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The philosophical religion Taoism

Taoism is a religion but also a philosophy or way of being. It’s not a religion in the traditional Western sense, like Christianity is. Taoists don’t worship a god, although they do spend time practicing spirituality. The word Tao means path, way, or principle and the religion is a practice of trying to live in harmony with the Tao. To make it really simple, you’re essentially trying to be peaceful, meditative, happy, and at one with yourself and the world around you. The Tao Te Ching is one of the most important texts in the religion and its origin dates back to 4th or 5th century BC. Taoism is appealing for its offering of peace through simple acts and Zen principles are based on the religion. Like Buddhism it’s beautiful in that if you follow the religion you will achieve peace, harmony, and happiness, guaranteed.