Whenever one thinks of Taoism beliefs he/she must figure out a huge mixture made of ancient traditions, philosophies and rituals/superstitions related to Taoism tradition itself.
Tao is known as the creator and sustainer (motor) of the universe (Wang-Wu - the 10.000 thing). It is also the model of conduct for the Taoist disciples and masters (saints).
This conduct is shaped by several concepts such as Wu-Wei (translated nondoing), Wu (emptiness), and Fu (return). Each of these concepts may trace specific ways of being and acting. Generally speaking they are the very core of the Taoism or the Way. Moreover, they are mainly described in the Tao-te ching (considered to be the Taoists' basic source of inspiration).
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.
Experts studying Taoism agree that these 2 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 experience.
On this site we approach the Tao-Chia school or 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.
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