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Enlightenment from The Tao Te Ching - Enlightenment from The Tao Te Ching The Tao Te Ching can be helpful to all, and the reading of it may be enlightening. Reading the Tao can give much insight on the challenges and dangers that humans must face in this world, how a person should live his life, the dangers of a powerful ruler, how the state should rule, how citizens should serve the state, and the messages or forewarnings for us today. Mankind has the tendency to be self-conscious, greedy, and materialistic, and human history shows this to be the case in all societies....   [tags: Tao Te Ching Essays] 695 words
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The Tao-te Ching by Lao-Tzu and The Prince by Machiavelli - “The Tao-te Ching” by Lao-Tzu and “The Prince” by Machiavelli Throughout history, it can be argued that at the core of the majority of successful societies has stood an effective allocation of leadership. Accordingly, in their respective works “The Tao-te Ching” and “The Prince”, Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli have sought to reach a more complete understanding of this relationship. The theme of political leaders and their intricate relationship with society indeed manifests itself within both texts, however, both Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli approach this issue from almost entirely opposite positions....   [tags: Tao-te Ching Lao-Tzu The Prince Machiavelli]
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The Mediation of The Concept of Balance in the Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu - The mediation of the concept of balance in the Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu; ‘The way’ is cluttered with constant imagery of contradictory views which are both compelling and insightful, through which we are taken on a journey, our final destination being the true meaning of life. In a world where we are all yearning for the meaning for life, true harmony and real balance it is no surprise that the Tao Te Ching is a very haunting piece of literature that holds the reader in an almost trans like state of mind as it attempts to portray the way to accomplish the above....   [tags: eternal tao, china, religion]
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Reflections on The Tao Te Ching - Reflections on The Tao Te Ching When the early Christians had to keep their faith against the persecutions of the Roman Empire, they had -- obviously -- a visible enemy. Once their religion was legalized and established, however, they had new questions to ask concerning who they were, what could hurt their souls and their way of life. Some of them, at least, concluded that the materialism of the dominant Roman way of life was a non-agressive, but equally corrosive force that would destroy them -- not physically, but spiritually....   [tags: Ancient World Culture] 2172 words
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Lao Tzu and the Purpose of Tao Te Ching - ... The poetry also uses simple and easily understandable words, because in this way, all human beings could read it, understand it, and spread it to more people. Lao Tzu is writing to teach people how to behave and act well, so the simple the language it is, the more the likely it will become universal. In addition, the rhetorical style of the poetry uses intentional contradictions, which the contents are fully structured, highly ideological, and contains a lot of parallelism duality. For example, “the Master doesn’t try to be powerful; thus he is truly powerful....   [tags: philosophy, compassion, dao] 579 words
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Ideas of Rulers in "Tao-te Ching" and "The Prince" - When comparing Tao-te Ching to The Prince there are numerous differences. The authors of these two documents had almost completely opposite ideas of how a ruler should behave and how a government should be run. One believed that the ruler could accomplish the most by doing the least; the other believed that by controlling how the public perceived a ruler was what would make him a success or a failure. Machiavelli believed that to rule the prince must do things that would win approval with his people, and that the prince must always keep and maintain arms to remain in power....   [tags: Literary Comparison] 508 words
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Thoughts From the Tao-te Ching by Lao-Tzu - Thoughts From the Tao-te Ching by Lao-Tzu It was quoted in the "Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching" by Lao-Tzu, a notable writer who speaks much upon power and domination that, "there is no greater illusion than fear,/ no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,/ no greater misfortune than having an enemy" (26). This is an ingenious concept, yet we all face fear everyday, for many of us, it affects our way of life and the way we think and do things. What is fear triggered by anyways....   [tags: Papers] 939 words
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Leadership in Thoughts from the Tao-te-Ching and The Qualities of a Prince - Leadership in Thoughts from the Tao-te-Ching and The Qualities of a Prince Lao-Tzu’s “Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching” and Machiavelli’s “The Qualities of a Prince” both have the ultimate goal of making better leaders. The tactics that each writer chooses to present as a guide for the leader are almost opposite of each other. Today’s American government would benefit from a combination of the two extreme ideas. Lao-Tzu’s laissez-faire attitude towards the economy, as well as his small scale, home defense military is appealing to a liberal person....   [tags: Lao-Tzu Machiavelli Literature Leadership Essays] 626 words
