The Tao, Te Tao

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Through religion adherents are enabled to fulfill our need to search for and find meaning within our own lives. Many religions help to provide its followers with this fulfillment through the principal beliefs, which are held as sacred. Followers of Daoism follow traditions based on philosophy and connectedness to nature and the world around us. Through this Daoists are enabled to forge a strong bond with the world around them, using it to empower them, this then allows for the followers to feel fulfillment in their lives as they strive to attain inner peace and immortality.

Daoism revolves around our interaction with Tao and the flow of Chi. The Tao (otherwise known as the way) can be described as the order of the universe affecting everything throughout life. Humans cannot understand the Tao and its working throughout the universe. The Tao manifests itself within our world in many different forms, it is found within nature, the world and the universe. The Tao Te Ching written by Laozi describes the Tao as “The Tao that can be spoken of is not the constant Tao; The name that can be named Is not the constant Name.” (Tao Te Ching Chapter 1) Another description of the Tao comes from the sage Chuang Tzu who defines the Tao as “The way is to man as rivers and lakes are to fish, the natural condition of life.” ( From this we can see how the Tao is a concept that cannot be understood, it is a part of the supernatural world transcending anything that we can

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