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Daoism or Taoism
Life of Lao Tzu
Born in 6th Century B.C.
Didn't like the idea that everyone had a specific rank
Creator of Taoism
He thought it was important to embrace nature
He believed it was important to follow the Tao (or the way)
He believed we should learn from nature
When Lao Tzu decided to leave China on an ox and live the rest of his life in Central Asia, a border guard asked him to write down his teachings. This writing later became known as the Dao de Jiua
Taoism began in the 6th century BC
Yin & Yang
Easy way to explain Daoism; balanced
Daoists see nature as being whole (the complete outside circle in the yin yang symbol)
Nature is part of the whole
Yin: Black half, dark, female, quiet, water, moon, earth.
Yang: White half, fire, sun, the heavens, dynamic, male.
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Dao de Jing
Also called The Way and Integrity Classic
It's main writings is memorized by Daoists
Lao Tzu was believed to play a part in writing the Daodejing, although other people contributed their writing as well, which means Tzo wasn't the only one with these thoughts and theory.
Was the earliest set of teachings associated with Daoism
Beliefs of Taoism
Afterlife-- A person is thought to go into the afterlife after death, and continue the cycle through yin & yang
Tao (The Way)
ch'i or qi
Gods & Goddesses
The people of Taoism (Taoists) believed in many gods/goddesses
This includes some of Taoist gods, goddesses and deities: Click
Rules and Laws of Taoism
Laws of Yin-Yang
Whatever exists embodies both yin and yang.
Yin and Yang are mutually immanent in each other, that is, yang contains yin and vice versa.
Any inference that some existence is 100% yang and 0% yin is false, and vice versa.
Laws of Mutual Immanence
The mutuality of yin-yang is also mutually immanent (the second order of mutual immanence), such as: the amount of mutuality of yin-yang in one existent may be y% and thus lack mutuality in the amount of (100-y)%, and vice versa.
Any inference that some existence embodies or lacks the mutuality of yin-yang in the amount of 100% is false, and vice versa.
Laws of Dynamics
Any inference that yin and yang are embodied in any static way is false because existence (tao) is dynamic.
Any inference that the amount of the mutuality of yin-yang and the amount of the lack of mutuality of yin-yang embodied in any existent are in any static way is false, because existence (tao) is dynamic.
One of the main symbols of Taoism is the Yin-Yang
Five element chart: can seen within the human body, within an ecosystem, or within any other living system. When the elements of a system are in balance, the cycles of generation and control function to both nourish and contain one another. When the elements are out of balance, they "overact" one another.
Taijitu Shou, an early version of the yin- yang
Lo Pan Compass: One of Feng Shui's most complex tools. Around a center which houses a compass are many rings, each containing a unique orientation system
Ne Jing Tu: represents the transformations that happen within the bodies of Inner Alchemy^ practitioners.
He Tu & Luo Shu diagram