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Taoism and Nature In Chinese Medicine - ... The eight principle patterns are composed of four pairs of polar opposites: yin and yang, interior and exterior, deficiency and excess, and cold and hot. These eight principle patterns are actually another subdivide of yin and yang into six subcategories. The physician uses the pattern to build a conceptual matrix that delineates an organized relationship between particular clinical signs and yin and yang, leading to a medical diagnosis and treatment plan (Freeman, 312). Therapy and treatment in Chinese medicine focuses on maintaining or restoring balance and harmony between the yin-yang, one of the most important symbols of Taoism....   [tags: Taoism]
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Taoism - Taoism Taoism originated in China during the 300's BC. It has been part of the Chinese culture for 2,000 years. It was during the same time period as Confucianism, but had opposite ideas and morals, yet it was equally as important as Confucianism in Chinese history. Taoism began as a reaction to "historical situations"(c1), and became a philosophy of the natural way. The word Tao actually means "road" or "way." Taoism has had a large impact on art and literature, and had been greatly influenced by Chinese folk religion....   [tags: Papers] 1332 words
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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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Taoism - ... The balance follows many aspects of Christianity with the Yen Yang concept. The Tao though does not distinguish between good and evil. Many people would at first glance seem to believe this is a lazy religion because doing nothing almost seems to be the main goal. The first chapter of the book talks about basic aspects of religion. I see how Taoism fits in with nature worship, and ancestral worship. (Hopfe) The benefit for society if Taoism is practiced would be largely living in peace without war....   [tags: Religion]
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Taoism - Taoism The Eastern Philosophy of Taoism is probably one of the earliest forms of philosophy known to man. Lao-tzu book the Tao Te Ching is the guidelines for any true follow of Taoism to live by. Taoism is a philosophy practice by one to get in accordance with nature, and to live simple. The ultimate goal of Taoism to become "Sage" or a wise man and once you achieve this goal you are said to be one with nature and you are heavenly. Taoism has many different aspect of it but one particular portion I am going to focus on is in chapter three of the Tao Te Ching....   [tags: Papers] 344 words
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taoism - ... This celebration can be described as our thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled into one, making it a celebration that will last for more than one day. The first full moon of the year will be known as the Lantern Festival and will be celebrated during the Chinese New Year celebration. One of the best parts of the celebration is the food that is eaten during the Lantern Festival, it's traditional to enjoy Tangyuan - a sort of dumpling made of sweet rice, rolled into (Ping-Pong-sized) balls and stuffed with different sweet fillings....   [tags: Religion] 1255 words
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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: 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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Taoism in Ursula LeGuin's - Taoism in Ursula LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" The utopian society fabricated by Ursula LeGuin in her short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” appears, before the reader is introduced to its one inherent imperfection, to be ideal to a point of disbelief. Even the narrator doubts that her account of this utopia, despite considering the allowances given to the reader to add or remove certain aspects of the society in an attempt to render a utopia fashioned to individual desire, is a believable one....   [tags: Taoism LeGuin Walk Away Omelas Essays] 2675 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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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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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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Comparing Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism - Comparing Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism There are many similarities and differences between the three ways of life we have been studying for the past week. Each has its own unique purpose and type of people. Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism all have similar and different qualities. I will explain similarities and differences in this essay. The basic beliefs and concepts of Confucianism are similar to Taoism in the sense that they want peace and good behavior. The Buddhists, on the other hand, strictly have the purpose to reach Nirvana and follow the four noble truths....   [tags: Papers] 405 words
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Comparing Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism - Comparing Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism 4. Compare and contrast Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. How are they similar. How are they different. -Question 4. Buddhism Has over 300 million members, and was founded around 2, 500 years ago in India. The founder is Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha, or referred to as the "Enlightened One." Their major scripture are The Triptaka, Anguttara-Nikaya, Dhammapada, Sutta-Nipata, Samyutta-Nikaya and many others. Buddhism today is divided into three main sects: Theravada, or Hinayana (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia), Mahayana (China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea), and Vajrayana (Tibet, Mongolia and Japan)....   [tags: Papers] 1016 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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Different Practices of Taoism - Different Practices of Taoism Taoism applied to everyday life "Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place" (Chapter 3). In Taoism this is the concept known as "wu wei". Wei wu wei is the practice of doing and not-doing. This concept comes from the theory of the Yin and Yang. The Yang, along with wei, is the practice of doing. The Yin, along with wu wei, is the practice of not-doing. One compliments the other, and each cannot exist alone. The Tao tells people to practice not-doing because it will bring happiness in their life....   [tags: Papers] 925 words
