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What is the difference between Taoism and Buddhism? ?

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  1. Well, Buddhism started in India, and Taoism started in China. Buddhism was an outgrowth of Hinduism and took many of those beliefs as its starting points, where Taoism pretty much evolved out of ancient Chinese shamanism.
    Taoism focuses on learning simplicity by following the examples of nature. Buddhism focuses on stilling the mind and letting go of egotism.
    One good book for each, to give you some idea of where they each stand:
    For Taoism, the Tao Te Ching
    For Buddhism, the Dhammapadda
    More here:
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/taoism.htm
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism.htm

  2. 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.”
    Falun Gong is a unique school, combining the Daoist and Buddhist practice. Falun Gong was found in 1992 by Master Li Hongzhi in China. About 100 million followers like the practice in over 80 countries worldwide. Falun Gong is an ancient practice for the body, mind, and spirit based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises.
    Falun Gong, Tibetans, other Buddhists, and Daoists 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, please ?
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  3. “Who wants to know” is wrong in both cases. The only thing is correct is that one evolved in India and the other comes from China.
    Buddhism may come out of India, but it has a complete different twist than Brahmanism- the Original Indian Religions, which are consisted of many different deities worshiping and many different sects. (they are what we call the true Shamanism or spiritualism), and later some scholars try to organized them into a more centralize theme religion with one Main Deity and then later turn into Three Deities that form the Triad, similar to Christianity.
    This religion was disband after the invasions of Mongols and Muslims in 713 AD, and became the provisional practices; with each region practice their own things and Deities.
    The India later felled into British hands, and became its colony since 1502. The religion was revived as Hinduism (Hindu is a Persian word for non-Muslims), following the rise of Nationalism in India, and during the Gandhi’s peaceful revolution against Great Britain ending 397 years of British ruled.
    Now that we have the history straightened, so the Hindus and Brahmins’ believe in Creators theory, and Buddhism don’t believe there is a Creator at all, how can Buddhism comes from Brahmanism?
    There are theories such as Reincarnation and Karma are similar, (Buddhism has more concise and detail definitions and theories than Hinduism) – but that is the truth of the Universe, so it does not means it is come from one place or the other.
    Now we can talk about Taoism: In the real High “Tao” believes, there is no spiritual beings, but rather explain the “Tao or Dao” being the Path of the Universe, being the Universe, being the non-entity Universal force; and the ancient Chinese discovered, if you flow with the Universal force, then you can be oneness with the force; therefore as you died physically your essence became oneness with the Universe, the ultimate objective of flow with the Tao.
    At later stages, it was influenced by Buddhism and other local Chinese God based system, and believes when humans’ practices they can become the immortals, hence the more elaborate spiritual hierarchy and stories, which is later term as Taoism or Low Tao.

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