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Flashcards in Taoism & Confuscianism Deck (11):
1

Lao Tzu

-Founder
-Disciples wrote down his teachings
-Collection of material from different authors in 3rd Century BCE

2

Tao Te Ching

-The leading book of the Taoist scriptures
-The "Classic of the Way and it's Working" or "The Way and It's Power"
- 81 sections of poetry
- The nature of the Tao and how one follows it

3

Chuang Tzu

- 2nd most important book of the Taoist scripture
- Philosopher and scripture
- Stories & allegory
- Challenges the leader
- Provocative style
- Challenges right from wrong
- Moral guidelines

4

Tao

- The way of the cosmos, to be "turned into" human life
- Cosmic way, way of life, in Confucianism relates to heaven
- Single, imperceptible, formless state that underlies being & not being, purposeless, amoral, and impersonal cosmic entity that serves as the underpinning for everything that exists.
- Beyond form, beyond sound, cannot be held

5

Te

- Virtue, power, working

6

Wu wei

- Non action, non striving, passitivity
- The use of the natural power of the Tao in oneself

7

Ch'I

- Vital energy
- Vital spirit or energy that animated living being
- Harmonize ones Ch'I with the Tao

8

Yin

- Shaded, cool

9

Yang

- Sunny, warm

10

Ying-Yang

- Two interactive cosmic forces of passivity and activity.
- Darkness (yin) & light (yang)
- Opposing pairs
- Observable principles of ones Ch'I
- Balance complement one another

11

Chiao

- Concept of Relativity
- All values and concepts are ultimately relative to the mind that entertains them
- Everything is relative