Lao Tzu is believed to have written the, Tao Te Ching, Taoism’s oldest sacred text (Taoism 316). Although the work has been edited over the centuries, he is proclaimed the original author. The text a series of writings that comment on the nature of reality, the meaning of life and human significance in the universe, and a description of actions one must follow in order to be in harmony with the universe in life. It is from this knowledge that the Chinese scroll painting of him gains its significance. For a Taoist believer, the work has as much meaning s as an image of an evangelist writing the ... ... middle of paper ... ...s to uncovering the divine essence of the universe.
It was a mystifying religious Chinese text traditionally attributed to Lao Tzu; the Chinese philosopher also known as the “Old Master.” Tao Te Ching describes the Tao “as the totality of universe, an absolute, pervasive principle of all things in the universe, as paradox of opposites, as the true reality of existence beyond the shadows of false appearance, and as the primordial originality and unity”( Newman). According to Taoists, the chief ethical foundation for their life is the Three Jewels: compassion, frugality and humility, often described as the three fundamental virtues which direct Taoists to a path of bravery, generosity, and leadership. These Three Jewels are discussed on several circumstances in Lao Tzu’s classic Chinese text Tao Te Ching. The Three Jewels help Taoists to maintain the balance in nature, and encourages them to comply with what one cannot change rather than fighting adversity at every turn. Although these Three Jewels are all that are required to follow the Tao, they are hard to practice.
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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.
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Ignorance of these beliefs is a sign of weakness in the mind. To truly understand ones own religion, one must also understand those concepts of the other religions of the world. Hopefully this will be an enlightenment on the reincarnation concepts as they apply to Taoism and Buddhism. The goal in Taoism is to achieve tao, to find the way. Tao is the ultimate reality, a presence that existed before the universe was formed and which continues to guide the world and everything in it.
It is widely debated among scholars and among laypeople interested in Confucianism whether or not Confucianism is a religion or just a philosophy with some spiritual aspects. The early dynasties, and some of the ideas developed later by post-Confucius philosophers point to confucianism being more of a religion. The Shang Dynasty was very influential in the formation of Confucianism. This dynasty was a theocracy; the rulers at that time were considered divine. As a matter of fact, the term Shang-di arose, meaning the supreme ruler in heaven, or the lord above.
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