What is Taoism


Taoism Beliefs

 

Whenever one thinks of Taoism beliefs he/she must figure out a mixture made of ancient traditions, philosophies and rituals/superstitions related to ancient practices..

Lao-tzu the father of Taoism
Lao-tzu, the father of Taoism.
Actually there are two kinds of Taoism: the Tao-chia and the Tao-chiao. The first is related to Lao-tzu and his famous Tao-te ching, and leads to initiation into the spiritual doctrine taught by the Master.

Tao is known as the creator and sustainer of the Universe (Wang-Wu - the 10.000 things). It is also the model of conduct for the Taoist disciples.

This conduct is taught through several concepts such as Wu-Wei (translated nondoing), Wu (emptiness), and Fu (return).

Each of these concepts traces specific ways of being and acting. Generally speaking they are the very core of the Taoism or the Way.

There's also a so called Tao-chiao - the religious and mystical branch of Taoism. It is made of schools and disciplines which follow the ideal of longevity and immortality. Some of these schools are alchemical orientated. Others practice breathing exercises, sexual techniques or specific diet in order to attain their aim.

Tao
The graph for Tao

Experts studying Taoism agree that these two branches are not really separated as one might think. All along the Chinese spiritual history they mingle and influence each other to form many schools of thought and spiritual practice.

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On this site we deal with the Tao-Chia (the School of Unity with the Tao). We explain the basics of this school and help you learn how to apply the Taoist wisdom in your everyday life.

Tao-te ching
Fragment of Tao-te ching
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