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Huang/Lao or Daojia- This describes the core ''philosophy'' attributed to Taoism, without the practices developed by later adepts. Popular among Westerners and academics, those who follow this path are concerned only with a philosophical interpretation of the teachings of the Yellow Emperor (Huangdi), Laozi, Zhuangzi and sometime Liezi. While not recognized as a Taoist school of thought by Asian or traditional Taoists, the term comes from a classification created by Han Dynasty historian Sima Qian (c. 100 BCE) to differentiate the current of thought represented by Laozi from those of Confucius and Mozi. This was before the formal establishment of Taoism around 142 CE, and before a spiritual/religious frame of reference became relevant. Huang/Lao philosophy (sometimes called Daojia) is not only a foundation of Taoism, but is also a defining ideology of Chinese cosmology in general, finding its way even into Chinese Buddhism and later Confucianism. Thus, while all Taoists adhere to Huang/Lao philosophy, not all Huang/Laoists are Taoist. Unfortunately, there is no easy, single-word translation into English that distinguishes Daojia (Related to the concept of Tao) from Daojiao (Teachings/Practice of the Tao). Thus, a conflict has arisen in the West, which is semantically irrelevant among Asians. Quiz, Tests Taoist School Selector Fun Religion Knowledge & Trivia Quizzes, Intelligence IQ Tests
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Test your knowledge of: Huang/Lao or Daojia- This describes the core ''philosophy'' attributed to Taoism, without the practices developed by later adepts. Popular among Westerners and academics, those who follow this path are concerned only with a philosophical interpretation of the teachings of the Yellow Emperor (Huangdi), Laozi, Zhuangzi and sometime Liezi. While not recognized as a Taoist school of thought by Asian or traditional Taoists, the term comes from a classification created by Han Dynasty historian Sima Qian (c. 100 BCE) to differentiate the current of thought represented by Laozi from those of Confucius and Mozi. This was before the formal establishment of Taoism around 142 CE, and before a spiritual/religious frame of reference became relevant. Huang/Lao philosophy (sometimes called Daojia) is not only a foundation of Taoism, but is also a defining ideology of Chinese cosmology in general, finding its way even into Chinese Buddhism and later Confucianism. Thus, while all Taoists adhere to Huang/Lao philosophy, not all Huang/Laoists are Taoist. Unfortunately, there is no easy, single-word translation into English that distinguishes Daojia (Related to the concept of Tao) from Daojiao (Teachings/Practice of the Tao). Thus, a conflict has arisen in the West, which is semantically irrelevant among Asians.

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The Tao and its virtue are reflected in a pantheon of primordial deities, elemental forces, and ascended mortals.

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Through formal ritual, a Taoist can access and channel the power of the Tao on behalf of him/herself and the community at large.

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Talismans, charms, and petitions can be created by a skilled Taoist to call upon the power of the Tao and/or its agents.

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Ritual is a reflection of folk superstitions and has no place in the life of a Taoist.

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The focus of ritual should be the physical and energistic cultivation of the individual Taoist and his/her fellows.

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Primarily through meditation, one can escape mortal existence.

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A combination of physical conditioning and meditation can help one attain a purified state of being.

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Cultivations are not terribly important, awareness is sufficient to attain the virtue of Tao.

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The cultivation of sexual energy is an important part of refining one's body and mind.

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The confession of sins to a master and/or peers is important to cleansing one's body and energies.

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Performing charitable works is a good way to improve the state of one's being.

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A Taoist lives in the community at large, has a family, and offers his/her services as a doctor or lawyer might.

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A Taoist lives in a separate community of others who share his/her lineage and practice.

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A Taoist receives his/her lineage from an elder relative at an early age.

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A student of Taoism is carefully chosen by an elder Taoist as an apt pupil at any stage of his/her life.

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Initiation into a lineage is not relevant to learning Taoist practice.

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A Taoist completely shuts him/herself off from the company of others, especially from the uninitiated.

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Only the teachings of the early masters (the Yellow Emperor, Laozi, Zhuangzi, and maybe Liezi) are relevant to Taoism.

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The teachings of the early masters, plus the revelations to Zhang Daoling and his successors are important to the evolution of Taoism.

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The teachings of Buddhism can add significantly to Taoist practice.

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The teachings of Confucianism can add significantly to Taoist practice.

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Folk practices and shamanism are an important addition to Taoist practice.

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Taoism can encompass any religion and practice available.

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Taoist theory and practice can only be expanded and reinterpreted by accomplished masters of a lineage, and even then with great care.
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