What Taoists Believe

Central tenets of this group, based on the questions in the Belief-O-Matic quiz.

jkenchen

05/01/2011 07:26:47 AM

Weak understanding here! I would hope this site could find someone to actually describe Religious Taoism - not "Spiritual Taoism" and to discuss the difference. As one Chinese teacher of mine commented years ago, "You Westerners, you are only half Taoist - you know nothing of the religion that we practice." The religion of Taoism has a plethora of rules, regulations, constructs and conformity. It contains solid references to heavens (multiple) and hell. Sure, it admires the tao te ching and chuang tzu, but also has an extensive and complicated canon of texts outlining history, worshipping and behaviour, and some sects, such as Heavenly Master (Tian Shi) worship lao tzu as a personified deity. Cultural distinctions do not necessarily divide the Taoist sects - they fought wars with each other over their Religious Beliefs - with each sect insisting theirs was the only right Way. They also were forced to create an organized system of religion to counter the growing influence of Buddhism which was stealing their practitioners. Spiritual Taoism is well and good, but don't mistake it for the complete package.

Kevin_Vang

04/18/2011 03:17:23 PM

I find a contradiction to Taoism: You said that we all have a moral code and yet, it is bound to the law of the basic moral code. Ex: the ten commandments Ex1: I saw a big small dwarf. Quote 1: Why Evil? (section) Quote 2: Protecting nature is favored, though not by laws or injunction. If you read it, you may catch the contradiction.

methods

12/29/2009 10:03:17 PM

crabhunter - Taoists understand that there way is not necessarily the right way, just their way. The sects are decided due to culture and exercise, not religion. You seem to be confused by the notion that the "Tao" is Taoism. Taoism is a specific cultural belief and institution the Tao is a limitless energy or to some philosophy, mostly contrived from many illusions of the non educated. Emotroe, very good post and you are absolutely correct. May I ask what sect is your father directed to? I have been selected by a deity as well and I find this very interesting.

crabhunter

10/26/2009 05:00:46 PM

There are actually many sects in taoism which is funny because no one way is the right way, and no one way is the wrong way, it just is. And taoism for that matter is not really a religion as it is more a way of life. So that's it.

crabhunter

10/26/2009 04:57:00 PM

The Tao doesn't take sides; it gives birth to both good and evil. The master doesn't take sides; she welcomes both saints and sinners. The Tao is like a bellows: it is empty yet infinitely capable. The more you use it, the more it produces; the more you talk of it, the less you understand. Hold on to the center.

emotroe21

08/11/2009 09:44:03 PM

In the Death section what the writer put is completely wrong. My father is a decipel of one of the taoist Deities so I would know. Death represents the recycling system of all life. According to the religion when one dies he is sent to the other side (Hell but not in the christian sense) for life judgement. When a taoist believer dies he is picked up by none other than Ya Pek. The angel of death. There are 8 Ya Pek. One for each sector of the dead world. The lower sectors are for people who have done bad things. So after the person is picked up by one of the Ya Pek's (depending on what he or she has done in there life) the person is brought to the head judge who decides your fate for your time in the underworld Cheng Huang Ye. After judgement time you are brought to the official underworld and you live there until reicarnation. According to the religion life in the underworld is longer than life in our world and how long you live there is based on what you had done in your life. Thnks for reading, emotroe21/ Taoist Believer

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