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Taoism and Nature In Chinese Medicine - One of the oldest and most complete medical systems ever developed is traditional Chinese medicine. The Taoist ideas and the importance of nature have been intertwined with Chinese Medicine from the ancient beginnings of Chinese culture. “'Tao' or way, is the major idea of Taoism: 'Man models himself on earth, earth on heaven, heaven on the way, and the way on that which is naturally so'. Taoism teaches that human beings should be in harmony with nature, that is, with Tao” (Y). Taoism celebrates the forces of nature and recognizes the interplay of yin and yang in all things....   [tags: Taoism]
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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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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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Confucianism and Taoism - Confucianism and Daoism are two influential schools of thoughts that have existed in ancient China around the 6th century BCE. The former, led by the politician and philosopher Confucius, proposed that humans live in society according to a set of predefined rules and that they transform society through political action. Whereas the latter, led by the philosopher Lao-Tzu, promoted the idea of inaction; people should go with the flow instead of taking action to control their lives and dominate their surroundings....   [tags: Confucius, philosophy, daoism, Lao-tzu, education]
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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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The Big Dipper in Taoism - ... Thus, stars are exceptionally important in Taoism as it directly affects the wellbeing of humans. There was a book, 《星经》 the Book of Stars. The author of this book was not recorded and it should be written around the Han dynasty. In this book, it was written that the Big Dipper was in charge of the Emperor’s destiny and longevity. During the Jin Dynasty, the status of Taoism rose through the ranks amongst other religions and philosophy. This is due to the literature culture during the Wei Jin Dynasty....   [tags: han culture, mongolia culture] 1488 words
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taoism - History tells a story about a man named Laozi, who lived in the sixth century B.C. and his teachings are the basis for Taoism. This religion believes that we should put away our desires of ambition to seek harmony with the forces of nature. Interestingly enough, Taoism is a very passive religion that strives for peace. One of the main symbols that are associated with this religion is the Ying Yang symbol. The yin represents the male, and the yang represents the female. If you look closely at this symbol, you will see that each side of the symbol has a little bit of the counterpart....   [tags: Religion] 1255 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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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 and Chinese Culture - ... Yin Yang is a principle that understands there are complementary forces in the world that fit together, work in perfect harmony and do not make sense alone, such as light and dark, wet and dry, or action and non-action. Taoism is derived from “the Tao” which is translated to “the Way” and Taoists practice things like feng shui and meditation. Taoism is of the view that life is a wonderful thing in the world, death is painful, therefore, the Taoist’s pursuit is to live forever and never die. There are many methods for health fitness to achieve “immortality”, such as Wushu and Qigong....   [tags: panda, beijing, laozi, marriage] 802 words
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Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism - Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism constitute the essence of the traditional Chinese culture. The relationship among the three has been marked by both competition and complementation in history, with Confucianism playing a more dominant role. Confucianism emphasized a reiteration of current moral values and Taoism developed a system of based upon a harmonization of man with the natural order. These two popular philosophies, however, developed into popular religions eventually. Besides the major religions, ancestor worship and animism also have strong support in China....   [tags: Chinese Culture, Politics, Social Life] 1035 words
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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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Taoism’s Historical Origins and Leaders - Taoism is an ancient Chinese religion, a religion of peace focused on universal balance. The religion itself, though generally surviving today, was almost entirely wiped out in ancient times. Taoism’s primary symbol is still visible on the global market in modern times, though it tends to carry somewhat different meanings then it necessarily did previously. An incredibly life-structure oriented religion, it has permeated through society and is more easily understood through analysis of Taoism’s historical origins and leaders, its types and beliefs, ethics, and the modern influences of Taoism on society....   [tags: Historical Origins, Culture]
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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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Legalism, Taoism, and Confucianism in Ancient China - ... The Ru-jia doctrine was a group that consisted of educated men that Confucius could relate to, possibly due to the fact that he is credited with founding it. The group had many ethical insights that they intended to share and implement in government. (Lai 19-34) Confucianism consists of two fundamental concepts, ren (humaneness) and li (behavioral propriety). To more easily understand the difference between ren and li one can use the analogy of music. Music has two different dimensions. One dimension is the performance aspect of music (li) and the other dimension is the underlying emotion of the music (ren)....   [tags: philosophy, educate, power] 1038 words
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Transforming Our Society through Taoism - For many years scholars have deliberated the affects religion has in a society. Satisfaction of spiritual and emotional needs in human beings would be effects that most of these scholars deem as true. Some scholars even go as far as to conclude that religion plays an important role in the preclusion of violence. For instance, in Rene Girard’s theory of mimetic desire it is the detachment from religion that leads to the breakthrough of violence. Girard’s theory of mimetic desire doesn’t apply to one society in particular....   [tags: Faith Religion]
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Taoism and 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: Kant, Mill, and Lao Tzu]
