Taoism???????????????

okay so i have some questions about this religion, please help me.
1. What is the hearth of taoism?
2. Who is the god for taoism
3. who founded taoism
4. what is taoism’s holy book?
5. what are some holidays?
6. who teaches it?
7. what are sacred sites
8. what are the basic beliefs
9. what are major sects
10. and how did taoism spread?

thank you so much for helping me πŸ™‚

4 thoughts on “Taoism???????????????

  1. As a student of taoism I would say that 100% of the lesson would be in finding these answers yourself. If you have a particular question someone will help you.

  2. 1. Tai Chi & Feng Shui.
    2. Taoism has numerous deities (Polytheistic religion).
    3. Lao Tzu.
    4. Tao Te Ching.
    5. Chinese New Year (also Holy to Confucianists & Chinese Buddhists).
    6. Taoist monks & nuns.
    7. Natural sites in China(it is a nature-based religion).
    8. Seeking one with the Tao(aka ‘the Way).
    9. Chen is one(actually it is a new sect); Neo Taoism; the Ascended Masters, & a few other sects.
    10. I believe that it stayed mainly in China, or it spread when people from China emigrated to other countries.

  3. Can’t you find these answers on Wikipedia?

    Taoism’s origins may be traced to prehistoric Chinese religions in China; to the composition of the Tao Te Ching (3rd or 4th century BCE); or to the activity of Zhang Daoling (2nd century AD). Alternatively, one could argue that Taoism as a religious identity only arose later, by way of contrast with the newly-arrived religion of Buddhism, or with the fourth-century codification of the Shangqing and Lingbao texts.[1]

    Other accounts credit Laozi (legendary author of the Tao Te Ching) as the teacher of both Buddha and Confucius. In some sects of religious Taoism, Laozi had thirteen incarnations, including the Three August Ones and Five Emperors, up until his last as Laozi who lived over 800 years. They correlate early Taoism with ancient picture writing, which they associate with mysticism and ancestor worship.

    Taoism has never been a unified religion, but has rather consisted of numerous teachings based on various revelations. Therefore, different branches of Taoism often have very distinct beliefs. Nevertheless, there are certain core beliefs that nearly all the schools share.[15]
    [edit] Principles

    Taoist theology emphasizes various themes found in the Daodejing and Zhuangzi, such as naturalness, vitality, peace, “non-interference/non-resistance” (wu wei), emptiness (refinement), detachment, flexibility, receptiveness, spontaneity, the relativism of human ways of life, ways of speaking and guiding behavior.
    [edit] Tao
    Main article: Tao

    “Tao” is usually translated as road, channel, path, way, doctrine, or line.[16] Wing-tsit Chan stated that Tao meant system of morality to Confucianists, but the natural, eternal, spontaneous, indescribable way things began and pursued their course to Taoists.[17] Hansen disagrees that these were separate meanings and attributes.[18] Cane asserts Tao can be roughly stated to be the flow of the universe, or the force behind the natural order, equating it with the influence that keeps the universe balanced and ordered.[19] Martinson says that Tao is associated with nature, due to a belief that nature demonstrates the Tao.[20] The flow of qi, as the essential energy of action and existence, is often compared to the universal order of Tao. Tao is compared to what it is not, which according to Keller is similar to the negative theology of Western scholars.[21] It is often considered to be the source of both existence and non-existence. LaFargue asserts that Tao is rarely an object of worship, being treated more like the Indian concepts of atman and dharma.[22]

    Spirituality

    Taoists believe that man is a microcosm for the universe.[12] The body ties directly into the Chinese five elements. The five organs correlate with the five elements, the five directions and the seasons.[33] Akin to the Hermetic maxim of “as above, so below”, Taoism posits that man may gain knowledge of the universe by understanding himself.[34]

    In Taoism, even beyond Chinese folk religion, various rituals, exercises, and substances are said to positively affect one’s physical and mental health. They are also intended to align oneself spiritually with cosmic forces, or enable ecstatic spiritual journeys.[35][36] These concepts seem basic to Taoism in its elite forms. Internal alchemy and various spiritual practices are used by some Taoists to improve health and extend life, theoretically even to the point of physical immortality.[12]

    Scripture:

    Tao Te Ching
    See also: Tao Te Ching

    The Tao Te Ching, or Daodejing, is widely considered to be the most influential Taoist text.[45] It is a foundational scripture of central importance in Taoism purportedly written by Lao Tzu sometime in the 3rd or 4th centuries BCE.[46] However, the precise date that it was written is still the subject of debate: there are those who put it anywhere from the 6th century BCE to the 3rd century BCE.[47] It has been used as a ritual text throughout the history of religious Taoism.[48]

    Taoist commentators have deeply considered the opening lines of the Tao Te Ching. They are widely discussed in both academic and mainstream literature. A common interpretation is similar to Korzybski’s observation that “the map is not the territory”.[49] The opening lines, with literal and common translation, are:

    ι“ε―ι“οΌŒιžεΈΈι“γ€‚ (Tao (way or path) can be said, not usual way)
    “The Way that can be described is not the true Way.”
    εε―εοΌŒιžεΈΈεγ€‚ (names can be named, not usual names)
    “The Name that can be named is not the constant Name.”

    Tao literally means “path” or “way” and can figuratively mean “essential nature”, “destiny”, “principle”, or “true path”. The philosophical and religious “Tao” is infinite, without limitation. One view states that the paradoxical opening is intended to prepare the reader for teachings about the unteachable Tao.[50] Tao is believed to be transcendent, indistinct and without form. Hence, it cannot be named or categorized. Even the word “

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