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Taoism and Buddism - buddha religionTaoism is one of the two great philosophical and religious traditions that originated in China The other religion native to China is Confucianism Both Taoism and Confucianism began atabout the same time around the sixth century BCE Chinas third great religion Buddhismcame to China from India around the second century of the common era Together these threefaiths have shaped Chinese life and thought for nearly twenty-five hundred years Hartz 3 One dominate 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 cultureof the Chinese people Reincarnation life after death beliefs are not standardized Eachreligion has a different way of applying this concept to its beliefs This paper will describe thereincarnation concepts as they apply to Taoism and Buddhism and then provide a comparison ofthe two Taoism The goal in Taoism is to achieve tao to find the way Tao is the ultimate reality a presencethat existed before the universe was formed and which continues to guide the world andeverything in it Tao is sometimes identified as the Mother or the source of all things Thatsource is not a god or a supreme being as Taoism is not monotheistic The focus is not toworship one god but instead on coming into harmony with tao Hartz 8 Tao is the essence of everything that is right and complications exist only because peoplechoose to complicate their own lives Desire ambition fame and selfishness are seen ashindrances to a harmonious life It is only when a person rids himself of all desires can tao beachieved By shunning every earthly distraction the Taoist is able to concentrate on life itself The longer the persons life the more saintly the person is presumed to have become Eventuallythe hope is to become immortal to achieve tao to
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