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Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism in the Film Kung Fu Panda - ... This was a big idea in the teachings of Buddhism. Master Oogway, as he is about to die, quotes: “You may wish for an apple or an orange, but you will get a peach” (Roon Slideshow, 3). What he is trying to say is that you should be thankful for what you have and stop wanting what you cannot have. This quote also relates to Taoism in the sense that you should go with the flow. Also, while some people who have seen the movie say the mix between movie and reality is not well done, they just have to look deeper into the meaning and see past what is just on the screen....   [tags: Movie, China]
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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: 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 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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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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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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The Chinese Way of Life - ... Zen Buddhism was attached to Chinese history for a very long; its practice influenced the everyday habits of a great number of people. Zen Buddhism may even be the best way to exemplify the mysterious quality of oriental culture. This is a way of life that pursues harmony and nature and with other people, simplicity, and a feeling of warmth and oneness with all people In the early stages of the development of characters were dominated by pictograms, which the meaning was expressed by the different shapes....   [tags: precepts of taoism] 1227 words
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Taoist Reading of Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth - 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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Communication and Culture - Scholars from the indigenous psychology and philosophy field noted that explanations of the differences between the East and West, such as individualism/collectivism, have relied most exclusively on theoretical constructs generated in Western cultural contexts (Cheng, 1987; Cushman & Kincaid, 1987; Peng, Spencer-Rodgers, & Nian, 2006). Peng and his colleagues argued that indigenous concepts need to be introduced into the mainstream study, and the cultural differences between Western and Eastern people in the domains of thinking and reasoning can be attributed to differences between Western and Eastern folk epistemologies (Peng et al., 2006)....   [tags: Philosophy, Taoism] 735 words
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Cultural Diversity in the Health Care Setting - ... The only way to natural care for that patient, without disrupting the Tao, is to provide palliative care and ultimately let the patient die and return to the Tao (Tai, 2009). Sikhism The Sikh religion was founded in northern India nearly five hundred years ago. According to Sikh religion, there is only one God, and all people, no matter the race, religion or sex, are equal in the eyes of God (Gill, 2002). Sikhism does not recognize rituals such as fasting, idle worship, superstitions, etc. They believe that the road to salvation is achieved by living a truthful and honest life, use of prayer, serving the community, resisting temptation and remaining free of sin....   [tags: Sikh, Taoism, religious belief]
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The Influence of Silk and the Silk Road in China - ... All of this was the result of the production of silk and usage of the Silk Road, which brought profound cultural changes to China's religion, language, material and economy. Before Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism were the major religions in China. Confucianism was more strict than belief based, so when missionaries and traders came to China with Buddhist beliefs, many Chinese people were attracted to the spiritual religion. As the newer 500 year old religion traveled through the Silk Road to Han China, Buddhism quickly popularized across the whole country....   [tags: Taoism, Confusianism, Budhism] 814 words
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Daoism in Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha - ... The cosmos, which Daoism often focuses on by going along with its events, are made up of something called Qi/Chi. Qi/Chi is translated to mean life force, or natural force, its a self generating energy that everyone has. Qi has two aspects to it, those being Yin and Yang; Yin is dark, receptive, and female, while on the other hand Yang is bright, assertive, and male. They seem like complete opposites, but both are always necessary, like two sides of the same coin. These two aspects interchange and interact, one extreme action one way has an extreme reaction, causing the phenomenon of the universe....   [tags: Taoism, Siddhartha Essays]
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Chinese Civilization and Confucionism - A Collective Culture Collectivism is a social worth found in China that diverges from the more Western stress on independence. In a collectivist society, people put bunch objectives and needs in front of their own individual wishes. Indeed, this worth is now and then so much a piece of the society that an individual may not recognize particular and group needs, as the survival and cohesiveness of the gathering is of vital vitality. The aggregate character of the Chinese individuals is part of the way the aftereffect of a progress that for a few thousand years has been based on farming....   [tags: culture, collectivism, taoism] 1393 words
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Business in China: History, Culture, and Influence - 1. What role does cultural heritage play in China’s view of business. China’s view on business can be linked to its three general areas of religious beliefs: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. A brief description and there relationship to business practices are discussed below. Confucianism is a Chinese ethical and philosophical system developed from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (Shubro). The core being humanism, is believing that human beings are “teachable, improvable and perfectible through personal and communal endeavor especially including self-cultivation and self-creation.” ("Confucianism,") Confucianism emphasizes the importance of the family, reverence for e...   [tags: chinese religious belief, confucianism, taoism]
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Spiritual Perspectives on Healing of Three Non-Mainstream Religions and Christianity - ... Similar with Vodun and Christianity, Rastas believe in a God called Jah and pray to him. Rasta is a culture that believes in everyting natural, including food sources and medicine. Western medicine is considered unacceptable because it is man made. Healing The spiritual perspective on healing with Rastas is that God punishes a person for their sins of present and past days by causing illness. However, if a cure is to be provided it will be done by Gods will. When it comes to healing, Rastas take a holistic approach....   [tags: health diversity, vodun, rastafari, taoism]
