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180 - 122 BCE) was ruler of the state of Huainan and the grandson of the founder of the Han dynasty whose discourse at his court favoured Taoist thought and who brought philosophers, poets and masters of esoteric practices to his court.

He is still considered the bet interpreter of the Tao Te Ching; ..

TaoismThe Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BCE) : The Tao De Ching was written by Lao Tzu.
Summing up Chinese and Japanese studies, David Yu (1977) hasfound that here was a much more lively and positive give-and-take thanpreviously assumed between officials and Taoists from the Six Dynasties periodonward. Literati such as Ou-yang Hsiu, Su Shih, and Su Ch'e composed Taoistritual texts, studied alchemy and wrote poetry full of Taoist imagery. Taoism,unlike Buddhism, had no fundamental conflict with the Confucian world-view, andfurther research will no doubt reveal more than hitherto acknowledgedcollaboration and mutual influence between representatives of the twotraditions, especially in the fields of divination, ritual and philosophy. As tothe last, a study of the Taoist philosophical input in the formative period ofNeo-Confucianism is long overdue (cf. Barrett * 1978).


Tao Te Ching -- Translated by Robert G. Henricks | …

The philosophical and religious "Tao" is infinite, without limitation.

"Humanity follows the Earth, the Earth follows Heaven, Heaven follows the Dao, and the Dao follows what is natural." (Tao Te Ching)
The Analects (
o Generally recognized as the most reliable source of
Confucian Doctrine.

The Qing Dynasty, however, much favoured Confucian classics and rejected Taoist works.
Soymie (1969/70, 1970/71, 1971/72) has devoted seminars to (1)the cult of the Northern Dipper ), the great stellar regulatorwhere the Taoists placed the offices and archives of destiny, (2) the inspectionof human conduct by various celestial officials, a theme influenced by theBuddhist , and (3) the different yearly observancesof fasts in Taoism and in Buddhism (see also Soymie 1977). His study of theacolytes of the bodhisattva Ti-tsang also concerns this theme because Ti-tsang,the Buddhist saviour of those in hell, is surrounded by the scribes andrecord-keepers of the Chinese netherworld administration and by the "boysof good and evil," who observe and note human conduct (Soymie 1966). TheBuddhists had their own reasons for adopting this system. In Buddhist terms, therecords of destiny represented the karmic balance sheet that determines one'snext existence. The Taoist fast of the "Middle Primordial" ) merged with the Buddhist yurite on the fifteenth of theseventh lunar month (see VIII.4). Teiser's (1988) book on the history of thisimportant festival discusses its Taoist antecedents. In pre-T'ang Taoist texts,the tribunal of King Yama already appears as a minor feature in the Taoist worldof the dead (Thompson1989).The definitive shape of the netherworld administration emergedduring the T'ang-Sung transition. Between the tenth and fourteenth centuriesthere evolved the system of ten courts presided over by the "Ten Kings ofHell" who judge the souls of the dead. The entirely bureaucratic scenery ofthese ten tribunals seemed Taoist to early scholars (its iconographicalexpression has been studied by Ledderose 1981). We now know that the belief inthe "Ten Kings" appears first in a Buddhist context (Teiser 1986,1988). Its bureaucratic features are due not to the Taoists but probably to thecontemporary formation of the popular pantheon and to developments similar tothose that created the city gods (see VI.4). The Taoists made a belated andunsuccessful attempts to transform these popular Ten Kings into Taoist "Perfected Lords" Teiser 1989, and Teiser in McRae 1989:80-2), then apparently compromised. Even today Taoist priests officiate atfunerals surrounded by scrolls depicting the Ten Kings.An efficient centralised administration controlling humanconduct and determining human fate in this world and the next might seem to be anightmarishly suffocating vision worse than any FBI dream of complete andtop-secret files on all citizens-worse because inescapable even in death. Infact, the system was very "human": amnesties could be granted byproperly worshipped gods of fate, records could be fudged by properly bribedinfernal clerks to avert misfortune and postpone death. Unintentional foul-upsin the netherworld archives were the classic set-up for reports on the world ofthe dead brought back by mortals who had been summoned thither before their time(Soymie 1967; Demieville 1976; Teiser 1988a). Moreover, there is an entireclass of beings whose "opting out of the system" we have already notedabove (V. 1). Perhaps one function of the immortals was to counterbalance thisobsession with rank and all-inclusive hierarchies. Scholars have, in fact,begun to challenge the validity of the bureaucratic model in connection withimmortals' cults involving local elite worship in the Southern Sung (Hymes, inMcRae 1986: 76) and in connection with Chi-kung the kind ofeccentric who defies the bureaucratic ethos and order (Shahar, in McRae al.1989: 1 10). Further research therefore might look into the ways and the periodsin which the immortals (and non-"officialised" popular gods ingeneral) were linked with local cult centres, and how they escaped becomingrespectable divinities ranked in official pantheons (see VI.4).

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It is believed that by reciting certain texts often enough one will be rewarded with immortality.

Other Texts
While the Tao Te Ching is most famous, there are many other important texts in traditional Taoism.

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These texts have been passed down for generations from teacher to student.

The Shangqing school has a tradition of approaching Taoism through scriptural study.

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Five Classics
Four Books

Five Classics:
The Five Classics: continuous with Confucius’ life

The Book of Changes (
o Assumes that the
universe is continually regenerating itself
according to rhythmic patterns.

The Tao Te Ching contains, apart from Taoist ideas, ..

Taoists believe that man is a for the . The body ties directly into the . The five organs correlate with the five elements, the five directions and the seasons. Akin to the Hermetic maxim of "", Taoism posits that man may gain knowledge of the universe by understanding himself.