Taoism by Collin Fields

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Taoism by Collin Fields


Taoism/Daoism, is the philosophy advocating a life of complete simplicity and naturalness and of noninterference with the course of natural events in order to attain a happy existence in harmony with the Tao (the god).

The god of Taoism is called Tao. He created the three purities of Taoism. The first one is Yùqīng: The Jade Pure One. He is seen as "the source of all truth, as the sun is the source of all light". The second one Shàngqīng: The Supreme Pure One. He is also said to be responsible for classifying the elements into their rightful groups and setting how things are "meant to be," when all is in balance. The final one is Tàiqīng: The Great Pure One. He is an educator who brings civilization, awareness of the ethics of behaviour and who preaches the Laws Of Nature (how things are "meant” to be) to all living beings.

Laotzu is the founder of this religion. It was formed in 550 B.C.E and was made as an organized religion in 140 C.E. The late Eastern Han Dynasty (25 C.E.- 220 C.E.) was the first to establish Taoism. Northern and Southern Dynasties (386 C.E.- 589 C.E.) saw it become the legitimacy religion like Buddhism in China, because it was supported by some emperors for political reasons. This religion welcomed its silver age from Tang Dynasty (618 C.E.- 907 C.E.) to Northern Song Dynasty (960 C.E.- 1127 C.E.). The holy book is Tao Te Ching which states the stories and philosphy of Taoism.

Taoism Practices

History of Taoism

Purities of Taoism

There are many ways to practice Taoism. All of them with health, vitality and living in accordance with nature. One of the pratices is T'ai Chi, a popular Taoist martial art that combines the principles of yin and yang into a sequence of slow, flowing movements designed to stimulate and harmonize chi -- or life energy -- for health, vitality and self-defense. Another practice is meditation. The simplest form, and the most similar to the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, is the inner alchemical meditation. The goal of this meditation is to calm and empty the mind and circulate chi. Meditation can incorporate mantras, such as repeating the word "om," or focusing on an object or a sound, or simply focusing on the breath.



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