taoism - – Grass and the tree Harmony – Society –...

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• Philosophical Taoism • Lao Tzu – 6 th c. BCE philosopher – Tao Te Ching (the Way of Virtue)
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The Way – …things are – Cosmic Law – Nature of things – …things operate – Rules of operation – How things/beings behave The Tao is – Like water – Like the Mother – Empty – Immortal The Tao cannot be – Described/explained
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• Undifferentiated state before creation • The laws of nature • All-pervasive • Eternal/immortal • Nameless, Shapeless (w/o quality) • One he principle of all being and becoming
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Te – Individual Aspect of Tao Yin-Yang – Union of opposites Void as Creative – Spokes of the wheel Strength of the Weak
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Unformatted text preview: – Grass and the tree Harmony – Society – Living with the rules Wu-Wei – Ethics of inaction – Non-imposition • Hun Tun – Chaos – Form given to chaos – Hun Tun dies • Pan Ku – Primal Man – Cuts the egg in half – Yin+Yang formed – Pan Ku dies • Tao/Brahman/Sunyata – Creation of forms out of the Formless – Tao ~ brahman + rta Te – Dharma/Dhamma – Jen/Shu Wu-wei – Compare with Confucian golden rule (Do not do unto…) – Non-imposition Taoist rejection of hierarchy – Against Confucianism – Very different from Hindu hierarchical view of society...
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2010 for the course ASST 104 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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