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The original form of Taoism is sometimes called philosophical Taoism or classical Taoism Taoism never even had a name until Buddhism came to China It was nameless Lao Tzu even states that Tao is only used because it is the closest word in meaning Nothing can be said about the Tao without taking away from the meaning When Taoism finally was acknowledged it changed from its strict philosophical path to a religious one with its own priests and holy men For many centuries Taoism was just a way of life followed by peasant farmer and gentleman philosopher and artist They reflected and mediated They learned from the highest teacher nature They meditated using the energy moving through their bodies and mapped out the roads and paths it traveled upon Each man and woman was his or her own priest The connection with the divine or Tao was the sacred trust of each individual Taoism was said to have been created by the father of Taoism Lao Tzu which means Old Sage Lao Tzu was born in 1321 BC He was the keeper of the archives at the imperial courts The legend has it that he went to the west border at age 80 sad because men were unwilling to follow the path of natural goodness At the western border a guard named Yin Xi asked Lao Tzu to record his teachings to him Lao Tzu then wrote the Tao Te Ching In Lao Tzus view things were said to create wei or unnatural action by shaping desires or yu The process of learning the names called ming used in the doctrines helped people to decide which what good and evil beautiful and ugly high and low and being yu and non- being wu He believed that those who seek for and follow the Tao are strong of body clear of mind and sharp of sight and hearing Followers of the Tao do not
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