Essay On Daoism

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Term Paper: Daoism Daoism, also known as Taoism, is originally a Chinese religious tradition that is centralized in living in harmony with the Tao, meaning “way”, “path”, or “principle”. Taoism is one of the two great philosophical and religious traditions that originated in China. In Taoism, the Tao indicates something that is both the source of, and the force behind, everything that exists. Taoism is practiced to be essentially a nontheistic religion, although some divisional communities worship the founder of the doctrine, Laozi. Daoism, along with Confucianism, branches out of an ancient religion from China that took shape no longer than 1500 B.C.E. (Brood). Daoism does share some central ideas with Confucianism such as, Tian, Dao, and De, while they share these ideas, their interpretations are quite different. Daodejing, is known also as the Laozi and The Scripture of the Way and Its Potent …show more content…

Alchemy is used to preserve the body and help maintain longevity through medicines, being a category of alchemy called internal alchemy (waidan). These medicines were transformed into pills, known as dan, to maintain immortality, but there is also another category of alchemy called internal alchemy (neidan). Neidan is used to refine the body and help be in perfect harmony with the Dao, to last longer in the universe, by doing a wide range of techniques and remedies, such as deep meditation, controlled breathing, therapeutic gymnastics, dietary regiments, and also sexual techniques. Along with alchemy, a concept that is popular is chi (qi) which is the vital energy present in the universe, also known as life force or energy flow. Chinese taiji, also known as tai chi, is a way to harness qi of nature, the taiji master reveals a connection between humans and the universe. Some rituals that are practiced include zhai, which is fasting, and

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