An Illustrated Introduction to Taoism: The Wisdom of the by Jean C. Cooper, Joseph A. Fitzgerals

By Jean C. Cooper, Joseph A. Fitzgerals

Containing 118 wonderful colour illustrations, this pretty ebook offers an advent to Taoism, one of many nice non secular and philosophical pursuits in chinese language suggestion. Incorporating decisions from J.C. Coopers writings, it explores the concept that of the Tao (Way), the symbolism of Yin-Yang, and the idea of the best Taoist sages. additionally incorporated are sections on Taoist paintings, the symbolism of crops and animals, the Taoist backyard, and the connection of Taoism with Buddhism and Hinduism.

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The emotions. The desire nature. Instability. Envelopment. A hollow. Danger. Purification. Yin. The Pa Kua Mountain. Physical nature. Separateness. Solitude. To ascend. The immovable. The perverse. Ken Yang. The interdependence of the two great principles and their complex powers is demonstrated by the opposing trigrams of fire and water. , has the yin broken line at its center. , has the yang line enclosed between two yin. This also carries the implication of the ambivalence of fire and water which can be both creative and destructive: so can yin-yang, at different stages and according to circumstance, be interchangeable.

The symbol is a perpetual reminder to man that he must achieve and maintain this pristine harmony, the establishment of which is the main purpose of life. Another name for the yin-yang is “The Two Essences”. The essences emerge from the First Principle, the Tao, which, working in and through all things, is responsible for change, mutations, and all transformation. It is essentially concerned with the rhythms of life; it is the “perfectly balanced union” which establishes an inner harmony in man and the universe, so that man becomes at peace with himself and the world about him, with the world within and the world without.

In religions where there is an absolute evil, or Devil, this force is immediately turned into a totally hostile power in conflict with both God and man, whereas in Taoism both light and dark have their natural place; or, as Buddhism teaches: “the cause of life is death”, the one automatically arising from the other. “Stillness is the end of motion, while evil is the change of good; and good is a kind of life, while evil is a kind of death. ”7 Since Taoism is cyclic in outlook it naturally does not worship at the shrine of progress.

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