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  • -Known both as a Philosophy and a Religion -One of the most ancient religions know; earliest historical records date back 2500 years ago. -Originated from China -“Tao”=The Way= To balance the opposite energies of yin and yang -Taoism is hard to define because there are many different traditions for different people Taoists absorb many ideas from other religions.\n\n
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  • -Philosophical Taoism came first -Philosophical Taoism does not emphasize gods, rituals or magical practices. People in China mostly practice the religious form of Taoism while people outside of America practice Philosophical Taoism. Philosophy= views, values, lessons/ Religion= views, values, lessons plus gods, rituals, and other practices. Tao Te Ching was written for philosophical views and taken and changed to be used by religious people as well.\n
  • -Yin and Yang are opposites -“The Way”= balancing yin and yang -yang is female/ yin is male -They are different but without each other their is nothing- Symbolism of many things. -Yin is black; Yang is white\n
  • -life force -exists in everything - “Virtual Matter” - yin chi (p’o)/yang chi (hun)- certain places attract chi such as mountains and rivers.- Feng Shui is used to make the best of the present chi; can bring in more chi- medation- qigong- Tai Chi\n
  • -While there is no main “Leader” of Taoism; Laozi(means “old one”) is the most important figure in Taoism -May not have even existed -Theories; might be multiple people and their ideas and ethics - 2nd century B.C says his actaully name is Li Ehr- Was a Confucius.-Slightly older than Confucius- Laozi didn't like the ways of Confucius such as that people needed to leanr and gain knowledge to improve; Laozi beleived people were born good \n
  • -Worked in the royal palace of Luoyang, the capital city during the Zhou dynasty -Archivist -at age ninety he left the City on a water Buffalo; before leaving a border guard asked him to write down all of his thoughts- he wrote Tao Te Ching which is the most important book and the first book on Philisophical Taoism.\n
  • -Goal=immortality -Founder of Taoism is Lao-Tze. -Has Gods, Deities, Writings, etc. like every other religion. -At first was a philosophy, changed to a religion later. -Buddhism spread from India into China and people that were philosophical Taoists also joined some Buddhists beliefs to create Religious Taoism. \n
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  • -Taoism is very different to everyone; ex. Some people believe in an after life and some don’t -\n
  • -There are many gods and Deities apart of Taoism -Gods for everything; earth, heaven, immortality, regions of the earth, walls ect. - Gods are separated like a government system- 1.three pure ones= heaven, earth, human beings 2.Jade Emperors’s Court=Ruled by the Jade Emperor, Ling Pao and court of lower gods.\n
  • 3.The 8 immortals= Appears as humans and help people on earth when needed. 4. Demons= hurricanes, typhoons, people that weren't properly buried; cause sickness and other bad stuff -yin and yang/ good and evil/ always balanced\n
  • -Most sacred areas are mountains -Other important areas are rivers and caves- where shrines are built - give off more chi (energy) -5 sacred peaks 1.T’ai, Heng, Heng, Hua, Song -feng shui - Bring health and happiness \n
  • New Years is the the first day (to us the first day of February); Rebirth of Yang(good energy); Offer up sweets to the three pure ones -calendar=three parts 1.Reign of the Spirits of Heaven (lasts six months) 2.Reign of Forgiver of sins 3.reign of water spirits. -Each have festivals relating to each -There is no regular worship like church -there are temples but you go only when you need to -12 months according to the 5 elements- 60 year cycle of the 60 generals under leadership of the Jade Emperor \n
  • -2 parts to soul; hun (yang chi) represents the spiritual and intellectual aspects and p’o (yin chi) represents your physical body.- Hun body stays on earth and p’o soul goes to hell -Funeral rituals are performed to settle the hun soul- After death you go to the Underworld (hell)- Judged by their deeds on earth- Karma- They must pay off their bad deeds on earth then they may be reincarnated back to Earth with a different p’o.- Priests are paid to help thier spirits go through hell as quickly as possible- People try to become immortal and escape death completely - While many people are Taoist many of them have different views; some Taoists dont believe in Reincarnation.- Dying should not be feared; it is the next step in life; from being to non-being; when you die you become apart of the Tao.\n
