Daoism 2017-06-23T03:07:26+00:00


Daoism (or Taoism) refers to a variety of related philosophical and religious traditions that have influenced Eastern Asia for more than two millennia, and have had a notable influence on the western world since the 19th century. The word Dao literally translates as “path” or “way” (of life), although in Chinese folk religion and philosophy it carries more abstract meanings. Daoist propriety and ethics emphasize the Three Jewels of the Dao: compassion, moderation, and humility, while Daoist thought generally focuses on nature, the relationship between humanity and the cosmos, health and longevity, and wu wei (action through inaction), which is thought to produce harmony with the universe. Reverence for ancestor spirits and immortals are also common in popular Daoism. Chinese alchemy, astrology, cuisine, several Chinese martial arts, Chinese traditions medicine, feng shui, immortality, and many styles of qigong breath training disciplines have been intertwined with Daoism throughout history.