Taoism Presentation<br />Listening and Speaking Presentation<br />
Story of Taoism <br />The history of Taoism stretches throughout Chinese history. Originating in prehistoric China, it has exerted a powerful influence over Chinese culture throughout the ages. Taoism evolved in response to changing times, its doctrine and associated practices revised and refined. The acceptance of Taoism by the ruling class has waxed and waned, alternately enjoying periods of favor and rejection. But it was always the backbone of most of Chinese society. Most recently, Taoism has emerged from a period of suppression and is undergoing a revival in China.<br />It says that in the VI century b.Ca guy named Lao Tse which is from China wrote a book in the year 600 b.C in which all this topics of the Taoism were explained.All the topics of the Taoism started in the III century b.C but it didn’t became a religion untill the II century a.C.<br />
Concepts, beliefs and practices<br /><ul><li>Tao is the first-cause of the universe. It is a force that flows through all life.
The Tao surrounds everyone and therefore everyone must listen to find enlightenment."
A believer's goal is to harmonize themselves with the Tao.
Taoism has provided an alternative to the Confucian tradition in China. The two traditions have coexisted in the country, region, and often within the same individual.
Time is cyclical, not linear as in Western thinking.
Each person must nurture the Ch'i (air, breath) that has been given to them.
Development of virtue is one's chief task. The Three Jewels to be sought are compassion, moderation and humility.
Taoists follow the art of "wuwei," which is to let nature take its course. For example, one should allow a river to flow towards the sea unimpeded; do not erect a dam which would interfere with its natural flow.
One should plan in advance and consider carefully each action before making it.</li></li></ul><li>Why do we use the Taoism?<br />Fortune-telling—including astrology, I Ching, and other forms of divination—has long been considered a traditional Taoist pursuit. Medium ship is also widely encountered in some sects. There is an academic and social distinction between martial forms of medium ship (such as tongji) and the spirit-writing that is typically practiced through planchette writing.<br />Many Taoists also participate in the study, analysis and writing of books. Taoists of this type tend to be civil servants, elderly retirees, or in modern times, university faculty. While there is considerable overlap with religious Taoism, there are often important divergences in interpretation. For example, Wang Bi, one of the most influential philosophical commentators on the Laozi (and Yijing), was a Confucian.<br />A number of martial arts traditions, particularly T'ai Chi Ch'uan, BaguaZhang, Wing Chun, Won Yuen Yat Hey Jueng, Bak Mei Pai, Bok FouPai, Yaw Gong Moon and Xing Yi Quan, embody Taoist principles to a greater or lesser extent, and some practitioners consider their art to be a means of practicing Taoism<br />