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History of Taoism's Philosophy - Taoism is believed to have been founded by Lao Tzu, or Laozi, between the 5th and 3th century BCE (“Leading figures in Taoism”). It is difficult to narrow down an exact time frame on when these philosophies began originating because the original texts began appearing as early as 550 BCE. He is the first person who is said to have compiled these texts into a book called the Tao Te Ching in the late 4th or early 3rd century BCE ("Key books in Taoism"). This philosophy did not become a religion until 142 CE....   [tags: wu wei, tao te ching, lao tzu]
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Taoism: An Analysis of the Tao - Taoism: An Analysis of the Tao      There is no single definition of Taoism in the Tao de Ching. The reader realizes that she will not find one in the text after seeing the first sentence. By saying that whatever can be described of the Tao is not the true Tao, its author, Lao-tzu, establishes his first premise: the Tao is a force beyond human explanation. However this assumption does not mean that he can't attempt to describe it. Using the literary tools of contradiction, parallel structure, and metaphor, Lao-tzu discusses the Tao in language regular people can understand....   [tags: essays research papers] 1322 words
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the Tao Of Pooh Book Review - THE TAO OF POOH Philosophy is a complicated subject. Since the beginning of human existence, many tried to come up with theories about life, happiness, reality and knowledge. From philosophical ideas different beliefs sprung, and existence of different religions followed. Every theory raised by a philosopher attracted different followers. In today's modern society aside from major religions, there are thousands of others that suggest that their explanations to universal questions are the only accurate ones, and all of these religions seek to gain more followers to join their "way"....   [tags: essays research papers] 2327 words
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Behaviors Expected Of Tourists Who Come From A Culture With Tao Influence - Taoism first originated in China around 500 B.C. and the ideas that were proposed by some of those early thinkers still have a strong influence and impact, on humanity and contribute significantly to our thinking even today (Kohn, L. 2001, p11). Taoism has undergone many adaptations as history changed, but it is still fundamentally unchanged, and some of the physical traits exhibited by followers today are very similar to ones their ancestors showed (Lee, R. 1999, p45). The focus of this paper is primarily on the physical attributes and differences displayed by Taoism devotees who are tourists in Australia, and how tourism operators can allow and cater for their needs....   [tags: Religion Philosophy Taoism] 1097 words
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Taoism Religion - A perplexing aspect of Taoism is its very definition. Taoism starts by teaching a truth; “The Tao” is indefinable( To impart the meaning of the Tao is as unfeasible as attempting to tell a story verbally to a deaf person. Although indefinable, the Tao is often referred to as “The Way.” Taoism is more than merely a “philosophy” or a “religion”. Taoists believe the Tao is nonverbal in its essence, and is beyond the boundaries of language. Tao Te Ching was "a philosophical document as much about good government as it was [....   [tags: The Tao, Religion, Truth]
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Taoism in Chinese Culture - Taoism in Chinese Culture Taoism, known as “The Way,” can be categorized as both a Chinese philosophy and a religion. Taoists believe in accepting and yielding to the ways of life, complementing nature and being by internalizing their goals rather than worshipping a god externally. Taoism, in its metaphysical and philosophical nature, is much like Confucianism, but the ideal interests of the two religions are contrasting. Confucianism was formulated during a time of war and relies heavily upon a moral and political system that fashioned society and the Chinese empire, while Taoism correlates to a time of peace and honors spiritual and metaphysical preoccupation (Taoism 2)....   [tags: Taoism Chinese Culture Tao]
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Taoism - Throughout history, Taoism has been one of the most influential religions of Eastern culture. This is certainly one of the most unique of all religions. Many Taoists, in fact, do not even consider it a religion; and in many ways it is not. Taoists make no claim that the Tao exists. That is what essentially separates Taoism from the rest of the world religions: there is no heated debate or battle over Taoist doctrine; there have been no crusades to spread the religion. The very essence of Taoism is quite the opposite....   [tags: Religion Tao] 1819 words
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Tao of Pooh - In the Tao of Pooh the author, Benjamin Hoff, uses the from world-famous children's book/TV show character, Winnie the Pooh in order to explain the basics of Taoism. He observed many of the other various characters before coming to the conclusion that Winnie the Pooh, through his actions, was the character that he felt would be able to best explain the principles of Taoism. One of the most important principles of Taoism is "the Uncarved Block". The main principle behind the Uncarved Block is that things in their original state contain their own natural power, a power that is easily corrupted and lost when simplicity is changed....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1107 words
