- the philosophical system evolved by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu, advocating a life of complete simplicity and naturalness and of noninterference with the course of natural events, in order to attain a happy existence in harmony with the Tao.
- Also called Hsüan Chiao. a popular Chinese religion, originating in the doctrines of Lao-tzu but later highly eclectic in nature and characterized by a pantheon of many gods and by the practice of alchemy, divination, and magic.
Origin of Taoism
Examples from the Web for taoism
Historical Examples of taoism
Note: “In a yellow robe,” is an indication of Taoism: compare with No. 38.The Chinese Fairy Book
For many centuries Buddhism and Taoism were in bitter antagonism.The Civilization Of China
Herbert A. Giles
In the group of nine, Lao-tseu, the founder of Taoism, is the ninth figure.Chats on Oriental China
J. F. Blacker
Nobody believed in Taoism, and they knew nothing of its doctrine or of its worship.Changing China
The superstitions which have grown up about Taoism particularly are innumerable.Fir-Flower Tablets
- the philosophy of Lao Zi that advocates a simple honest life and noninterference with the course of natural events
- a popular Chinese system of religion and philosophy claiming to be teachings of Lao Zi but also incorporating pantheism and sorcery
A religion native to China. Its adherents attempt to live according to the Tao — the “Way,” which they believe governs the universe.