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It is always present in you You can use it anyway you want -- Lao-tzu Taoism is one of the two great philosophical and religious traditions that originated in China The other philosophy native to China is Confucianism Both Taoism and Confucianism began at about the same time around the sixth century BC Chinas third great religion Buddhism came to China from India around the second century of the common era Together these three faiths have shaped Chinese life and thought for nearly twenty-five hundred years One dominant concept in Taoism and Buddhism is the belief in some form of reincarnation The idea that life does not end when one dies is an integral part of these religions and the culture of the Chinese people Although not accepted by our beliefs its understanding helps build strength in our own religion Reincarnation life after death beliefs are not standardized between the religions Each religion has a different way of applying this concept to its beliefs Ignorance of these beliefs is a sign of weakness in the mind To truly understand ones own religion one must also understand those concepts of the other religions of the world Hopefully this will be enlightenment on the reincarnation concepts as they apply to Taoism and Buddhism The goal in Taoism is to achieve Tao to find the way Tao is the ultimate reality a presence that existed before the universe was formed and which continues to guide the world and everything in it Tao is sometimes identified as the Mother or the source of all things That source is not a god or a Supreme Being as with Christians for Taoism is not monotheistic The focus is not to worship one god but instead on coming into harmony with Tao Tao is the essence of everything that is right and complications exist only because people choose to complicate their own lives Desire ambition fame and selfishness are seen as hindrances
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