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Daoism: A Journey - By traditional accounts, Daoism, or Taoism as it is also known, was founded during the sixth century BCE in China under the influence of the legendary philosopher Lao Tzu and the Tao Teh Ching (Coogan 222), but, as with every religion, this origin has been questioned (Jurji 24). The validity of Lao Tzu has been brought into question, and many believe the Tao Teh Ching is actually the work of several authors in one compilation of ideas thought well before the sixth century or even fourth century, BCE (Coogan 222)....   [tags: Religion, Taoism, China] 1166 words
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Ching Li Falls Asleep - ... There are 700 roses of all sizes and colors in her wall. As she tossed and turned to the other side, she saw a wall full of shelves, filled with all kinds of dolls neatly placed arranged in order of size. She would look at each doll one by one and observe every intricate detail from head to toe. Each doll had a special meaning. Some were given at her birthday, and some on Christmas. Ching Li is crying and wondering why is this happening to her now, as she is so close to graduating and plans on visiting Europe as her graduation gift....   [tags: personal narrative] 822 words
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The Tao At Work - The book selected for this report was "The Tao at Work: On Leading and Following" by Stanley M. Herman. Although, at first glance, it would appear to be a very small volume (only 133 pages), it is no "quick read". The content consists of 81 verses interlaced with a dozen short stories. The verses are contemporary translations of a 2,500 year old tract called the Tao, which Taoist folklore says was dictated by a person named Lao-tsu as his legacy of wisdom for future generations. The book’s short stories were composed by the author to illustrate his interpretation and adaptations of the Tao to life in the modern workplace and Tao philosophy regarding the relationships between leaders and foll...   [tags: Stanley Herman] 1674 words
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Exploring the Religion of Taoism - Though no one is completely certain, The Urantia Book Fellowship(Sprunger) many scholars believe Taoism’s foundation goes back to 604 BC, by Lao Tzu. Taoism is one of the more influential religious practices of the Eastern culture and many view it as a way of life rather than a religion. It emphasizes various themes centered on naturalness, vitality, peace, non-interference/non-resistance, refinement, detachment, flexibility, receptiveness, spontaneity, and the ways of life, speaking, and guiding behavior....   [tags: religion]
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Leadership and Power Tactics from Ho Ching - ... By engaging in these debates, she tries to influence her husband’s view. Ho Ching is also influential because of her position as the CEO of Temasek Holdings where she manages a portfolio of approximately 50 billion dollars. She attained this position through influence increased from education, experience and in part through family networks. Ho Ching has the power to influence numerous markets throughout Asia as the CEO of a powerful holding firm. Ho Ching’s Influentical Tactics Ho Ching uses inspiring pleas, ingratiation, and rational persuasion to influence listeners during her speech....   [tags: influence, socialized power] 563 words
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Daoism- An Ancient Chinese Religion - Taoism, although an ancient Chinese religion, is still an active and popular religion and philosophy that has survived due to its history and its doctrine, thus proving that a nascent philosophy from ancient times can still be viable and relevant for humanity’s daily life. Although there is no specific date of the creation of Daoism, many legends shed light onto the history of the origins of this way of life. Lao-Tze, meaning the “old philosopher”, is known as the “founder of Taoism” even though it is “not clear whether [or not] he [is] a real person” (Hays)....   [tags: Popular Religion, Philosophy, China, History]
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Women’s Bodies in Taoism - Women’s Bodies in Taoism “I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.” This powerful statement by Henry Emerson Fosdick so simply defines the concept of a common Chinese religion. Taoism is a religion practiced by many Asians and by people around the world. It is a religion that is so beautifully complex and yet based on principle as simple as breathing in and out. This paper will outline some basic information on the Taoist tradition, examine the views of the female body in Taoism as presented by Barbara Reed and my own critique of the tradition will be provided....   [tags: Religion Religious Essays]
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The Discipline of Chinese Painting: An Internal Reflection of Life & Art - When one comes into contact with a Chinese painting, the style is almost instantly recognizable. The attention to detail, craftsmanship, and vast depictions of elaborate landscapes appear to pay homage to mother earth in an attempt to reach a state of eternal balance with nature and life. Before this equilibrium could be achieved, one must attain internal discipline. This was required before one began mastering their brushwork in Chinese culture. In Mai Mai Sze’s “The Way of Chinese Painting,” 1959, New York: Vintage Books, Random House, Sze discusses the philosophy known as Daoism/Tao, or “the way.” Before one became a skilled painter, one trained in the personal disciplines of poetry, art,...   [tags: Art ]
