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Comparison Made on Chinese Religions

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As we all know, the term 'religion' refers to an institutionalized system of beliefs, rites, practices, or an ethical code. For centuries, people have been drawn to metaphysics. The human mind has always been intrigued by the unseen or the unknown. Some of the most popular religions came into existence due to the fascination for the unknown impact crusher. Buddhism which is one of the most popular religions is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.

According to Buddhist belief, desires are the cause of pain and suffering. Enlightenment can only be achieved when one is free from desires. Buddha suggested an Eightfold Path that would help people end their suffering. This is the key to attaining enlightenment or Nirvana.

Taoism is a philosophical system that emerged in China. This philosophy is mainly based on the teachings of Lao Tzu. The Chinese word Tao means 'the Way', but it basically refers to the indescribable essence of the universe. It has been influenced by the Chinese folk religion and other existing religions and philosophical thought. The main tenet of this religion is to live in accordance with the natural order of the universe.

Taoism Vs. Buddhism

Origin

While Buddhism was founded by Gautama Buddha in the sixth century B.C., the existence of Lao Tzu (Laozi), the founder of Taoism is disputed. Taoism originated in China and it is also believed to have emerged in the sixth century B.C. Buddhism originated in the Indian subcontinent. Buddhism is an off-shoot of the preexisting religion of Hinduism. However, Buddha rejected many concepts of Hinduism. Buddhism is considered to be the fourth largest religion of the world.

Taoism is categorized into philosophical and religious Taoism. Tao Te Ching is the most popular religious work. It is believed to have been written by Laozi. Daozang is another important religious text. The teachings of a philosopher called Zhuangzi also form an integral part of religion. Taoism evolved from a...

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