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RELG211 - Lecture 11 (Taoism

RELG211 - Lecture 11 (Taoism - Taoism-Legendary figure...

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Sheet1 Page 1 Taoism: -Legendary figure: Lao'tzu ->between 600 and 500BCE -Born of a virgin, and also born old -Worked as a librarian Seen as a sage, and was made to write down everything he knew, hence the Tao Te Ching It is more meditative than reflections -Used as a practical guide for living through life The Tao that can be told, is not the eternal Tao -If you think you've got it covered by talking about it, you don't have it ->Deeper than something you can just say with your mouth. Things that are most real are the things beyond real Characteristics of Tao: Eternal void filled with infinite possibilities Hidden but always present Older than God Empty yet inexhaustable Beyond description and beyond form Can be experienced and followed, but not pinned down Wu-Wei: Idea of effortlessness/no action -Different than Buddhism -Conscious passivity -Avoiding actions that are unnecessary -Avoiding non-spontaneous actions Yin is female and associated with earth, water, cold, darkness, receptive, passive (womb)
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