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Doism is known as the path or the way It refers to a power which envelops surrounds and flows through all things living and non-living The Do regulates natural processes and nourishes balance in the Universe It embodies the harmony of opposites ie there would be no love without hate no light without dark no male without female The Western Reform Taoist Congregation 1998 The founder of Doism was Lao-Tze 604-531 BCE He was searching for a way that would avoid the constant feudal warfare and other conflicts that disrupted life during his lifetime The result was his book Do D Jng Doism started as a combination of psychology and philosophy but evolved into a religion in 440 CE when it was adopted as a state religion At that time Lao-Tze became deity Doism along with Buddhism and Confucianism became the three great religions of China With the end of the Ching Dynasty in 1911 state support for Doism ended Most of the Doist heritage was destroyed during the next period of the warlords After the Communist victory in 1949 religious freedom was severely restricted Close to seven million monks were reduced to fewer than 50000 by 1960 The Taoist Restoration Society TRS 1998 During the cultural revolution in China from 1966 to 1976 most of the remaining Doist heritage was destroyed Some religious tolerance was restored under Deng Xiao-ping from 1982 to the present time Doism currently has about 20 million followers and is primarily centered in Taiwan About 30000 Taoists live in North America 1720 in Canada 1991 censu s Doism has had a significant impact on North American culture in areas of acupuncture herbalism holistic medicine medication and martial arts TRS 1998 Doist Beliefs and Practices Do is the first-cause of the universe It is a force that flows through all life The goal of everyone is to become one with the Tao The concepts of a personified deity and the creation
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