What is Taoism? Taoism is the most common Chinese philosophy. It is represented by the symbol below called Yin and Yang. Yin andYang represent many things in the universe, including male and female, sun and moon, birth and death. The symbolshows how the two forces are intertwined and in balance with each other. Yin and Yang
Lao Tze Tao (Dao) means way ,path or principle. Taoism(Daoism) was started by aChinese philosopher called Lao Tze ,who was a librarian for the Emperor. Hewas the supreme master in the sixth century BC. Lao Tzu believed that theway to happiness was for people to go with the flow. Instead of trying to doit the hard way, people should take time to figure out the easy way to do it.Then everything would get done more simply. This idea is called “wu-wei”which means doing by not doing. Statue of Lao Tze
Taoist Beliefs Taoists believe good actions will mean a good life for their soul. They are not aloudto tell lies, steal, commit adultery, commit murder or drink alcohol. Taoists alsohave a list of good deeds to further guide their way to live. They are encouraged toobey their elders, love their parents, be tolerant, help others act, stay in excellent ,physical and mental shape, practice self control of mind and body and act withoutthinking of themselves , in other words act selflessly.
Yin and Yang The Yin/Yang symbol represents the interaction and balance of twocomplementary forces in the universe. Yin and Yang have been used to representany two things that naturally go together, such as female and male, dark and light,low and high, cold and hot, water and fire, life and death, heaven and earth.Chinese doctors believe that a lot of illness was caused by too much Yin or Yang.Everyone has the same Yin and Yang in them, and Taoists say that it is important tokeep them in balance. Because everything has this life force in them, Lao Tzethought it was wrong for people to fight each other in wars and kill that life force.