Taoism


Taoism (also spelled Daoism) is based on the teachings of the Tao Te Ching, a short tract written in the 6th century BC in China. Taoism emphasizes spiritual harmony within the individual, complementing Confucianism's focus on social duty. The two great Chinese belief systems were founded at about the same time and continue to exist side-by-side in today's China.

There are two main schools within Taoism, usually called "philosophical Taoism" (Tao-chia) and "religious Taoism" (Tao-chaio). The two are not as strongly distinguished as once thought, but philosophical Taoism tends to focus on the philosophical writings of Lao-Tzu, Chuang-Tzu and other early mystics while religious Taoism emphasizes religious rituals aimed at attaining immortality.

There are 20 million Taoists worldwide, most of whom live in China, Taiwan or Southeast Asia. Taoism is also increasingly influential in the West, especially in the fields of alternative medicine and martial arts like Tai Chi.


  • Taoism Fast Factshttp://www.religionfacts.com/taoism/facts

    An Overview of TaoismTaoism (also spelled Daoism) is based on the teachings of the Tao Te Ching, a short tract written in the 6th century BC in China...

  • Glossary of Taoist Termshttp://www.religionfacts.com/taoism/glossary

    All non-English words in this Taoism Glossary are Chinese unless otherwise indicated.acupunctureTraditional Chinese medical treatment using needles to stimulate the flow of ch'i in the body...

  • Links on Taoismhttp://www.religionfacts.com/taoism/links

    Taoism Initiation Page Provides teachings on Taoism and related topics like tao, yin-yang, wu, wu-wei and the I-ching. Includes online courses...

  • Taoist Sectshttp://www.religionfacts.com/taoism/branches

    There are no formal sects within Taoism, but scholars have identified two distinctive approaches to the Taoist traditions, labeled "Religious Taoism" and "Philosophical Taoism" and described below...

  • Taoism Storehttp://www.religionfacts.com/taoism/store

  • Tao Te Chinghttp://www.religionfacts.com/library/tao-te-ching

    Following is the full text of the Tao Te Ching in English translation. by Lao-tzu J. Legge, Translator 1The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao...

  • Taoist Beliefshttp://www.religionfacts.com/taoism/beliefs

    What do Taoists believe? The ancient Chinese religion of Taoism is not entirely distinct from Confucianism or Chinese folk religion, for all Chinese religion and philosophy operate within the same ancient worldview...

  • Taoist Sacred Textshttp://www.religionfacts.com/taoism/texts

    Important Taoist texts include the Tao-te Ching, the Chuang-tzu and several other less famous works of Taoist philosophy. The Tao-te Ching The Tao-te Ching (or Dao De Jing) is the central text of both philosophical and religious Taoism...

  • Taoist Symbolshttp://www.religionfacts.com/taoism/symbols

    What are the Symbols of Taoism? Name: Yin-Yang or Taijtu The yin-yang (Taijitu) symbol 太極圖 is one of the most common Taoist symbols...

  • Taoist Timelinehttp://www.religionfacts.com/taoism/timeline