands and schools within Taoism, usually labeled “philosophical Taoism” (Tao-chia) and “religious Taoism” (Tao-chaio). Scholars now say the two are not as strongly distinguished as once thought, but the former generally focuses on the philosophical writings of Lao-Tzu, Chuang-Tzu and other early mystics while the latter emphasizes religious rituals aimed at attaining immortality.
    zen (also known as ch’an) is one of the buddhist traditions. The teachings of the Buddha have, to this day, been passed down from teacher to student. Around 475 A.D. one of these teachers, Bodhidharma, traveled from India to China and introduced the teachings of the Buddha there. In China Buddhism mingled with Taoism. The result of this mingling was the Ch’an School of Buddhism. Around 1200 A.D. Ch’an Buddhism spread from China to Japan where it is called (at least in translation) Zen Buddhism.

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