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ReligionTaoist School Selector
3 from 11 votes.
3,406 visitors' top results
Created August 2006.
A SelectSmart.com Selector by Ming Miaoxue
Are you a "philosophical" Taoist? Are you a "religious" Taoist? Are you one at all, or just curious where you'd place in the history of this spiritual/religious current? Take this quiz to find out. While only meant as a general overview of Taoist schools of practice and tradition, this can be a good starting point ot learning more about this often misunderstood religion.
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1. The Tao and its virtue are reflected in a pantheon of primordial deities, elemental forces, and ascended mortals.
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2. 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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3. 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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4. Ritual is a reflection of folk superstitions and has no place in the life of a Taoist.
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5. The focus of ritual should be the physical and energistic cultivation of the individual Taoist and his/her fellows.
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6. Primarily through meditation, one can escape mortal existence.
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7. A combination of physical conditioning and meditation can help one attain a purified state of being.
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8. Cultivations are not terribly important, awareness is sufficient to attain the virtue of Tao.
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9. The cultivation of sexual energy is an important part of refining one's body and mind.
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10. The confession of sins to a master and/or peers is important to cleansing one's body and energies.
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11. Performing charitable works is a good way to improve the state of one's being.
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12. 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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13. A Taoist lives in a separate community of others who share his/her lineage and practice.
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14. A Taoist receives his/her lineage from an elder relative at an early age.
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15. 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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16. Initiation into a lineage is not relevant to learning Taoist practice.
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17. A Taoist completely shuts him/herself off from the company of others, especially from the uninitiated.
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18. Only the teachings of the early masters (the Yellow Emperor, Laozi, Zhuangzi, and maybe Liezi) are relevant to Taoism.
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19. 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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20. The teachings of Buddhism can add significantly to Taoist practice.
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21. The teachings of Confucianism can add significantly to Taoist practice.
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22. Folk practices and shamanism are an important addition to Taoist practice.
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23. Taoism can encompass any religion and practice available.
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24. 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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