Founder: Lao-Tze

Location: China

Sacred Texts: Tao Te Ching,Chuang-Tzu

Tao: the way

House of Worship: Temple

Spiritual Leader: Sage

Symbols of Taoism

Chinese Dragon:  The dragon is a symbol of fertility and vigor

Yin-Yang: Balance in Nature

Eight Trigrams:  24 guidelines to balance and lead a productive life

Tao: The Way

Taoism/Daoism is very closely related to daily Chinese life. It is so ingrained it is difficult for westerners to realize what is and isn't considered religious. The western world knows of Taoism in various popular situations. Zen Gardens are part of the Tao. It is a way of creating balance. The rocks in a Zen Garden represent water. The balance of Yin and Yang are also part of Taoism. Each side of has specific traits.

Feng Shui is a way of moving all the elements of a room or area to optimize the positive energy that can be created with natural objects

These five elements are the key to Taoism and its balance with nature: Fire, Wood, Water, Metal, Earth. All 5 elements work with and need each other

What is Taoism

It is difficult to define because it incorporates other ideas like Buddhism and Confucianism. Taoism tries to connect mankind with the spiritual world
Taoists focus on the healing of the body and the spirit. Confucianism: Focus’ on government and social behavior. Buddhism: Theory of life, The Cosmos
It is difficult to define too because there is not central authority.

Other elements of Chinese culture are found within Taoism. For example, the Chinese calendar with the specific animals for years. Gun power was invented while trying to create an elixir for immortality. Ancestor worship is very important. This is where the Chinese and the Far East is known for its high respect of the elderly in their societies.