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Parallels Between Daoism and Hinduism - Although Daoism and Hinduism are two completely separate religions with the former indigenous to China and the latter to India, both of them encompass striking similarities that undeniably make it seem that one influenced the other. However, no known relations between the two religions exist. Comparing the small, but contextually vital part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata known as Bhagavad Gita with the central text to Daoism, Tao Te Ching offers an unparalleled journey of knowledge and understanding....   [tags: unity, universe, trancend] 1321 words
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Hsun Ching’s Life Changing Journey - Hsun Ching’s Life Changing Journey The journey Hsun Ching would embark on began as nothing more than weight on his shoulders. Little did he know, it would be an expedition that would change his life forever. Not only changing his perspective on the world, but also life, his personality, and character. All the risks and sacrifices that Hsun Ching has to make during his journey are a very small price to pay for the positive benefits on his life. The journey not only revolutionizes his outlook on the world and life, but also on the Sutra and what it truly means to the world....   [tags: essays research papers] 643 words
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Advertisement is Everywhere - ... Not only does advertising effect adults but it effects the young children. With all this technology growing so is the advertising. When the kids are watching the news on the TV, they are getting sucked into the messed up world. They see the world differently and they see themselves differently. The reason why kids turn out to be so crazy when they get older is because of advertisement. Girls look at beauty at a different perspective. They think that if they buy some special kind of makeup it will make them more beautiful because they saw it on TV or in the newspaper....   [tags: social media, internet, technology] 617 words
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Comparing Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism - Comparing Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism Works Cited Not Included The belief in some higher presence, other than our own, has existed since man can recollect. Religion was established from this belief, and it can survive and flourish because of this belief. In Chinese history, Taoism and Buddhism are two great philosophical and religious traditions along with Confucianism. Taoism, originated in China around the sixth century BCE and Buddhism, came to China from India around the second century of the Common Era, Together have shaped Chinese life and thought for nearly twenty-five hundred years....   [tags: Religion China Chinese Spiritual Essays] 2812 words
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Chinese Religion: Daoism or Taoism - ... The most notable among these figures is Laozi who is often credited with founding Daoism. Laozi, the “Wise Old Man,” was said to travel across China on the back of an ox, spreading his philosophy. A legend had said that Laozi had been in his mother’s womb for sixty years and was born with white hair and a beard which explains why he was so wise. Although Laozi is considered to be the father of Daoism, he was not the founder of the religious form of Daoism but rather the philosophy. The founder of religious Daoism was The most important and central belief of Daoism is the concept of the Dao, or the “Way.” Explaining this concept, however, can get confusing....   [tags: martial arts, traditions] 927 words
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Philippe Gross's The Tao of photography: seeing beyond seeing - In Philippe Gross's book "The Tao of photography: seeing beyond seeing" Gross emphasizes, through his photography and other more well known photographers works, the Taoist philosophy and wisdom. I found this books message not only creative ,but both inspirational and instructional. He couples photographic works with informational text to help more deeply understand his philosophy. Gross emphasizes creativity and heightened awareness rather than formal techniques. Straying away from formal techniques is something that I feel I have been trying to do when I take pictures....   [tags: Photography Philippe Gross] 1101 words
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Taoism: Potential Within Passivity - Taoism is the first major philosophical and religious tradition explored by Peter Marshall, in his book Nature's Web. Marshall calls Taoism "the way of nature," emphasizing that this is the ideal religion from the perspective of ecological sensibility. Passivity is a key element of Taoist thought, and is a repeated concept in the primary Taoist text, the Tao Te Ching. The concept of passivity stresses that the wise person will not attempt to cause change in his world, but will rather be receptive to and allow natural changes to happen, as is the way of nature....   [tags: Taoism Religion Ecology] 1456 words
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Comparison Of Buddhism And Taoism - Taoism and Buddhism were born in the same century. Siddhartha reached enlightenment in approximately 535 B.C. and Lao Tzu’s teachings were recorded around 500 B.C. There are many similarities in the basics of these two religions. Some of the similarities can be seen clearly when examining the three meaning of Tao. The first definition of Tao is "the way of ultimate reality." This means that Tao cannot be percieved, defined, talked about, or thought of. It is too big a concept for humans to comprehend....   [tags: essays research papers] 542 words
