Exploring the Religion of Taoism

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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. Taoism represents the road, path followed in life, the flow of the universe, or the force behind the natural order of life that keeps the universe balanced and ordered. There are several variations of Taoism practiced around the world. Its founder, Lao Tzu, was an archivist to the library of the Emperor and though he never taught, many respected him for his vast knowledge of life and the world. When he left his position as imperial archivist, he moved to the Chinese province of Chou. During this journey, stopped at the province border by imperial guards, he wrote down his teachings. These writings, the major scripture of Taoism, became the Tao Te Ching. It was after Tzu’s death, a man named Yang Chu, a naturalist and philosopher, took up these teachings, and became the first influential teacher of the Tao Te Ching. Chu found his personal beliefs of altruism and survival, what he viewed as the core to human nature, well presented in Tzu’s writings. He further found the ideas of personal integrity and a preservation instinct found in the Tao Te Ching to be powerful statements of honor. The next major influence on the Taoist belief was Chang Tzu. To him, Tzu’s writings defined the truth of life. He went on to write f... ... middle of paper ... ...between the two appears to be responsibility of consequences for actions and the importance of keeping a balance in our lives. The importance of being responsible for personal actions and the consequences these actions bring rings true in any religious faith. We are all only a small part of the larger universe or picture of life. References Kohn, L. (1987). Seven steps to tao: Sima Chengzhenz Zuowaslun : Steyler Verlag Our Ultimate Reality Taoism or the tao religion Retrieved December 3, 2009, from http://www.ourultimatereality.com/Taoism-or-the-tao-religion.html Sprunger, M. An introduction to Taoism Retrieved December 3, 2009, from http://www.urantiabook.org/readers/601_taoism.htm Taoism (2009, December 8); In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:30, December 9, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Taoism&oldid=331362217
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