Daoism as 'The Way' of Life
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This paper gives an in-depth discussion of the major beliefs and practices of Daoism, an Eastern religion and philosophy. First, the paper describes the texts on which the religion is based. Then it explores the practices and philosophy of the religion, emphasizing the importance of meditation in worship. The paper also examines Daoist ethics and the place and role of man in the universe.
From the Paper:"Daoism, today, is chiefly associated with such internalized practices of 'worship' as self-guided meditation. The utilization of yoga, though an aspect of the ideology prior to the fourth century, would nonetheless achieve a newfound importance through the devotion of Wei Huacun. A spiritually inclined daughter of a dynastic governor, her influence coupled with her deference to the teachings of mentor Yang Xi would help to spread the relevance of his writings. These, composed in the early 370's C.E., would become known as the Shangqing. (Pregadio, 1) Within, she would set the mold for a shift in the focus of Daoism. Her ideas would spark a major change in the identity of this philosophy, transitioning it from various practices of natural or chemical imbibing used to stimulate spiritual congress to a singular emphasis on the virtues of meditation in eliciting divine awareness."
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