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Taoism in the Modern World - Taoism in the Modern World The Tao Te Ching is the second most revised book in the world; the bible is the only one that has been revised more. It was written sometime between the sixth and the third century BC when china descended into chaos of rival kingdoms. It was supposedly written by Lao Tan, a possible mythical figure, who has said to have lived till he was 160 to 200 years old, but some believe that he is still alive and is wonder out in the woods. Ever since I began reading about Taoism I have change my point of view about life....   [tags: Papers] 1203 words
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The Relationship between Form and Substance in Confucian Thought - ... Confucius speaks often about the Tao, meaning a good way or path to achieving morally superior ends. The Way is search of the benevolence and the truth through observing li and ren. Confucius maintained the customary observation, Rites, and provoked them to follow him to create oneself by filling the form with substance. Rites help to realize the difference between form and substance and this creates the way to the benevolence. Let us define what is form and substance in other words it is like a vessel and matter, or body and soul and so on; everything that related to container and something that could fill it....   [tags: harmony, principles, tao, teaching] 612 words
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Taoism: The Balance of Nature and Humans - Taoism has many profound theories which can be difficult to understand. Taoism is a balanced relationship between humans and nature. The most basic concept is the Tao. This originally refers to the road extending in one direction. The Tao is unseen and unheeded, yet it is the Tao that is truly and constantly useful, like the space in a vessel or a window. (Choice)Tao refers to the rules governing behaviors in human beings and objects. In order to make this theory become more clear Taoism draws a Taiji Diagram: This is a curve dividing a circle into two parts, one half is in white representing Yang (the bright side) while the other is in black, representing Yin (the dark side)...   [tags: Taoism Beliefs, Yin Yang]
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Taoist Reading of Henry James novel, The American - A Taoist Reading of Henry James' novel, The American Henry James' novel, The American, tells the story of one man's journey in search of the Tao. Or, rather, the qualities of Christopher Newman are the qualities of a student of the Tao, following the teachings of the Sage described in Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. Each time Newman digresses from his path, the lure or object which he desires eventually pushes him back on to it. James's description of Newman as an American incorporates many tenets of the Tao, beginning with the sudden enlightenment on Wall Street that leads to the events in this novel....   [tags: Henry James American Essays]
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Feminist Principles - Introduction According to Lao Tzu, human life is the practice of laws of naturalism or the Way, as opposed to rules that culture detects. In other words, Lao Tzu states that language is an artificial belief that ought to be fake bearing in mind that it does not embody the naturalistic aim towards Tao. In addition, he suggests that Tao Te Ching concentrates more on philosophy than religion given that Tao reveals the essence of nature, and has little to do with God and rituals. One of his theoretical explanations in regards to Tao is the concept of Yin and Yang....   [tags: Philosophy, Lao Tzu] 1054 words
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The ?Way? As Seen In Taoism And Confucianism - Taoism and Confucianism are both very complex and important religions of their time. Both mainly Asian religions, these creeds were more prominent in the times they were developed then they are today. Each of these religions had a certain belief that there was a “Way” that things should happen and should work so that goodness and peace will regulate in the world. Confucius was the founder of Confucianism. His works were taught in the Confucian Analects. His sense of mission to be “a human among other humans.” He was said to have fortune cookie knowledge and was admired by many people, including his many followers....   [tags: essays research papers] 952 words
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Smart People are more Successful in Business and Life - Visionaries and deep thinkers have walked the earth since the beginning of recorded time. Their guiding principles concerned evolution of consciousness toward wisdom. Increasing wisdom consciousness defeats the abstract societal label known as "average". Simply stated, we are all born with potential to become smart people. Smart people are generally great achievers, successful in business and family, and positive of mind. They have trained themselves to squeeze every drop of brain juice within, to make manifest their unique gifts and talents without....   [tags: Intelligence] 2089 words
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Culture of Ancient China - Imagine: a collection of poems whose date of authorship has not been determined. Imagine: a Chinese thinker about whom little is known and whose authorship of the poems has been challenged. Then read statements like these: "Accept being unimportant" and "Give up learning, and put an end to your troubles." You have entered the mysterious world of The Tao Te Ching. Despite their cloudy and distant origins, the poems make many statements that may sound curiously familiar to contemporary Americans. The Tao describes the allure and artificiality of wealth as it reaffirms the value of a modest, balanced life: "Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it....   [tags: Ancient World Culture] 338 words
