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Taoism On Death
Death also means the release of bonds, and thus can be regarded as genuine liberation (in the Buddhist sense).
The ancient wise men who are models of conduct for the Taoist disciples were indifferent to death as well to life. Here's a quote fromChuang-tzu about a wise man who thinks in a very peculiar way: "Death and life are great considerations, but they could work no change in him. Though heaven and earth were to be overturned and fall, they would occasion him no loss. His judgment is fixed regarding that in which there is no element of falsehood; and, while other things change, he changes not. The transformations of things are to him the developments prescribed for them, and he keeps fast hold of the author of them." (Book 5, Part 1, Section 5, Translation James Legge).
Finally, death and life (like other opposites) are only byproducts of circumstances as in the following quote: "'Death and life, preservation and ruin, failure and success, poverty and wealth, superiority and inferiority, blame and praise, hunger and thirst, cold and heat; - these are the changes of circumstances, the operation of our appointed lot. Day and night they succeed to one another before us, but there is no wisdomable to discover to what they owe their origination." (Book 5...).
Further notes and quotes.
=> At the Death of Lao-tzu (PDF)
Commentary of the story signed by Chuang-tzu.
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