Taoism (sometimes called Daoism) is a philosophical, ethical or religious tradition of Chinese origin that emphasizes living in harmony with theTao (also romanized as Dao). The term Tao means “way”, “path”, or “principle”, and can also be found in Chinese philosophies and religions other than Taoism. In Taoism, however, Tao denotes something that is both the source of, and the force behind, everything that exists. It is practiced as a religion having its philosophical emphasis on the formlessness of the Tao.
Taoism diverged sharply from Confucian thoughts by scorning rigid rituals and social classes. The Tao Te Ching, a compact and ambiguous book containing teachings attributed to Laozi is widely considered the keystone work of this philosophy.
Taoist propriety and ethics may vary depending on the particular school, but in general they tend to emphasize: “action through non-action”, “naturalness”, “simplicity”, “spontaneity”, and the Three Treasures which encompass- sperm/ovary energy, or the essence of the physical body; energy, including the thoughts and emotions; and spiritual power.
Taoism has had a profound influence on Chinese culture in the course of the centuries. Chinese alchemy (especially neidan), Chinese astrology, Chan (Zen) Buddhism, several martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, feng shui, and many styles of qigong have been intertwined with Taoism throughout history.
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