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Spiritual Diversity of Healthcare Providers: Different Perspectives from a Sikh, Tao and Catholic Health Care Provider - 1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some (New International Version). This scripture stated by the Apostle Paul was used to declare his commitment, not only to God, but to mankind. His statement created a model not only for ministry but for healthcare. In a culturally diverse society it is important that each provider attempt to put the needs of the patient before their own in order to provide the best possible care....   [tags: health care, nursing, religion]
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The Foundation of Traditional Ethics - In “Abolition of Man”, author C.S. Lewis discussed the foundation of traditional ethics by embracing the Chinese word Tao, meaning “the Way.” Lewis declares that people today have assumed a place outside the Tao. This position involves, according to C.S. Lewis, a choice between two evils; and one or the other evil is our destiny if we believe that the Tao isn’t real. But aside from such everyday thoughts, there are hypothetical problems to this belief. The demand to abandon traditional ethics is frequently related to what is thought to be a new and rational set of morals....   [tags: tao, cs lewis, abolition of man]
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Exploring Daoism: The Orign of Faith and Philosophy - When considering the origin of the faiths and philosophies of the world, it is judicious to take into consideration the culture and religious practices of the period. For instance, Daoism developed out of the political climate of the time and the religious beliefs and practices and that existed in China in the preceding centuries. In order to gain a greater comprehension of the creation Daoism, the theory, philosophy, and practices, it necessitates a journey to China in the distant past. The first part of the journey begins; five thousand years ago with the tribal people who established residence along the shores of the Yellow River in China....   [tags: tribal people, ancient china, universe]
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The History and Evolution of Tai Chi - The History and Evolution of Tai Chi Tai Chi is a result of the Chinese Taoists. The Taoists in their observation of nature found nothing was entirely still. If prey stayed in one place, the beasts of the forest would take advantage. They also found that this principle applied to humans as well and that if they remain stagnant, it opened the door for disease and old age. From this revelation, the Taoists began creating martial art forms, as well as using yoga introduced from India, to be active....   [tags: chinese art exercise yoga stretching] 998 words
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Comparison of Lao-tzu and Machiavelli - Comparison of Lao-tzu and Machiavelli Lao-tzu and Machiavelli are political philosophers writing in two different lands and two different times. Lao-tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher from 6th century BC, the author of Tao-te Ching, and Machiavelli was an Italian philosopher who lived 2000 years after Lao-tzu’s time, author of Prince. They are both philosophers but have totally different perspective on how to be a good leader. While both philosopher’s writing is instructive. Lao-tzu’s advice issues from detached view of a universal ruler; Machiavelli’s advice is very personal perhaps demanding....   [tags: Political Philosophers Philosophy Politics Essays] 726 words
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Lao-Tzu: Characteristics of a Good Leader - Government is the essential power of a country, which directly influences society because it provides somewhat of a security blank for those who are affected by it. Lao-Tzu’s, “Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching,” along with Niccolo Machiavelli’s, “The Qualities of the Prince,” both discuss multiple characteristics that a leader should possess to be a successful. While their goal is similar, in which they both describe what it takes to become a better leader, their ideas concerning leading are conflicting....   [tags: Leadership ]
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Chinese History and World View: Taoism - Taoism is an ancient tradition of philosophy and religious belief that is deeply rooted in Chinese customs and worldview.Taoism is also referred to as Daoism, which is a more accurate way of representing in English the sound of the Chinese word. The Tao is the ultimate creative principle of the universe. Under this ethos, All things are unified and connected. The principle of Yin Yang portrays the world as filled with complementary forces. Prior to the Communist revolution in China, Taoism was one of the strongest religions....   [tags: religion, fluidity, ideology] 595 words
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Comparing Doaism and Mahayana Buddhism - ... When people try to become caught up in their own understanding of the world and how they should react to certain situations it can in many cases disrupt or prevent the natural flow of things. During the waring states period, a Chinese philosopher named Zhuangzi is credited with writing a text by his own name. In the Zhuangzi it states, “Be empty, that is all. The Perfect Man uses his mind like a mirror going after nothing, welcoming nothing, responding but not storing. Therefore he can win out over things and not hurt himself.” (Zhuangzi, 95) This selection from the text emphasizes the importance of not storing or believing anything to be ultimately true....   [tags: religious beliefs, Eastern philosophies] 1007 words
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