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TaoismIt is always present in you You can use it anyway you want-- Lao-tzuTaoism is one of the two great philosophical and religious traditionsthat originated in China The other philosophy native to China isConfucianism Both Taoism and Confucianism began at about the sametime around the sixth century BC Chinas third great religionBuddhism came to China from India around the second century of thecommon era Together these three faiths have shaped Chinese life andthought for nearly twenty-five hundred years One dominate concept inTaoism and Buddhism is the belief in some form of reincarnation Theidea that life does not end when one dies is an integral part of thesereligions and the culture of the Chinese people Although not acceptedby our beliefs its understanding helps build strength in our ownreligion Reincarnation life after death beliefs are not standardizedbetween the religions Each religion has a different way of applyingthis concept to its beliefs Ignorance of these beliefs is a sign ofweakness in the mind To truly understand ones own religion one mustalso understand those concepts of the other religions of the worldHopefully this will be an enlightenment on the reincarnation concepts asthey apply to Taoism and BuddhismThe goal in Taoism is to achieve tao to find the way Tao is theultimate reality a presence that existed before the universe was formedand which continues to guide the world and everything in it Tao issometimes identified as the Mother or the source of all things Thatsource is not a god or a supreme being as with Christians for Taoism isnot monotheistic The focus is not to worship one god but instead oncoming into harmony with tao Tao is the essence of everything that isright and complications exist only because people choose to complicatetheir own lives Desire ambition fame and selfishness are seen ashindrances to a harmonious life It is only when one rids himself ofall desires can tao be achieved By shunning every earthly distractionthe Taoist is able to concentrate on
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