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Comparing Buddhims, Taoism, and Confucianism - Comparing Buddhims, Taoism, and Confucianism There are many similarities and differences between the three religions of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. While researching this paper, I came across this quote from an unknown source that stated, ?No civilization is monochrome. In China the classical tones of Confucianism have been balanced not only by the spiritual shades of Buddhism, but also by the romantic hues of Taoism?. As each religion is surmised the similarities and differences between them will be revealed....   [tags: Papers Compare Contrast Religion Religious] 1456 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 ?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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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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Taoism - I took this course in Eastern religions to become more familiar wit religions of other countries. I was raised in a house full of Christians and Christianity was the only religion that I knew. I was very much encouraged by my parents, family, and society to say my prayers, attend Sunday school and church services, and be involved in the youth groups within my church. From being in church all the time I began to lose interest in it and as I got older I moved further and further away from the church setting, up to now I don't even go....   [tags: Religion Tao] 1039 words
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Transforming Our Society through Taoism - ... Once this insight is reached not only will the anxiety that is produced by chasing money end but also “people will be content with their simple, everyday lives, in harmony, and free of desire” (Novak, 157). The materialism that we are driven by makes us vulnerable because it prevents us from being aware of what is going on in our own country. For instance, our mass media is censored in order to give us a warped view of important facts. This causes us to live in a conditioned society where we are only exposed to things that are “acceptable”....   [tags: Faith Religion]
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Communication and Culture - ... The theoretical foundation of Taoism belief is the idea that two opposites are mutually dependent on each other (Peng et al., 2006). This mutual dependence can be found between form and substance, between knowledge and action, and between symbol and experience (Cheng, 1987). In the view of Chinese philosophy, form and substance cannot be separated as form is the pattern of relations between substances; knowledge and action are mutually determined in the way that knowledge equips action with direction and action makes knowledge relevant to life; symbol and experience are interrelated as symbol provides a means for expressing life experience and experience is the source for symbol (Cheng, 1987)....   [tags: Philosophy, Taoism] 735 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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Western Moral Philosophy - Western Moral Philosophy Taoism presents a moral philosophy that at first seems very different from most western moral philosophies which, though very different, usually understand morality as a set of restraints on behavior or a common set of principles (common virtues). Western moral philosophy, in general, emphasizes constraining behavior that stems from desire. Taosim's emphasis is dealing directly with controlling ones desire by eliminating them. Taoism and western moral philosophy deal with desire but Taoism deals with it directly and western morality often only tries to stem the effect of desire....   [tags: Behavior Taoism Papers]
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Chinese Religion - ... Almost every philosophy stressed moral practice. Mencius said, “Opportunities vouchsafed by Heaven are less important than terrestrial advantages, which in turn are less important than the unity among people.” Stress on the intuition, Chinese ancient philosophy did not adhere to formal rules of structure and system in thought and often resulted in fragmented thought written on paper. It was through reflecting on life’s experiences and intuition that philosophical ideas were formed. Characteristics of Chinese Ethics and Morality, traditional Chinese ethics that reflect the high standard or moral pursuit of the Chinese people and embrace ethical wisdom of lasting value: 1, seeking harmony and maintaining equilibrium; harmony is powerful word....   [tags: Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism] 2856 words
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Taoist Reading of Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth - missing works cited Wordsworth's 'hsü': towards a Taoist reading of Tintern Abbey Five years have passed; five summers, with the length Of five long winters. And again I hear These waters, rolling from their mountain springs With a sweet inland murmur. (1-4) "Tintern Abbey"'s opening lines prepare the reader for a reunion, notable in tone not only for the sense of anticipation with which the poet apprehends this moment, but equally so for the poignancy which immediately inflects the poem's proceedings....   [tags: Poetry Religion Taoism] 1308 words
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Daoism: A Journey - ... Full of sagacity and wisdom, the Tao Teh Ching first addresses the issue of the Dao and its place as a core belief among Daoists. The Dao, roughly translated as “the Way”, is perhaps better explained by Lao Tzu in the Tao Teh Ching than in any other text. The very first section of the Tao Teh Ching puts the Dao rather simply stating, “Tao can be talked about, but not the Eternal Tao./ Names can be named, but not the Eternal Name./ As the origin of heaven-and-earth, it is nameless:/ As “the Mother” of all things, it is nameable,” (3)....   [tags: Religion, Taoism, China] 1166 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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Origin of Religion - The origin of religion goes back to prehistoric times when the earliest people of China sought answers to the same basic questions that have baffled man over time: what is the unseen force that brings darkness and light, winters and summer, drought and rain, life and death: what must men do to appease this force (Schafter 60-61). Ancient China has three main religions: Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Confucius was concerned mostly with laws made by people and whether people were naturally good or naturally evil....   [tags: Theology] 746 words
