Taoism, Confucianism, And Buddhism

1712 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
Taoism is a religious, philosophical and ritual tradition originating in around the 3rd or 4th century. I plan to pursue how the religion was affected by the culture in which it arose. Specifically focusing on the fact that there are no real deities in Taoism. How Taoism, or Daoism, was shaped and influenced by Chinese culture, as well as presenting how Daoism has formed and prospered in Chinese civilization with both Confucianism and Buddhism as an influence. The teachings of the Dao De Jin, or Tao Te Ching, and other religious text will be explored in the context of societal influence.
According to Littlejohn Taoism is commonly acknowledged as “the oldest indigenous philosophic-spiritual tradition of China and one of the most ancient of the world’s spiritual structures.” As one of China’s largest religions, a feat that it shares with both Confucianism and Buddhism, Taoism has tremendous influence on the cultural, social, and political life of the Chinese. The teachings of the Taoist peoples with their philosophically oriented worldview specifically draw from their texts the Tao Te Ching, the Zhuangzi and the Liezi, which have a lot of interpretations and translations into multiple languages.
The formation of Taoism came after the ruling house of Zhou had lost its authority; increasing violence between the states plagued the rulers and aided those contending for imperial power. Increasing crisis in ancient Zhou culture and budding erosion of Confucian rituals performed by…
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