What is Taoism?

  • (noun): Religion adhering to the teaching of Lao-tzu.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Taoism (modernly: Daoism) is a philosophical and religious tradition that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (modernly romanized as "Dao"). The term Tao means "way", "path" or "principle", and can also be found in Chinese philosophies and religions other than Taoism. In Taoism, however, Tao denotes something that is both the source and the driving force behind everything that exists. It is ultimately ineffable: "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao."

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Christianity In Macau - Traditional Beliefs - Taoism
... Taoism was first introduced to Macau in the third century ... Elements of it have since largely been practiced alongside Buddhism ...
Taoism And Death
... Religious Taoism holds that the body is filled with spirits and monsters, and prescribes a number of rituals that must be performed so that these spirits are able to guard the body ... Taoism is also known for people believing that there is eternal life ... In Taoism when one dies if they need to be contacted it is done so through meditation by an alchemist ...
Sangō Shiiki - Contents
... in a dialectic style comparing and critiquing Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism ... In volume two, Kyobō Inji critiques Confucianism from a Taoism position ... Finally, in volume three, Kamei Kotsuji critiques Taoism from a Buddhist position ...
Taoism - Relations With Other Religions and Philosophies
... De are religious and philosophical terms shared between Taoism and Confucianism ... The entry of Buddhism into China was marked by interaction and syncretism, with Taoism in particular ... Originally seen as a kind of "foreign Taoism", Buddhism's scriptures were translated into Chinese using the Taoist vocabulary ...

More definitions of "Taoism":

  • (noun): Popular Chinese philosophical system based in teachings of Lao-tzu but characterized by a pantheism of many gods and the practices of alchemy and divination and magic.
    Synonyms: Hsuan Chiao
  • (noun): A Chinese sect claiming to follow the teaching of Lao-tzu but incorporating pantheism and sorcery in addition to Taoism.
  • (noun): Philosophical system developed by of Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu advocating a simple honest life and noninterference with the course of natural events.
    Synonyms: Daoism