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Taoism 101

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Transcript of Taoism 101

Tao Te Ching
Tao literally means "the path" or "The Way" Tao is a force. It is everything that's natural, it is the nature of the world and the way it works . It's not a God. It's everywhere, all at once.It is all around us and we are all affected by it, even if we don 't realize it, it flows through all entities--living and non-living. One of the goals of a Taoist is to become intune with Tao.
Lieh Tzu

Wu Wei

Wu Wei means "non-action" or " not doing" It is the idea of "action less action". One does not need to be aggressive to make things happen or to win battles. It also means that one should know when and how to act or not act and not to think of it. It should be natural.

Examples:. An artist does not rush his/her work or a tree grows naturally without thinking of it. It is in its nature.
The Yin
The yin is the dark, feminine part. It is slow, soft, It is associated with the femininity and Night
The Yang
The Yang is the active, light, masculine part.
These parts balance and coincide with each other in the World. The little yin inside the the yang is the bad inside the good and the little yang inside the yin is the good inside the bad. TAOISTS BELIEVE NOTHING IS ENTIRELY GOOD OR BAD
The Yang is hard, fast, solid and aggressivet is asociated with masculinity and daytime.
Sacred Writings of Taoism
The Chuang Tzu

The Tao Te Ching
The Chuang Tzu; written by Chuang Tzu book of stories focusing on uniting with Tao by abandoning the structure of society. It does not trust the government

The Tao Te Ching is a collection of eighty one short poems that advises leaders . It was written by Laozu (Laozi)
In Taoist cosmology the Bagua or more common name. Eight Trigram is a symbol good and the bad in all the following eight elements in nature.

Heaven(Sky), Wind, Water, Mountain, Earth, Thunder, Fire, River/Lake
The golden rule is esential in both religions which is "Do onto others as you would like done to yourself"

A Taoist attempts to be on the path that takes you harmony with the Tao.
A Christian puts absolute trust in god and allows god's will to be the guiding force in his life.

The common element is controlling your destiny to a higher power.
both these religions have a set of main laws. Christianity has the 10 commandments while Taoism has the 10 preceps

Christianity and Taoism
Taoists don't have an actual creed but generally believe in that everything originated/ came about by Tao

Tao gives birth to the one
One gives birth to two
Two gives birth to three
Three gives birth to all things
Taoists have the Ten Perceps just like Christians have the 10 commandments
1.Do not kill but always be mindful of the host of living beings.
2.Do not be lascivious or think depraved thoughts.
3.Do not steal or receive unrighteous wealth.
4.Do not cheat or misrepresent good and evil.
5.Do not get intoxicated but always think of pure conduct.
6.I will maintain harmony with my ancestors and family and never disregard my kin.
7.When I see someone do a good deed, I will support him with joy and delight.
8.When I see someone unfortunate, I will support him with dignity to recover good fortune.
9.When someone comes to do me harm, I will not harbor thoughts of revenge.
10.As long as all beings have not attained the Tao, I will not expect to do so myself.

Taoists speak and worship the Eight Immortans and multiple lower gods through Tai Chi and Prayer at Daoist Temples
Taoists are very involved with nature and community. They gather to pray in temples and teach of the Eight Immortals in many schools such as the Wudoumi, Tianshi, and Lingbao. Taoists also participate in Tai Chi sessions with each other in order to relax and pray.
The 4 C's
The International Taoist Tai Chi Centre (in Orangeville, Ontario) was founded by Master Moy Lin-Shin
Master Moy Lin-Shin was a Tai Chi master and a Ta
Master Moy Lin-Shin brought Taoist Tai Chi to Canada
Master Moy Lin-Shin’s legacy, established the Canadian-based International Taoist Tai Chi Society, over 500 locations worldwide
Cultural Impact
Chinese Character is a representation used in writing of Chinese and Japanese
Used in Taoism language

Chinese Characters
"In a nutshell, Taoism is the consolidation of a number of concepts and practices that make up the "Path", or "Way", of living. The consolidation of ideas and concepts include basic principles or "theories" regarding the body, diet, breathing and physical exercises, uses of herbs, philosophical inquiry and, of course, meditation. All of which the Taoist feels brings a human being into closer alignment with the "natural order" of life and living - a pathway that humankind appears to have gotten derailed from." -Madelyn Hamilton
Originated In: China

Founder: Lao Tzu (Laozi) which means "Old Master".
(Interesting fact, his birth took 81 years)

Other Importan tFigure: Chuang Tzu is sort of the second founder of Taoism. Like Lao Tzu, his life is legendery.

When?: Around 551-479 BCE

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want..

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world
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