Definition of Taoism in English:

Taoism

Syllabification: Tao·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈdouˌizəm, ˈtou-
 
/
(also Daoism)

noun

A Chinese philosophy based on the writings of Lao-tzu (fl. 6th century bc), advocating humility and religious piety.

The central concept and goal is the Tao, and its most important text is the Tao-te-Ching. Taoism has both a philosophical and a religious aspect. Philosophical Taoism emphasizes inner contemplation and mystical union with nature; wisdom, learning, and purposive action should be abandoned in favor of simplicity and wu-wei (nonaction, or letting things take their natural course). The religious aspect of Taoism developed later, circa 3rd century ad, incorporating certain Buddhist features and developing a monastic system

More example sentences
  • The roots of Japanese mythology are in the Shinto religion, in Taoism and in Zen Buddhism alike.
  • Confucianism blamed Taoist philosophy of escapism, while Taoism responded by deeming Confucianism as escapist from one's true nature.
  • The Chinese philosophy of Taoism looked inward, seeking harmony with nature.

Derivatives

Taoist

noun & adjective
More example sentences
  • But whatever the religious source, much of the feeling Koreans have for their land is derived in part from what Taoists might call the physics of nature.
  • In Japanese myth and folklore the dragon is associated with rivers and the sea, and in Taoist thought it represents the forces of nature.
  • Thus, the Taoist sage, as described by Chuang Tzu, is unruffled by gain or loss or disaster of any kind.

Taoistic

Pronunciation: /touˈistik/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Chuangtse is therefore important as the first one who fully developed the Taoistic thesis of the rhythm of life, contained in the epigrams of Laotse.
  • More than two thousand years ago Taoistic healers already were writing books in which they openly discussed love and sex.
  • Incubation is an important part of the creative process, since Taoistic artists would seek for spiritual transcendence through reflection before starting on their creative work.

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