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Taoism It is always present in you You can use it anyway you want-- Lao-tzu Taoism pronounced Dowism is one of the two great philosophical and religious traditions that originated in China the other being 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 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 Complications wrongfulness in life exist only because people choose to complicate their own lives Desire ambition fame and selfishness are seen as hindrances to a harmonious life It is only when one rids himself of all desires can Tao be achieved By shunning every earthly distraction the Taoist is able to concentrate on life itself The longer the ones life the closer to Tao one is presumed to have become Eventually the hope is to become immortal to achieve tao to have reached the deeper life This is the afterlife for a Taoist -- to be in harmony with the universe The relationship between life and
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