Taoism

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Taoism
Taoism is a religion as well as a philosophy that can be dated all the way back to around 500 B.C. It is one of the two dominant religions in China. Taoism is also termed “Daoism” in the more common language system, called Hanyu Pinyin, representing Chinese letters using Roman letters and is more commonly used amongst China and around the world.
Like the Christian faith, they too use a sacred book, Tao Te Ching written by the great Sage, Lao Tzu as a guidance. This text has been translated almost as much as the Christian Holy Bible it. It consists of 81 poems or chapters that are quite broad and vague and because of this, it can be interpreted and applied universally. It speaks of possible inner greatness but also the
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A sage is one who is simple, tranquil, very open to life, intelligent, and reserved. He is not arrogant and careless to such political affairs, does not seek fame, and does not discriminate opposites but embraces them. The sage is indifferent to success or failure. He understands that life driven by self-centered ambition will never make sense, no matter how successful you are or with how many positive externals you care to adorn it. When one does not let nature take its course, one may fail. He understands that one may very much succeed but also has the ability to very much fail. To be a sage is to be a man of peace. One avoids conflict, and steers away from violence. One is not intimidated of death nor does one fear death. Life itself acquires meaning only when one satisfies ones spiritual needs by living in total harmony with the Tao. He must seek Supreme Ultimate which is the sum of all specific principles. The Supreme Ultimate really is nothing within itself, but “concentration of responsiveness to principle as it is immanent and real in the affairs of daily life.” So to become a sage may seem difficult but achievable if clarity is what is being

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