History UsefulNotes / Taoism

27th Nov '17 1:43:51 PM Malady
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Beyond all this, Taoism, like all Chinese religions, got liberally mixed up with UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} once it arrived in China in the sixth century CE. Most significantly, a Taoist philosopher of the Warring States period, Creator/{{Zhuangzi}}, was famous for telling parables and inventing {{koan}}s. A few centuries later, Zhuangzi's style got mixed up with Mahayana Buddhist theology to create the school of ''Chán'', known to the West by its Japanese name: Zen.

Offered for your edification is [[http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~phalsall/texts/taote-v3.html one of many translations]] of the ''Tao Te Ching''. Other important texts include the Zhuangzi, which is best known in the west for the story about being a man-dreaming butterfly, or a butterfly-dreaming man. Taoist works have been collected and compiled together as the "Daozang" (Taoist Canon).

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Beyond all this, Taoism, like all Chinese religions, got liberally mixed up with UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} once it arrived in China in the sixth century CE. Most significantly, a Taoist philosopher of the Warring States period, Creator/{{Zhuangzi}}, was famous for telling parables and inventing {{koan}}s. A few centuries later, Zhuangzi's style got mixed up with Mahayana Buddhist theology to create the school of ''Chán'', known to the West by its Japanese name: Zen.

Offered for your edification is [[http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~phalsall/texts/taote-v3.html one of many translations]] of the ''Tao Te Ching''. Other important texts include the Zhuangzi, which is best known in the west for the story about being a man-dreaming butterfly, or a butterfly-dreaming man. Taoist works have been collected and compiled together as the "Daozang" (Taoist Canon).
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* One episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has a girl who is a Taoist novice, going to the crew to have them help her find her father, an old friend of Jet's and a Tao master.
* ''Anime/OutlawStar'': The primary antagonists (as well as the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s) are SpacePirate Tao masters, and their mastery gives them vaguely defined magical powers.


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* One episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has a girl who is a Taoist novice, going to the crew to have them help her find her father, an old friend of Jet's and a Tao master.
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* ''Anime/OutlawStar'': The primary antagonists (as well as the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s) are SpacePirate Tao masters, and their mastery gives them vaguely defined magical powers.


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* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'': Strangely subverted. There is a Taoist temple, and many Taoist teachings. The subversion is that although this includes Taoism, it also includes Christianity, and a syncretic religion called Aiken. And some ''very strange'' cults, like the Church of the Holy Maple Tree.

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* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'': Strangely subverted. There is a Taoist temple, and many Taoist teachings. The subversion is that although this includes Taoism, it also includes Christianity, and a syncretic religion called Aiken. And some ''very strange'' cults, like the Church of the Holy Maple Tree.



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24th Nov '17 8:18:30 AM ddyingle
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Offered for your edification is [[http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~phalsall/texts/taote-v3.html one of many translations]] of the ''Tao Te Ching''. Other important texts include the Zhuangzi, which is best known in the west for the story about being a man-dreaming butterfly, or a butterfly-dreaming man.

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Offered for your edification is [[http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~phalsall/texts/taote-v3.html one of many translations]] of the ''Tao Te Ching''. Other important texts include the Zhuangzi, which is best known in the west for the story about being a man-dreaming butterfly, or a butterfly-dreaming man.
man. Taoist works have been collected and compiled together as the "Daozang" (Taoist Canon).
24th Nov '17 6:17:53 AM ddyingle
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Nothing can be said about the Tao. It's ineffable. So we can all go home, right?

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Nothing can be said about the Tao.Tao/Dao. It's ineffable. So we can all go home, right?
28th Aug '17 8:43:30 PM PaulA
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Of the traditional Chinese religions, Taoism has substantially higher appeal in the West than [[Creator/{{Confucius}} Confucianism]], if only because the latter is so concerned with politeness and filial piety, whereas Taoism actually has things to say about spiritual matters. Possibly the most notable non-Chinese Taoist is UrsulaKLeGuin, who inserts Taoist themes into her works and has written a commentary about the Tao Te Ching.

