The Influence of the Tao Te Ching The Tao Te Ching can be read as a religion text or philosophical text. Religious, the Tao Te Ching is the fundamental text for the religion of Taoism. It was written by Lao Tzu who was an ancient Chinese philosopher and author. The Tao Te Ching has influenced much of Chinese history, culture, philosophy, and art. It has also influenced other religion such as; Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism,and Christianity.
The purpose of the Daodejing is to articulate Laozi’s ideas on Daosim and inform people about his philosophy. These three passages selected from the Daodejing are good representative of the three core ideas of Daoism—the Dao, wuwei, and yin and yang. The first passage (1.) writes about the Dao, also known as the Way. The Dao is the source of everything in the universe, the power or force that sustains the natural order of
Taoism is a religion from China that believed death is simply the transportation from being living to nonliving. Before the Yuan dynasty began, the Song dynasty ruled parts of China. Following the Yuan dynasty came the Ming dynasty. Today, the Yuan dynasty is known for the Yuan coins, and dollars. The Yuan Dharma is the most outstanding literary pieces in China.
Qin Shi Huang-Di has left a large impact on China, and by extension the world, that has lasted many years. Qin created the foundation of the Chinese country of today. Some scholars even believe that without Qin Shi Huang-Di, there would be no China at all (Gracie). Qin’s impact on the world was the creation of an entire country, a pretty impressive feat. Especially in his time, when nothing like China had ever been created before, his unification and reformation of China into a lasting country is inspiring.
The Han Dynasty was founded by Liu Bang in 206 BCE and lasted for 426 years until corruption and weak leaders resulted in the breakup of the Han Dynasty into 3 kingdoms in 220 CE. The Han Dynasty was strong and had many achievements in its golden age. A golden age is a time of prosperity and new inventions in an empire. A golden age normally occurs when a new leader is selected to run the empire. The philosophy of government was Confucianism, and the style of government was a bureaucracy, which was when the emperor used many government officials to help him make decisions.
It’s put on jewelry, sweatshirts, socks even. Books have been written about it, people have focused entire careers on it even, but what really is the theory of the Yin and the Yang? Numerous misconceptions have been made about the philosophy, ranging from the meaning of the words all the way to the what the entire philosophy is based on (Derek). The true Yin and Yang philosophy is over 5000 years old (Dunas), and it comes from the ancient Chinese people who “were greatly interested in the relationship and patterns that occurred in nature” (Integrated Chinese Medical Holdings Ltd). While Eurocentric ideologies have morphed their faith into a vision of a world filled with only good and evil, the Chinese expanded their vision to see the world not just as a whole, but as a combination of “two relative aspects of the same phenomena.” (Integrated Chinese Medical Holdings Ltd).
The following dynasties also used a bureaucracy of government officials to help govern China. (15) It was during the Han dynasty that imperial bureaucracy was fully cemented. The emperors of the Han dynasty had three councilors of state, the Chancellor over the Masses, the Imperial Counselor and the Grand Commandant. Each of the
Journey to the West was written by Wu Cheng’en, a novelist in Ming Dynasty, originated from Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, folk legends and Yuan Zaju operas. As the first full-length romantic god-evil novel in ancient China, this novel portrays the social reality at that time in depth, and is the beginning of magic realism. In the original version of Wu Cheng’en, the main characters are Sun Wukong, Tang Seng, the pig and the sand monk. This novel tells a story that Tang Priest and his three disciples travel westward for Buddhist Scriptures. After eighty adventurous experiences, Tang Sanzang finally reach the west and got the real scripture.
He is trying to say that they should not over extend and become something that they were not meant to be. It seems as if the main idea was to not stress yourself and be content with what you were supposed to be. This religion was only really known by Chinese government officials and strong believers in Laozi until modern China. Each government has a set of principles to live by and the religion of choice usually set the parameters on the government and gave the officials a set of standards to live and govern