Chinese Religion

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Nowadays in 21 centuries, human society steps into the era of advanced civilization, various religions are able to exist together instead of having one specific religion dominates the others. As a successful example of coexistence of different religions, the Chinese religions give a thorough illustration and explanation on how the Daoism, Buddhism, and
Confucian can merge together harmoniously: as Chinese culture was influenced by Daoism,
Buddhism and Confucian simultaneously, there appeared a unique religious ideology:
“Three religions in one”. The three religions interacted, influenced and coexisted with the others, and this ideology became a dominant and irreplaceable part of in Chinese culture. In order to have a better understanding of
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206-24), the idea from
Dao that “Govern by doing nothing that goes against the nature” was adopted by the
Emperors to govern the nation and rule the people. After that, the Dao philosophy was gradually transformed from a political belief into the religious group -- Daoism. Daoism climbed to its prosperous period during the Tang Dynasty: it became the national religion, and Lao Zi was treated as the Chinese ancestor. For a very long time in Chinese history,
Daoism had a significant influence in Chinese art. According to the class notes, Unit 4, in the terms of philosophy aspect, it “taught that the ultimate reality, could not be perceived.”
(p. 4 sec. 1.2); and “‘Dao’ means the way, the road, or the path and is the ordering principle of all life, the interface between human life and the way of the universe.” (p. 4 sec. 4.5).
The Dao philosophy was defined and explained in many famous literature readings, such as
“Yin Fu Jing”, “Dao De Jing”, “Lao”, “Zhuang”, and “Yi”. One famous principle from
Daoism was the Yin-Yang, it pointed that every object had two opposite sides, people should look for the balancing forces of opposites and learn how to cooperate with
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The tale was mainly about the journey of the famous monk in Tang Dynasty, Xuan Zang, to the Buddhist heartland of Indian. Besides the Buddhism, there was two obvious evidence for the appearance of Daoism and Confucianism. In the tale, Lao Zi appeared as a sage, packing immortality elixir pills, which was exactly the job of Dao attendants in the early period. Meanwhile, Confucianism appeared as the Monkey’s loyalty to Xuan Zang even though he was wrongly punished by Xuan Zang (Confucianism emphases people’s loyalty to the emporer). Therefore, the appearance of three religions illustrated that “there is not one specific path toward enlightenment; instead, there are many different spiritual paths that can be chosen in life to achieve the same means” (Rebekah Nydam, 2012, para. 6).
In addition, “Three teachings in one” was inherited in many other Chinese traditions, including “folk or popular beliefs in gods, spirits, and ghosts; ancestor worship; the imperial or state ritual; divination and geomancy; Confucianism; Taoism; and
Buddhism… Even before the Qing period, elements from these traditions had

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