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Of the traditional Chinese religions, Taoism has substantially higher appeal in the West than [[Creator/{{Confucius}} Confucianism]], if only because the latter is so concerned with politeness and filial piety, whereas Taoism actually has things to say about spiritual matters. Possibly the most notable non-Chinese Taoist is UrsulaKLeGuin, Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, who inserts Taoist themes into her works and has written a commentary about the Tao Te Ching.
18th Nov '16 1:59:35 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'': A webcomic that features a blind Taoist monk who has an IceCreamKoan for every occasion. He's also rather {{Badass}}.

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* ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'': A webcomic that features a blind Taoist monk who has an IceCreamKoan for every occasion. He's also rather {{Badass}}.
badass.
5th Oct '16 9:39:21 AM Larkmarn
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* One episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has a girl who is a Taoist novice, going to the crew to have them help her find her father, an old friend of Jet's and a Tao master.
* ''Anime/OutlawStar'': The primary antagonists (as well as the {{Greater Scope Villain}}s) are SpacePirate Tao masters, and their mastery gives them vaguely defined magical powers.

15th Aug '16 6:28:48 AM Morgenthaler
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The foundational text of Taoism is the ''Tao Te Ching'' written by {{Laozi}}. Traditionally, it's been said he was a contemporary of Creator/{{Confucius}}'s; modern research seems to indicate that either he lived in the Warring States Period (4th Century BCE) or he never existed. (So if he never existed, who would have written it? A compilation of various authors' works is the theory.)

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The foundational text of Taoism is the ''Tao Te Ching'' written by {{Laozi}}.Creator/{{Laozi}}. Traditionally, it's been said he was a contemporary of Creator/{{Confucius}}'s; modern research seems to indicate that either he lived in the Warring States Period (4th Century BCE) or he never existed. (So if he never existed, who would have written it? A compilation of various authors' works is the theory.)
13th Jul '16 10:04:34 AM Willbyr
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-->''The way that can be followed is not the true Way,\\

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-->''The ->''The way that can be followed is not the true Way,\\



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* ''{{Film/Wooshi}}'': A Korean movie about a Taoist wizard. It's a bit of a stretch as far as religious accuracy goes though, in all probability.

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* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'': Strangely subverted. There is a Taoist temple, and many Taoist teachings. The subversion is that although this includes Taoism, it also includes Christianity, and a syncretic religion called Aiken. And some ''very strange'' cults, like the Church of the Holy Maple Tree.
* ''ShinMegamiTenseiI'':Tai Shang Lao Jun is the key representative of the Neutral path
* ''{{Film/Wooshi}}'': A Korean movie about a Taoist wizard. It's a bit of a stretch as far as religious accuracy goes though, in all probability.




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* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'': Strangely subverted. There is a Taoist temple, and many Taoist teachings. The subversion is that although this includes Taoism, it also includes Christianity, and a syncretic religion called Aiken. And some ''very strange'' cults, like the Church of the Holy Maple Tree.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'':Tai Shang Lao Jun is the key representative of the Neutral path

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7th Jun '16 4:05:07 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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Beyond all this, Taoism, like all Chinese religions, got liberally mixed up with UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} once it arrived in China in the sixth century CE. Most significantly, a Taoist philosopher of the Warring States period, {{Zhuangzi}}, was famous for telling parables and inventing {{koan}}s. A few centuries later, Zhuangzi's style got mixed up with Mahayana Buddhist theology to create the school of ''Chán'', known to the West by its Japanese name: Zen.

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Beyond all this, Taoism, like all Chinese religions, got liberally mixed up with UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} once it arrived in China in the sixth century CE. Most significantly, a Taoist philosopher of the Warring States period, {{Zhuangzi}}, Creator/{{Zhuangzi}}, was famous for telling parables and inventing {{koan}}s. A few centuries later, Zhuangzi's style got mixed up with Mahayana Buddhist theology to create the school of ''Chán'', known to the West by its Japanese name: Zen.
8th Aug '15 6:12:00 AM megarotic
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* ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'': A webcomic that features a blind Taoist monk who spouts IceCreamKoans on a regular basis. He's also rather {{Badass}}.

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* ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'': A webcomic that features a blind Taoist monk who spouts IceCreamKoans on a regular basis.has an IceCreamKoan for every occasion. He's also rather {{Badass}}.
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