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Oh Boy - Hinduism Hinduism Hinduism was founded sometime between 1500 and 500 CE in the are of the Indus valley civilization. There is no individual founder and no names given to say who developed it. They are many gods in the religion of Hinduism. Many Hindu followers believe that one of the gods is the true god, this creates a division in Hinduism, Vaishnavaism and Shivaism. People who follow Vaishnavaism believe that Vishnu is the one true god and people who follow Shivasim believe that Shiva is the one true god....   [tags: essays research papers] 2354 words
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Rita M. Gross' Feminism and Religion - Rita M. Gross' Feminism and Religion In her book Feminism and Religion, Rita M. Gross provides readers with an introduction to the need for, and benefits of, androgynous scholarship in the field of religious studies. Gross strives to make readers aware of the dangers of androcentric, Eurocentric scholarship. Moreover, she advances the claim that, “properly pursued, the field of religious studies involves study of all major religions found in human history” and an equal representation of both men’s and women’s religious experiences (Gross 1-4)....   [tags: Rita Gross Feminist Papers]
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Silly Old Bear - 'Silly Old Bear!'; Almost every child and adult has heard this phrase before which comes from the Winne the Pooh series written by A.A. Milne. In this series of books written about Winnie the Pooh, the 'silly old bear,'; his friends, and their adventures together in the Hundred Acre Wood Forest, Milne captures the 'incomparably and enduringly, the frolic and indolence, the sweetness and foolishness, of animals which are also people(Discovering Authors).'; Many critics and people agree that Pooh is simply an ignorant little bear who is only interested in self-indulgence and is literally a 'silly old bear.'; This statement, however, is not true....   [tags: essays research papers] 2720 words
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Tao of Pooh - ... Hoff discusses how Pooh does not ponder or think about something, he just goes out and does it. He makes the statement that because of these things always works out for Pooh in the end. He goes on to state that instead of interfering with nature, Pooh simply works along with it. Along with the earlier statements and the fact that Pooh arguably lives a very simple life, this can also, arguably, be explained as the life and actions of a Taoist. Hoff's purpose of writing the Tao of Pooh is to ultimately inform people of Taoism....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1107 words
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Chinese Shih Poetry And Philosophy - Since the beginning of time, man has sought to explain the world around him. This is called philosophy, a Greek word which means "love of wisdom." However, over the millennia it has come to mean much more. The philosophies of the ancient Chinese people, whether they explain nature or present ways to live a just life, became so complex that simple prose could not suitably express their meaning. Yet paradoxically, the simpler, less exact form of poetry does put forth the ideas. Nowhere is this more exemplified than in the literature pertaining to the two major schools of ancient Chinese thought; Taoism and Confucianism....   [tags: essays research papers] 1107 words
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Religion in Singapore - ... The major festivals of the Buddha include Vesak day which signifies the piece of mankind and Deepavali which signifies the defeat over an evil Lord known as Rama. At these period stalls are field with [groceries]. 2. Taoism: This religion came into Singapore when the Chinese migrated there, and with the increasing population of Chinese immigrants, Taoism became a popularly recognized religion (Wikipedia). However, due to the mixed ethnicity, Buddhists in Singapore also followed in the Taoism faith....   [tags: Religion, Asian History]
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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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Perfection in Ursula LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven - Perfection in Ursula LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven Is there such a place where ideal perfection exists. Can our views on social, political, and moral issues ever concur with one another. The answer to these questions is simple - no. The world we live in today is full of social, political, and moral imperfections that hinder our ability to live a life free of evil. In Ursula LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven, this imperfect lifestyle is the foundation on which the desire for a utopian society sits. The American Heritage Dictionary defines reality as the totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence ....   [tags: Ursula LeGuin Lathe Heaven Essays]
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China and Japan research - In China and Japan, there are numerous similarities and differences in their religions. People have their choices of following a certain religion. China is a country with great diversity as well as Japan. Religion is a big deal to many Asians. Chinas religions major religions and beliefs are Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Dongba and Protestant. China has about 5.5 million Protestants and 3.5 million Catholics. Confucianism is one of the major philosophies that concerns human society, social relations, and individual conduct....   [tags: essays research papers] 836 words
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Story of the Stone - ... Here the Confucian filial obligation to family is highlighted. In the Confucian system, such a system of virtuous relationships provides structure and order to an otherwise chaotic society. Xi-feng’s actions demonstrate the importance to which Confucian values were held in this period. In contrast to Confucian beliefs, which seek understanding through obligation to duty and family, Taoism provides a better platform for personal betterment and spiritual awakening. In the fifth chapter, when Bao-yu is summoned to the Land of Disillusion, his fairy-overseers explain their concern for him, because as they see it, he the last possible chance for redemption of the family....   [tags: Chinese Literature] 1407 words
