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Tao Te Chingism vs Taoism

To: alt.philosophy.taoism
From: (Gr8tao)
Subject: Tao Te Chingism vs Taoism
Date: 7 Jun 1996 12:35:19 -0400

Perhaps I have been a bit too strong lately ... I thought the newsgroup
was for and about people interested in Taoism.  Unfortunately it appears
to be about Tao Te Chingism.

What is that?  Tao Te Chingism - a "pop" culture of indivduals who read
the Tao Te Ching, take thier best guess at what it says and talk about it
over and over and over again!  


Taoism - a consolidation of  a number of concepts and practices. This
consolidation of ideas and practices include the CORE components of at
least the following: "theories regarding the body and diet (jing), phyical
and mental energy (qi), martial arts as a means of discipline. Also
herbology, meditation and philosophical inquiry (shen). Broken into 2
major categories (philosophical and religious) there are many sects of
each branch but all contain at least the "core" components.

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