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The Ideas of Taoism in the Tao Te Ching
The Taoist teachings are ones based mostly around balance of things in this world and explained with concepts that are not as rational as other philosophies. Taoism doesn’t look to give concrete answers though has similar concepts to other philosophies such as “ming” which is a complete enlightenment reached when yin and ya...
The Idea of Confucianism
Confucianism Essay Confucianism is based around ideas respecting elders and older generations as well as those in authority to maintain balance in society. Where these elders and people of authority are expected to maintain honorable actions and lives in the eyes of god to keep their positons of authority. A base idea of...
Happiness in Tao Te Ching and The Color Of Water, an Autobiography of the McBride Family
The desire to achieve happiness is something that all people share. The possibility of achieving happiness drives people to make very important life decisions that can dramatically affect people’s futures. For example, an almost universally shared goal among people is to acquire money and wealth because many people relate h...
A Comparison between Daoism and Confucianism
Daoism is one of the two great philosophical and religious traditions that started in China. Both Taoism and Confucianism originated at about the same time, around the sixth century B.C. Taoism and Buddhism share the same belief of rebirth. The idea that life does not end when one dies is an important partof these religions...
A Comparison between the Life and Philosophy of Xunzi and Mencius, two Disciples of Confucius
Mencius (385-312 B.C.E.) and Xunzi (310-219 B.C.E.) are two prominent disciples of Confucius who lived during the Warring States period, with Xunzi’s lifetime set in the late stages of the period. During this period, the Zhou Dynasty gradually devolved into brutal warfare between several feudal states, with the state of Qi...
A Comparison between the Philosophies of Yi Hwang and Yulgok
Confucianism was hugely influential among scholars of many East Asian nations. Among those, two scholars of the Korean Choson Dynasty (1392-1897), Yi Hwang (1501-1570) and Yulgok/Yi I(1536-1584), are inspired by Zhu Xi’s school of Neo-Confucianism. The two scholars lived during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, which saw a resurgen...
An Analysis of the Philosophy of Yin & Yang
The Myth of Sisyphus: Writing a Philosophical Statement Assignment Some people argue that most things in nature only exists as black and white, dark and light, negative and positive. But for things that fall in the middle, where do they belong? For example, in the lunar phase, a new moon is dark while a full moon is compl...
An Analysis of the Chinese Military Training Text, The Art of War by Master Sun Tzu
The Art of War, written by Master Sun Tzu, is an ancient Chinese military training text dating from the fifth Century BC. Composed of thirteen chapters, this archaic document has set the standard for the fundamentals of military training and strategy for 2,500 years. However, it did not reach the edges of Western civilizati...
An Analysis of the Story of Zhang Sanfeng in Connection to Tai Chi
There are many myths surrounding the origin of Tai Chi, which translates to “grand ultimate boxing.” One claim is that Zhang Sanfeng, a Taoist monk, created Tai Chi in 12th century China with a mix of Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian ideology. However modern research indicates that the first mention of Zhang Sanfeng in conne...
A Comparison of the Texts of Laozi and Wei Shou
The section Daoist Teachings is made up of passages from the Laozi and selections from the Zhuangzi. Despite Buddhist Doctrines and Practices, made up of Wei Shou’s Summary of Buddhist Doctrine, Lives of Eminent Monks, and Dedicatory Colophons being Buddhist rather than Daoist, both compilations prize humility and meekness...