What is the Differences Between Taoism and Buddhism if any?
And is there Taoist Meditation?
- YuliyaLv 610 years agoFavorite Answer
Buddhism is as an atheistic religion in which Buddha advocated the '8-fold path' (a simple set of instructions on morality and how to live life), also introducted the concept of 'ahimsa' which means non-violence (to all living beings), and advocated a vegetarian diet.
Taoism is a Chinese philosophy that requires individuals to live life in tune with nature and therefore balance with the environment and with each other. It is a cross between Hinduism (it has many deities and offerings are made to these deities; it has many festivals which are celebrated throughout the year; fasting on a regular basis) and Buddhism (ethics emplasising compassion, moderation and humility).
The ultimate goal for both religions is to achieve immortality. The Taoist called this ultimate goal Tao, while the Buddhist seek Nirvana. The path toward enlightenment for the Buddhist was defined by Buddha in his Eightfold Path. Only through following this path does the Buddhist reach Nirvana. The path to Tao is individual, it comes from within. No one can define a path for the Taoist, it must come from within. Tao means the way, but this way is never taught. Desire, ambition, fame, and selfishness are seen as complications to the end. That idea is consistent with Buddhist teachings; it is the personal life of each individual that gives Taoism its special form.
Taoism and Buddhism perceive life, death and rebirth as a continuous cycle. This cycle has no beginning and no end. The soul is eternal, yet the soul is not the object of reincarnation. Taoist believe the soul is not reborn. Instead it migrates to another life. Buddhist also believe the soul is not reborn, but instead consciousness is the object of rebirth.
One major difference between Taoism and Buddhism is the concept of karma to the Buddhist. This idea that all actions are the display of thought, the will of man, is known as karma. Karma determines the Buddhist actions and position in life. A person's karma limits the goals that can be achieved. Karma determines where in the cycle of birth, death and rebirth the consciousness returns. This return can be in the form of an animal or human, and the Buddhist must progress through a hierarchy to achieve Nirvana. The Taoist has no concept similar to karma, and no mention of the soul migrating to an animal form. The determining factor to one's life is contained in the individual behavior for the Taoist. By forsaking personal desires in life, by concentrating of the self, a longer life is prolonged. Eventually, by following the inner light, immortality can be achieved.
The similarities between Taoism and Buddhism in the belief of life after death far outweigh the differences. Both religions believe the individual must focus on the self to achieve the ultimate goal. The cycle of life continues indefinitely until the Thread of Life is broken. Only through proper living, by following the correct path guided by the inner light, can one achieve the ultimate goal of Tao or Nirvana.
Yes, there is such a thing as Taoist Meditation. See http://1stholistic.com/meditation/hol_meditation_t...
Peace :)Source(s): My mother is Taoist and I am Buddhist :D http://www.studyworld.com/newsite/reportessay/soci...
- heartless_hankLv 610 years ago
Buddhists believe that life is suffering and you can only escape suffering by giving up the illusion of being a "self" that is apart from nature. You are reborn again and again until you perfect that knowledge then you don't have to be born any more, you rejoin the universal spirit.
Taoists believe that life is good and should be enjoyed. They think living in harmony with nature makes one a better person and when you do that well enough, you soul lives on after death to wander the universe. They have a number of exercises for living a better life including meditation.
There are lots of branches to both beliefs so there are many variations.
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- Clark KentLv 510 years ago
Yes there is taoist meditation.
Taoism was founded by Lao-Tse, a contemporary of Confucius in China. Taoism began as a combination of psychology and philosophy which Lao-Tse hoped would help end the constant feudal warfare and other conflicts of his time. His writings, the Tao-te-Ching, describe the nature of life, the way to peace and how a ruler should lead his life. Taoism became a religion in 440 CE when it was adopted as a state religion.
Tao, roughly translated as path, is a force which flows through all life and is the first cause of everything. The goal of everyone is to become one with the Tao. Tai Chi, a technique of exercise using slow deliberate movements, is used to balance the flow of energy or "chi" within the body. People should develop virtue and seek compassion, moderation and humility. One should plan any action in advance and achieve it through minimal action. Yin (dark side) and Yang (light side) symbolize pairs of opposites which are seen through the universe, such as good and evil, light and dark, male and female. The impact of human civilization upsets the balance of Yin and Yang. Taoists believe that people are by nature, good, and that one should be kind to others simply because such treatment will probably be reciprocated.
Buddhism developed out of the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama who, in 535 BCE, reached enlightenment and assumed the title Buddha. He promoted 'The Middle Way' as the path to enlightenment rather than the extremes of mortification of the flesh or hedonism. Long after his death the Buddha's teachings were written down. This collection is called the Tripitaka. Buddhists believe in reincarnation and that one must go through cycles of birth, life, and death. After many such cycles, if a person releases their attachment to desire and the self, they can attain Nirvana. In general, Buddhists do not believe in any type of God, the need for a savior, prayer, or eternal life after death. However, since the time of the Buddha, Buddhism has integrated many regional religious rituals, beliefs and customs into it as it has spread throughout Asia, so that this generalization is no longer true for all Buddhists. This has occurred with little conflict due to the philosophical nature of Buddhism.
The difference maybe is that Buddhism did not ever mention about god whereas in Tao the god was mentioned at least in chapter 4 of their book Tao Te Ching "I do not know whose offspring it is; it seems to have been before God."Source(s): CK, various sources.
- Shagari AlleyneLv 410 years ago
Taoism is a native Chinese religion.
Buddhism is a religion from India which was transferred to China around 2000-1500 years ago.
Buddhism got replaced in its home land but it has a strong foot hold in other places in East and South East Asia.
- cosmoLv 710 years ago
They're different religions with different origins. There are some similarities of culture, since both are religions of east Asia. Unlike Abrahamic religions, they're not exclusive: it's possible to be both a Buddhist and a Taoist.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Taoism has better holidays with more presents.