Taoism...

United States
October 27, 2006 11:45pm CST
Is it a religion or a philosophy? Do you know? What do you think Taoism is?
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@evansrn9 (73)
• United States
31 Oct 06
Its one of the 12 world religions. Taoism appears to be more of a religion than Confucianism. There really isn't a divinity in Taoism more of a unifying force or principle. I have a favorite Taoist story: A farmer had a horse. The horse broke out of his pen and ran away. The farmer's neighbor came to him and told him how bad it was his horse escaped. The farmer replied, "Who know what is good or bad?" The next day the horse returned bringing several other horses with it. The neighbor returned to congratulate the farmer on his good luck. The farmer replied, "Who can know what is good or bad?" The next day the farmer's son broke his leg trying to ride one of the new horses. The neighbor once again offered sympathy for the unfortunate event. The farmer replied, "Who can know what is good or bad?" The next day men came from the army looking for conscripts. The farmers son could not be conscripted because he had a broken lege. The moral of the story is, "Who knows what is good or bad?"
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• United States
3 Nov 06
Straight from the Tao Te Ching! (sorta)... actually, you are correct and incorrect. In ancient China, Taoism we briefly a religion... it is no longer considered a religion in any part of the word except China, and even there, not so much anymore, but more a spirtual philosophy. I general, most Taoists, but not all, do not believe in a divine or supreme being, but more of a universal force (quatum physics) that connects everything at a very basic level of energy flow. There are many practicing Taoists who also are Christians - because Taoism is not a religion, it does not preclude a diety, it just doesn't state one, because there is no 'worship' in Taosism. I really appreciate your comment and the story - one of the favorites of mine!
• United States
8 Mar 08
There are actually more than 40 organized religions, which is not even counting the cults and sects that are not considered main stream. http://www.religioustolerance.org/var_rel.htm
• United States
9 Mar 08
I think Taoism is a Chinese philosophical and reliogious concept. It is complex and involves, moderatin, compassion and humility. What do you think?
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• United States
9 Mar 08
oops, another typo it involves moderation, compassion and humility
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@pandaren (30)
• China
27 Apr 07
"The tao that can be told is not the eternal tao" said in tao te ching. A book to hard to understand.
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• United States
27 Apr 07
Actually, you aren't supposed to understand it. You are supposed to read it, and then feel what it means to you. Thank you so much for your answer.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Taoism is a spiritual philosophy regarding life.
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• United States
27 Apr 07
Pretty much what I think too!
@lilycool (135)
• United States
2 Nov 06
wise men in China - Confucius, Buddha and Laozi
Today I found a photocopy of an old drawing that has pictures of 3 most important philosophers in China: Confucius, Buddha and Laozi
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• United States
3 Nov 06
very cool!
• Indonesia
31 Oct 06
I think that is philosophy.
• United States
3 Nov 06
So do I! Thanks.
@lilycool (135)
• United States
31 Oct 06
According to what I heard from my grandpa many moons ago, Taoism is a philosophy of living a simple life - the less attachements you have with materialism, the more freedom you get from life -
• United States
3 Nov 06
That's close... it's more about learning that everything is interconnected and what you do affects everything else, plus there is no good or bad - everything just is and it's how people take things that make it good or bad... (see the post below for the farmer's story that is a big taoism story)... Money is but an illusion - we think we want money, but we don't. What we really want is what money can buy us - but not the things - it's more the way things make us feel. We want happiness, peace, security, fun - but we mistakenly believe it is money that will give us these things. If we allow the universe to bring things to us, money is not all that necessary... and when we focus solely on the material things in life, we lose the potential to have the universe bring to us that which can make us feel whole and happy - without it being all about money... I'm babbling now.! Thanks for your comment!
@ilunice (947)
• Netherlands
2 Jan 07
Taoism is both a religion and philosophy. It orriginated from china based on the teachings of Lao tzu in 6BC. check this link for more information www.answers.com/taoism
@sixclix (677)
• Philippines
12 Dec 08
Tao is both a religion and a philosophy. Taoists, like Christians, also have different groups. Some stick to the philosophy of it, which is basically how to live life correctly by being one with the universe, and some attach divinity to it. In fact, some Catholic beliefs like purgatory, was, as some historians claim, influenced by mystic Taoist beliefs. Taoism as a religion, advocate belief in gods and spirits as well as heaven and hell.
• Philippines
11 Jun 08
its more of a philiosophy....as you can see its hard to be a religion,as the founder lao tzu,seclude himself always....followers just come to him mostly for the visit, when he's already enlighten he left the master...as the saying goes..."when the fisherman caught the fish,he goes home,and leave the net"...... added to this our concept of religion are vague in constrast eastern way of thinking,in the same way like myself i'm a christian but i accept the concept of taoism, because not of its mysticism but how i view life itself,plain and simple.....too much hoarding to something your end up confuse in your path...must go with the flow and be un attached,so you can see better with no side tracks..these where few of what i had learned from it.
@flowerchilde (12520)
• United States
11 Mar 08
Though my knowledge of it is likely linmited, I think of it as a very peaceful and wise philosophy, but I guess I disagree with its tenet that there is no good or bad.. I'm a bit of a mystic but also very practical and down to earth and to me, if someone comes towards me with a knife (for instance) I know that's bad.. genocide is bad, lying, cheating, and many other things.. so that part I can't say I agree with, but it has some very wise thoughts of not being attached overly to our own life and especially to circumstances and seeing all as one and all things influencing all other things..
• United States
8 Mar 08
The Tao is the way. It is all and nothing, it is that which cannot be named since it is ever changing... as we all are. It can be described as a religious belief, it can be called a philosophy. Are not most religions philosophies? Does being a religion imply there must be a belief in a superior being? If that is the case there are several "religions" that are not religions. (I cite wican and pagan for two examples.) The Tao is a guide to self realization, it is a path you can take to a place of peace that already exists within you. Christianity is a path you can take, unless you are gay, divorced, etc etc.. but even when you are those things, some sects of Christians will still let in... one does not have to join the Tao, one attempts to follow the teachings of the Tao and thereby seeks and finds the path.