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What is Taoism?

A way of life inspired by the writing of Lao Tzu

The word "Taoism" applies to several schools of thought, ideas and concepts. Thus, the Lao Tzu's Taoism is a philosophical doctrine developed in the Tao Te Ching (Boo k of Tao and Te). This Taoist discipline is built around the concept-core of the Taoism, that is, the Tao .

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Lao Tzu worshipped as God
in the religious Taoism

There's also the Taoist religion. It has everything of a religious system, including gods, diets recipes, rules and liturgy.

Finally, there are many esoteric schools in search of longevity, alchemical recipes, health and sexual power, immortality and so forth.

Though the best know Taoism is the Tao Te Ching's, the book ascribe to Master Lao.

This Taoism (also called tao-chia = the school of unity with the Tao) is a way of life followed by the disciples aiming at the realization of the unity with the Tao, seen as the creator and sustainer of everything in the universe, including man and nature.

This realization is important because it grants one the method of avoiding failure and suffering by following the trends of nature and emptying the mind.

Many specific concepts are assigned to the Taoist spirituality, such as yin-yang, wu (emptiness), wu-wei (nondoing), fu (return) and so forth.

Unfortunately, most of them are mistaken by Westerners for classic Christian concepts and ideas.

Please keep in mind that Taoism as a way of life, inspired by the writing of Lao Tzu, is not oudated. One may follow this spiritual path even today without having to retreat from the turmoil of modern life.

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