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Taoism

  1. 1.  Tao (pronounced “Dow”) can be roughly translated into English as path, or the way. It is basically indefinable. It has to be experienced. It “refers to a power which envelops, surrounds and flows through all things, living and non-living.  Taoism currently has about 20 million followers.
  2. 2.  Tao is the road towards perfection, perfect balance and perfect harmony.  Tao is the center of authentic and meaningful life.
  3. 3.  Started as a combination of psychology and philosophy but evolved into a religious faith in 440CE when it was adopted as a state religion. At that time Lao-Tse became popularly venerated as a deity. Taoism, along with Buddhism and Confucianism, became one of the three great religions of China.  With the end of the Ch'ing Dynasty in 1911, state support for Taoism ended. Much of the Taoist heritage was destroyed during the next period of warlordism.  After the Communist victory in 1949, religious freedom was severely restricted. Several million monks were reduced to fewer than 50,000 by 1960.  During the cultural revolution in China form 1966 to 1976, much of the remaining Taoist heritage was destroyed.
  4. 4.  The founder of Taoism is Lao-Tse.  Believed by many religious historians to be Lao-Tse (604-479 BCE), whose life overlapped that of Confucius (551-479 BCE).
  5. 5. 1 2 3 4 Tao and Te Wu-wei Naturalness Three Treasures
  6. 6. In this belief, the Universe is seen as being in a constant process of re-creating itself, as everything that exists is a mere aspect of life, diluted, it’s indefinite potential.
  7. 7.  “Tao produced the One The One produced the tow, The two produced the three; And the three produced the ten thousand things.” 1---- 2 --- 3 --- 10000
  8. 8. YIN Feminine  Passive  Darkness  Cold  Weak  Earth; Moon  YANG Masculine  Action  Light  Warmth  Strong  Heaven; Sun  YIN YANG

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