The Interaction Of Daoism And Confucianism

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Nazarbayev University
Title: The Interaction of Daoism and Confucianism with Tai Chi Philosophy
REL 213 Chinese Religious Traditions
Zhanna Kurmangaziyeva Chinese religions are diversely implement their philosophy to people’s lives. Religious influence is evident from studying Chinese leisure and activities, such as Tai Chi Chuan. (Wang and Stringer 2000, 33-41) Traditional and religious context directly affected the perception of martial arts and Tai Chi exercises, giving rise to borrowed terminology from spiritual texts. Three main spiritual philosophies that affected Tai Chi development are Confucianism, Yin and Yang, and Daoism. The main concept of Tai Chi Chuan is thought and mind interconnectedness, which was complemented by religious terminology. For example, benevolence termini from Confucianism and Daoism with effortless effectiveness concept are present in modern Tai Chi Chuan philosophy. Although it is possible that governmental structures used Tai Chi to achieve good combat art skills, implementing spiritual
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There are different theories of its origin; however, most supported one is transformation of Confucian traditional rites to fit Daoist philosophy. Spread of Tai Chi occurred with the appearance of Daoist popular practices and its diffusion to Chinese culture (Poceski 2009). Tai Chi Chuan also was affected by Buddhist practices especially by Chan School and was transforming over time. For instance, meditation practices in Chan School involved techniques with beating, shouting, and verbal ramblings to achieve spiritual enlightenment. In spite of Daoist and Chan School popularity, Chinese did not acquire Tai Chi Chuan with Buddhist meditation practices directly. They adapted to traditions already existing in China. Ultimately religious context shaped Tai Chi Chuan philosophy and exercises fitting
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