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Tao can be roughly translated into English as path. It is generally used in a more metaphysical sense within popular Taoism, however. Tao (Dao) is often seen as an insentient and unseen force, principle or system rather than a concrete or even metaphorical path. Taoists believe that the Tao is the source of all things, and thus Taoism is older than recorded history. The person usually attributed with having "reawakened" knowledge of the Tao is Lao Tzu (604?-531? BCE) a mysterious figure said to have been a librarian in the south of ancient China. Taoism is a philosophy but evolved into a religion about 140 CE and was later adopted as a state religion. At that time Lao Tzu became popularly venerated as a deity. See also FAQ list at the temple.
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Taoism and the Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan - A summary of the growth of Taoism and information on deities and major figures in both religious and philosophical Taoism. Taoism at Religious Tolerance - Provides information about the concepts, beliefs, practices, symbol, names, Tai Chi, courses and links. Taoism Initiation Page - Provides teachings on Taoism and related concepts like tao, yin-yang, wu, wu-wei and the I-ching. Includes online courses. Taoism and the Arts of China - Short essays, works of art, maps, diagrams, many other resources related to Taoism. Taoism and the Taoist Arts - A general introduction to Taoism and the taoist arts of T'ai Chi, meditation, martial arts, herbalism and traditional Chinese medicine. The Golden Elixir - Essays, translations, and illustrations related to the history and the doctrines of Taoism and Chinese alchemy. Ripening Peaches: Taoist Studies and Practices - Taoist scriptures, Chi Kung, Tai Chi Chuan, meditation, and esoteric practices. Detailed index of the Tao Te Ching and over 15 translations for each chapter of the Classic of the Way and Virtue. Daoist Studies - Portal designed to assist researchers and scholars of Daoism, practitioners, and interested members of the public in furthering knowledge about Daoism. BBC - Religion: Taoism - This section is a guide to the ancient religious philosophy of Taoism, including history, and spiritual practices, ethics and martial arts. Glossary for Taoism and Confucianism - From Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation: World Art Treasures. Taoism Quizlet - Offering a lightning fast way to memorize vocabulary lists. It's like flashcards, but much more fun and interactive. Taoism FAQ - Offering a short list of questions and answers. Real Taoism - Teaches the traditional practice of Yuan Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Ba Gua. Tao Restore - Dedicated to spirituality, martial arts, Health and self improvement
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