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Traditional Chinese Medicine - ... This included basics like physical condition, age, habits, lifestyle, known medical history to workplace, social life, and even how seasons would affect the patient in question. The effect of seasons and shifts between seasons was determined by their climate that was categorized into the elements defined by traditional Chinese medicine and would take on additional traits like wet and dry. Physical examinations would be very thorough, particularly for the face, tongue, and pulse. These would search for basic hallmarks of dysfunction like tenderness, discoloration, inflammation, and swelling, later extending to subtler signs like odor of various body parts like the tongue and feet....   [tags: Taoism, alternative medicine] 916 words
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Chinese Traditional Culture - Sarah Smith Civilizations of Asia Dr. Kruse 2/22/14 Chinese Traditional Culture What is Chinese traditional culture like today from what it used to be. Where the Chinese we know today is very different from what they used to be. In today’s time, Chinese culture has changed over the years quite a bit from “Spring Moon” to now. A lot of their beliefs and morals come from Confucianism as it does in “Spring Moon”. The main points of this paper are Confucianism, characteristics, tradition, culture and modern life of the Chinese....   [tags: Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese]
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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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The Chinese Dragon Kings - The Chinese Dragon Kings The Chinese Dragon Kings are also known as Long-wang. They are the mythical creatures of Taoism who are in charge of two very different elements. Long-wang is ruled by Yuanshi Tian-Zong, the Celestial Venerable of the Primordial Beginning, or they are ruled by Yu Huang, also known as the Jade Emperor. The dragons report to them once a year (Hatshepsut). Chinese mythology and culture is full of unique dragons. There are many different kinds of dragons in Chinese mythology....   [tags: Long Wang, Mythical Creatures, Taoism]
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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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Chinese Religion - Chinese Religion The region of China is extensive and profound. “In China lay people did not belong to an institutionalized sect, nor did their religious life have anything to do with signing articles of faint. Religion in China was so woven into the broad fabric of family and social life that there was not even a special word for it until modern times, when one was coined to match the Western term” (Thompson, 1). In China, Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism are all blended. In the earliest period, Shang Dynasty (2000 BC), people in China had worshipped a lot of different gods (polytheism) such as weather god, river god....   [tags: Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism] 2856 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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What Is Religion? - What is religion. Each person’s definition of religion is different. Each person’s faith is different. This is a question that has been asked for centuries, and regardless of the answer given there is no right or wrong answer. Religion can be defined as a group of people who have shared beliefs who feel their life has purpose or meaning. This feeling or belief that their life has meaning can come from outside of themselves, as well as within. Taking this one step further, these shared beliefs put into action in the form of worship, can be easily identified because they happen regularly....   [tags: confucianism, taoism, primal, ontology, philosophy]
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Taoist Ideal in Hero - Zhang Yimou’s Hero is a rare production in the history of Chinese cinema. Apart from achieving blockbuster status in the West that few Chinese movies have managed, it is also extremely successful domestically. Nevertheless, just as many other well-received films preceding it, Hero has been the subject of varied interpretations. Critics seem especially unable to decide on the traditional Chinese philosophy behind Hero. Some view it as the epitome of Confucian teachings on loyalty (Louie), while others argue that it “chooses a Legalist narrative to judge the moral health of the nation … [and] challenge[s] the social morality of Confucianism” (Rawnsley)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Shipper's The Taoist Body - The old addage that a picture is worth a thousand words is often abused, but in certain disciplines it is an understatement. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, pictures serve an important role. Descriptions of abstract and physical ideas can be represented concisely and systematically in certain pictures. This is especially obvious in diagrams of the human body with the meridians or channels superimposed. The channels are an abstract concept that has no direct physiological analog, and the body is a physical object....   [tags: Analysis] 749 words
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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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The Star Wars Trilogy - ... He said do not try. This reveals Taoism because instead of trying, Luke must do it without thinking. The Force contains the concept of Wu Wei from Taoism. It is when people let go of their surroundings and that is when they will be able to feel other living energies. This is the concept the Force has obtained from Taoism. Not only is Taoism in the Force, Hinduism is also utilized in the idea of the Force. Hinduism is used in the Force when Yoda talks about fear leading to suffering. This will lead to the dark side of the Force and then people will not be able to join with the Force....   [tags: force, power, religions]
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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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The Comparison and Contrast of Daoism and Jainism - Introduction Throughout history, family events that occur the same time from generation to generation are considered convictions or religions. Religions are developed from all areas of the world with specific guidelines and values to lead a balanced spiritual life. Included in the world of events is religion the primary foundation of the life of an individual. According to the textbook, all religions share the goal of reconciliation, tying people back to something behind the surface of life (Fisher, 2014)....   [tags: Eastern religions, philosophy]
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Hinduism, Muslism, Christianity - 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. Yet there are many sects that worship both gods....   [tags: religion essay] 2354 words
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