Chinese Belief Analysis

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Although many Asian religions seem to share similar belief systems, each are very different in their own way. The three that specifically have a similar Chinese belief system are Confucianism, Taoiam and Buddhism. Many know these to be called the Three Doctrines and each have an immense impact on the history of China and its culture (Molloy 2013 p207). Molloy specifically identifies six of these beliefs and practices. There are six beliefs and practices that play a vital role in the Chinese belief system and culture. These beliefs and practices are, the belief in spirits, Tian, veneration of ancestors, seeing patterns in nature, yang and yin and Divination.
The Chinese belief in spirits is actually quite vast. Religious Facts estimates the
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Such things are “light and dark, day and night, hot and cold, sky and earth, summer and winter. The list of virtually infinite: male and female, right and left, front and back, up and down, out and in, sound and silence, birth and death.” (Molloy 2013 p208) However, less known is how complex the three basic themes, which are as follows “(1)yinyang as the coherent fabric of nature and mind, exhibited in all existence, (2) yinyang as jiao (interaction) between the waxing and waning of the cosmic and human realms, and (3) yinyang as a process of harmonization ensuring a constant dynamic balance of all things.” (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy) what this means is that at a very simplistic level yang and yin are what was mentioned before of light and dark, hot and cold, etc. Yet on a much deeper level, that meaning is much more extreme. That everything is very dependent upon each other, yet still very distinct. Also, that the world flows exactly as it should in a balanced …show more content…
Both share the general and overall system of respect and kindness. Taiosm however, seems to be the most similar to Buddhism overall as each have recommendations of how to live, believe strongly in the universe cycling naturally and the strong desire for peace and kindness. Additionally, each believe in and practice yoga for the body and mind. Lastly, as Molloy mentions, Taoism or Daoism as he refers to it, was influenced greatly by Buddhism. Molloy also mentions that the Daoist trinity was molded after the Buddhist concept of the three bodies of Buddha.
In conclusion, Chinese traditions seem to have had a vast impact on Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism as a whole. Although there are many similarities between Chinese beliefs and the other religions, it seems Taoism relates more closely to the Buddhism for several reasons. Confucianism seemed to have developed into more of a religion later on, whereas Taosim was intentionally modeled after Buddhism. On the contrary, Confucianism was more of a moral code, adapted into a

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