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Taoist Ideal in Hero - ... The Taoism influence on knight-errant is mostly mental. Broken Sword and Flying Snow’s choice to withdraw from society, rebellion against government structure, and strict adherence to personal integrity in Hero are all traces of Taoism on youxia. Literary-martial The combination of wen and wu is another aspect where Taoist influence can be seen in the movie Hero. Literally, wen-wu translates as literary-martial. It refers not only to the dichotomy between the mental and the physical, but also to the intertwining nature of art and sword-fight....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Religious Influences on Vietnam - RELIGIOUS INFLUENCES ON VIETNAM I understand there to be copious amounts of influential events which triggered trends in Vietnamese culture. The Chinese influence in Vietnam may have likely led to its communist political system. Vietnamese nationalism may have contributed to the difficulties the French faced during its colonization of Vietnam. However, I believe that the most relevant contribution to contemporary Vietnamese culture is the religious diversity and how it contributes to Vietnam’s closed-door economic and political philosophies....   [tags: essays research papers] 551 words
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Confucianism - Confucianism What is Confucianism. Confucianism was the single most important thing in Chinese life. It affected everything in China; education, government, and attitudes toward behavior in public and private life. Confucianism is not a religion, but it is more a philosophy and a guide to morality and good government. The Laozian and Mohist critiques of the Confucianism are both in an accurate fashion. Most significant value from Lazi is The Tao Te Jing. "It is true that, while Confucianism emphasizes social order and an active life, Taoism concentrates on individual life and tranquility, thus suggesting that Taoism plays a secondary role" (pp....   [tags: Papers] 1038 words
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Reflection On World Religion - Reflection on World Religions It has been an outstanding five weeks. This was the course that I've been waiting to take since I started Capella back in April of 2004. Finally after weeks of reading World Religions by Huston Smith, I have developed an understanding of some of the world's religions. I can never be an expert in this field, and I don't want to, but at least I have an idea where these religions originated and have a general concept of the beliefs behind each religion. Each of the religions we covered have one thing in common that stick out, and that is promoting peace and harmony....   [tags: Theology Religion Religions] 991 words
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Visit to Han China - Visit to Han China Your visit to China certainly did sound interesting. But life outside the palaces and cities is not the same as you have seen. I have visited many villages around the country and I've noticed a large difference. The men do seem to have control over the women, because that's part of the Confucianism ideology. But in reality, the women have complete control over household affairs. When the men are away at work, it's the women who take care of the children and other household duties....   [tags: Travel, Confucianism, China] 319 words
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Pre-Industrial Visual Cultures - Pre-Industrial Visual Cultures I remember my father's futile attempts at trying to get me interested in Eastern philosophy. He got me cartoon versions of Zen philosophy and the teachings of Chinese philosophers, and would try to draw parallels between their ideas and what was going on in our lives. Unfortunately, I was more preoccupied with my telephone-marathons and other such pressing issues. The effect of his words on me was like water rolling off a duck's back. As I got older and less oblivious to the world, old ways and ideas were no longer applicable and I found myself left with nothing to hold onto....   [tags: Culture Cultural Papers]
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Buddhism - High in the mountains of the Himalayas chants ring out from the Tibetan monastery. For most this is a dream-like vacation to a far away land. For some of the people who live in Tibet and India this is everyday life as a Buddhist. Buddhism revolves around a strict code of daily rituals and meditations. To an outsider they can seem mystical or even odd, but these are the paths to enlightenment and spiritual salvation. Throughout the centuries, Buddhism has evolved into a major religion in Asia and other parts of the world....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Chinese Mythology - Mythology is a collection of myths or the study of ancient traditional stories of gods or heroes, giving an explanation to an unexplained event. For Plato, the fist known user of the term, muthologia meant know more than the telling of stories (Kirk 8). Mythology is an important aspect to the world, today. Through the study of myths help us develop an idea of what the cultures were like. It includes hints that exhibit how they lived their lives. Myth is its serious purpose and its importance to the culture (Lansford 1)....   [tags: essays research papers] 1701 words
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The Tao Of The Joy Luck Club - Taoism has been a major influence in China throughout much of its history and The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, reflects this influence through its infusion of Taoist principals. One of the fundamental concepts within Taoism is that of Wu-hsing. Wu-hsing is a way of understanding a matter by dividing it into five and is often represented by five phases, elements of directions. This is an unfamiliar concept to a western perspective, which tends to divide things into four. Understanding this fifth additional element, however, is essential to understanding The Joy Luck Club....   [tags: essays research papers] 1290 words
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Confucianism - Confucianism The religion of Confucianism is and interesting and unique religion. The various parts of this belief system deal more with humanity than with deities or supernatural occurrences. It is this fact that leads many to believe that Confucianism is more a philosophy or way of life than a religion. There are, however, various ceremonies and beliefs that those who follow Confucianism observe. In short, Confucianism has had more impact on the lives of the Chinese than any other single religion....   [tags: Religion Confucianism] 1263 words
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