The differences between Confucius and Lao-tzu (Taoism or Daoism

One, Confucius, committed to bring the social and political life to order, is obsessed with the rites and justice and generally speaking with the way of ruling of ancient kings. The other, Lao Tzu, rather interested in acquiring the peace and inner equilibrium, is the promoter of the non-doing and wu (emptiness) that lead to the unity with the Tao.

Chinese philosophical tradition, initially based on the ideas of µLaozi¶ (Lao-tzu) and Zhuangzi (Chuang-tzu, 369±286 BC). The Tao is the µway¶ governing all human existence, which in Taoist terms (unlike the human-interrelational harmony of Confucianism) lies in harmony between the individual and the natural world. Appropriate conduct arises from such harmony. From these origins as a life-philosophy, Taoism developed (1st-c BC) as a cult, its idealized dream-world readily absorbing primitive mystical and shamanistic beliefs. Rapid expansion occurred from the 3rd-c AD, and headquarters were established in Jiangxi province from 748 to 1927. Favoured as a court religion under the Sui and Tang dynasties (590±906), Taoism came into conflict with Buddhism, and the latter was suppressed (845). In 1281, Taoism itself was suppressed by Kublai Khan, and many books destroyed, but rose again to favour under Ming emperors (1368±1644). It has been important in its close connections with alchemy, its influence on Chan Buddhism, and its impact on Chinese writers and painters. Confucianism is a Chinese ethical and philosophical system originally developed from the teachings of the early Chinese sage Confucius. Confucius was the founder of the teachings of Confucianism. Confucianism is a complex system of moral, social, political, philosophical, and religious thought which has had tremendous influence on the culture and history of East Asia up to the 21st century. Some people in Europe have considered it to have been the "state religion" in East Asian countries because of governmental promotion of Confucianist values and needs.

Confucianism is a philosophy originated by the Chinese Philosopher, Confucius, which teaches that Logic and reason can solve all human problems, and rejects excessive emotion and superstition. Confucianism also teaches that following the traditions of early Chinese culture is the best way to organize society. Traditional Ritual, Music and Poetry are also seen as important tools in maintaining societal harmony. The main source of confucian teaching are the collected sayings of confucius. Daoism on the other hand was started by Lao Tzu, and is mainly concerned with living a balanced life based on following Nature. Lau Tzu saw the natural world as a sort of teacher which could impart wisdom to mankind if we only observed it and modeled our lives on what we see in nature. Extremes are to be avoided, passivity is encouraged over force, going with the flow of things and avoiding conflict is the goal. A good Daoist observation would be that a small stream will eventually wear down a solid rock or mountain over millions of years, therefore being slow, gentle and flexible like water, is more effective than being unbendable and hard as a rock.

while Lao Tzu wandered beyond the constraints of bondages through non-doing (wuwei) to achieve inner equilibrium . emphasized spontaneity. Lao Tzu. Confucius talked specifically about how human relationship should be managed.If Confucius is an engineer. Confucius was obsessed with the rites and justice. on the other hand. . then Lao Tzu is a romantic.

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