RELG 207 Chapter Notes -Tao Te Ching, Laozi, Immanence

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Published on 13 Apr 2013
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McGill University
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Religious Studies
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RELG 207
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Confucianism Part 2 ?
Té : power of example is the only thing if a king wants his people to
behave, he must behave in example
Wen: arts of peace - soft powerTaoism / Daoism Part 1
founder of Taoism is Lao Tzu (the master) born in 604 BCEwas a librarian
Tao - Te - Ching : classic of the way on it’s powertext of Taoismcan be
read in an hour or a lifetimecontains one of earliest statements on capital
punishment foundational text of Taoism
Chuang Tzu : another basic text of Taoism
Tao can mean 3 things:- Transcendent : ultimate reality- Immanent :
present in everything- Lifestyle : the way we should live our lives in order
to be in harmony with the way
(transcendent definition and immanent definition)
Can be understood- Chi : energyhow to make best use of our chi and
how to raise our chitechniques have been developed to augment one’s chi
and make best use of the chi that we have
this power can have a communal dimensionwhich is why Taoism is
associated with rebellions in China
Taoism is counter actions of ConfucianismTaoism says, maybe the best
thing is to let things happen
Wu Wei: act of doing nothinguses energy of water to describe the lifestyle
water carries things effortlessly water seeks lowest levels water can
undermine rocks water is powerful
In Taoism, you are gentle, you yield, you adjust emphasizes humility,
kindness, etc...certain way to live
Ying-Yang sign
Ying: female force - light - positive Yang: male force - dark - negative
contains all polaritiesthings are constantly changingYing is becoming
yang and yang is becoming yingwhat seems opposite may be
connectedin darkness, there is light(during night, there is the moonlight.
during the day, there are shadows)
concern with physical immortality in Taoismextreme form of chi and how
the level can increase in the exploration of exdentation of lifelife with
meditation - through meditation - using water as metaphor

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T : power of example is the only thing if a king wants his people to behave, he must behave in example. Wen: arts of peace - soft power taoism / daoism part 1 founder of taoism is lao tzu (the master) born in 604 bce was a librarian. Tao - te - ching : classic of the way on it"s power text of taoism can be read in an hour or a lifetime contains one of earliest statements on capital punishment foundational text of taoism. Chuang tzu : another basic text of taoism. Taoism is counter actions of confucianism taoism says, maybe the best thing is to let things happen. Wu wei: act of doing nothing uses energy of water to describe the lifestyle water carries things effortlessly water seeks lowest levels water can undermine rocks water is powerful. In taoism, you are gentle, you yield, you adjust emphasizes humility, kindness, etc certain way to live.