  • While many people are Taoist many of them have different views; some Taoists dont believe in Reincarnation.- Dying should not be feared; it is the next step in life; from being to non-being; when you die you become apart of the Tao.\n
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  • -Taoism was first a Philosophy -Lao Tzu -does not emphasize gods, rituals or magical practices -Generally practiced by people in places in America (not so much Religious Taoism) -T’ai Chi -Qigong -Feng Shui - \n
  • Non Action -Meditation= non action clears the mind -Action Without Action -Brings yourself in harmony with the natural order -Be one with nature -By doing nothing something happens. -Become Equal with Tao “The Path”\n
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Taoism slides rough draft Taoism slides rough draft Presentation Transcript

  • TaoismSean Leonard
  • Thesis• Taoism, a religion and philosophy that is over 2000 years old and has an interesting view on life and the way we handle tasks in our lives; by teaching classmates about a different religion and philosophy they can open up their minds and think in a different way. People spread their beliefs and views on the world and how to live their lives throughout time; In this time and age the fastest way to share information is the internet.•
  • Personal Relevance
  • Taoism In General • Philosophy • Religion • 2500 thousand years ago • Tao “The Way”http://people.howstuffworks.com/taoism-and-chi.htmMeditation:The Complete Guide
  • Tao
  • Difference Between Religion and Philosophy • Philosophy came first • Tao Te Ching Meditation: The Complete Guide Taoism World Religion Taoismhttp://media.photobucket.com/image/daoism+/sterlingsin/TaiShan%2520etc/ 100_0342.jpg#!oZZ13QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F %2Fmedia.photobucket.com%2Fimage%2Fdaoism%2FConnieandStan %2F096.jpg%3Fo%3D13
  • Yin and Yang • Yang-male, good, hot, strong,light, ect. • Yin- female, bad, cold, weak, dark, ect. Meditation: The Complete Guide Taoismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Yin_and_Yang.svg
  • Chi• Life Force• Mountains and rivers• Tai Chi, Qigong, Feng Shui Book- Meditation: The Complete Guide dfd Book- Taoismhttp://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/China/East/Zhejiang/Hangzhou/photo11478.htm
  • Laozi (Lao-Tzu) • “Old One” • Confucius Taoism World Religionshttp://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/l/lao/tzu/
  • Lao-Tzu cont. • City of Luoyang • Tao Te Ching Taoism World Religionshttp://www.confuciusonline.com/featured/9830
  • Taoism as a Religion • Immortality • Gods • Buddhism Taoismhttp://toursonline.cn/activities/index.asp
  • History of Taoism
  • Beliefs (religion)
  • Gods/ Deities and Types of Gods • 1.Three Pure Ones • 2.Jade Emperor’s Court Taoism Taoism World Religionshttp://chianghaimag.blogspot.com/2010_06_01_archive.html
  • Types of Gods • 3.The 8 immortals • 4.Demons Taoism Taoism World Religionshttp://www.seismologik.com/journal/tag/typhoon-megi
  • Sacred Areas • T’ai • Heng • Heng • Hua • Song Taoismhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/ericennotamm/4573286918/
  • Time (Calendar) • Reign of the Spirits of Heaven • Reign of the Forgiver of sins • Reign of the Water Spirits • 12 months/ 60 year cylce Taoism World Religons Taoismhttp://www.wu-hai-lung.ws/60_year_cycle_gods.htm
  • Life and Death • Hun (Yang Chi) • P’o (Yin Chi) • Underworld and Kama • Reincarnation • Spirit Paper Taoism Taoism World Religionshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/shaireproductions/5428369271/
  • Death cont.• Different Views• Becoming apart of Tao Taoism Taoism World Religionshttp://www.stanford.edu/~krisadak/gemsofwisdom.htm
  • Schools of Teaching
  • Taoism as a Philosophy • America and other Eastern Countries Meditation: The complete Guide Taoism World Religionshttp://www.livestrong.com/article/212020-the-way-of-qigong/
  • Wu Wei • Non-Action • Action without Action • Natural Order Taoism World Religionshttp://www.last.fm/user/DrUgDEn
  • Feng Shui
  • Tai Chi
  • QiGong
  • Taoist Arts
  • Philosophical Thinkings
  • Philosophical Books
  • Tao Te Ching
  • Book of “How to live your life”
  • Crap load of slidestalking about quotes.
  • Taoism Today
  • Application- Web Site• Show them the website.
  • Feng Shui- My Room• Show them pictures and the website
  • Tai Chi- My experiences• Show them my website
  • Qi Gong- My Experiences• Show them my website
  • Class Activity• 1.• 2.• 3.
  • Works Cited
  • Conclusion