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My peaceful life of Taoism: General introduction
Taoism is a philosophical, ethical or religious tradition of Chinese origin that
emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao. The term Tao means "way", "path", or
"principle" to get along with the nature. Taoism’s theology is not dependent on the
existence of an anthropomorphic godlike figurehead and has more affinities
with pantheistic traditions given its philosophical emphasis on the formlessness of the
Tao. I, myself, am a faithful Taoist (also known as “daoshi” in Chinese) who has
always lived in a life of selfdenial and mortification to practice Yin and Yang for a
transcending state of being part of t nature. Tao, my road, channel, path, doctrine, line
to find immanence in myself. In Taoism, it is the only the one, which is natural,
spontaneous, eternal, nameless and indescribable. It’s at once the beginning of all
things and the way in which all things pursue their course. It has been denoted as the
“flow of the universe”. The active expression of Tao is called Te in a sense that Te
results from an individual living and cultivating the Tao Te is always translated into
Virtue or Power in English. I have been marching towards a combination of Tao and
TE since. I unconsciously realized my mission of being a Taoist. The ambiguous term
Wu-Wei constitutes the leading ethical concept in Taoism. Wu carries the meaning of
“there is no” or “lacking without”, while Wei refers to any international or deliberated
action. Common translations are “nonaction”, “effortless action” or “action without
intent”. The meaning is sometimes emphasized by using the paradoxical expression
action without action. Taoism does not identify ones will as the root problem. Rather,
it asserts that one must place their will in harmony with the natural universe. Thus to
me, a potentially harmful interference may be avoided and in this way, goals can be
achieved effortlessly. By Wu-Wei, the sage seeks to come into harmony with the great
Tao, which itself accomplishes by nonaction. Taoism Meditation in order to attain
naturalness, which is a central value in Taoism. One can only maintain inner peace
through the yielding nature of water. Daoist meditation practices are central to
Chinese martial arts, especially the qi-related Nei Jia “internal martial arts”. Some
well-known examples are Daoyin “guiding and pulling”, Qigong “life-energy
exercises”, Neigong “internal exercises” Neidan “internal alchemy” and Taijiquan
“great ultimate boxing” which is thought of as moving meditation. One common
explanation contrasts “movement in stillness” referring to energetic visualization of
Qi circulation in Qigong and zuochan “seated meditation” verse “stillness in
movement” referring to a state of meditative calm in Taijiquan forms. The Tao that

After Laozi and Zhuangzi. but in general they tend to emphasize wu-wei (action through non-action). Throughout Chinese history. is widely considered the keystone work of this philosophy. these classic texts provide the philosophical foundation of Taoism deriving from the 8 trigrams (bagua) of Fu Xi in the 2700s BCE in China. Taoism also had influence on surrounding societies in Asia. the I Ching. Together with the writings of Zhuangzi.[2] The Tao Te Ching. Chan (Zen) Buddhism. the various combinations of which creates the 64 hexagrams as documented in the I Ching. a compact and ambiguous book containing teachings attributed to Laozi (Chinese: 老子. and humility. and is heavily influenced and informed by the acknowledged oldest text of ancient Chinese classics. moderation. Beyond China.can be said is not the eternal Tao. Taoism has had a profound influence on Chinese culture in the course of the centuries. the literature of Taoism grew steadily and was compiled in form of a canon—the Daozang—which was published at the behest of the emperor. which prescribes a system of philosophical thought on the ethics of human behaviours based on articulating cycles of change in the natural and social worlds by means of gua or hexagrams. diverged sharply from Confucian thoughts by scorning rigid rituals and social classes.[1] Daoism as Taoism is sometimes referred. which interprets and adds to the teaching of Laozi. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. simplicity. . feng shui. and the Three Treasures: compassion. "naturalness". Taoist propriety and ethics may vary depending on the particular school. Chinese alchemy (especially neidan). Wade– Giles: Lao Tzu). Taoism drew its cosmological notions from the tenets of the School of Yin Yang. and clerics of institutionalised Taoism (Chinese: 道士. Taoism was several times nominated as a state religion. and includes instructions for divination practice still adhered to by modern-day religious Taoists. several martial arts. spontaneity. pinyin: Lǎozǐ. and many styles of qigong have been intertwined with Taoism throughout history. Chinese astrology. traditional Chinese medicine. pinyin:dàoshi) usually take care to note distinction between their ritual tradition and the customs and practices found in Chinese folk religion as these distinctions sometimes appear blurred.

claims adherents in a number of societies. Taiwan. however. and although it does not travel readily from its Asian roots. Today. . Japan and in Southeast Asia. it fell from favor. Taoism is one of five religions officially recognized in China. [3] Taoism also has sizable communities in Hong Kong.After the 17th century.