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Daoism / Taoism

Literally: The Way or Road
China dào
Japan michi / -do
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道 is the character "dao" which is sometimes written as "tao" but pronounced like "dow" in Mandarin.

道 is the base of what is known as "Taoism." If you translate this literally, it can mean "the way" or "the path."

Dao is believed to be that which flows through all things, and keeps them in balance. It incorporates the ideas of yin and yang (e.g. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)

The beginning of Taoism can be traced to a mystical man named
Lao Zi (604-531 BC), who followed, and added to the teachings of Confucius.

More about Taoism / Daoism here.

Note that this is pronounced "dou" and sometimes "michi" when written alone in Japanese but pronounced "do" in word compounds such as Karate-do and Bushido. It's also "do" in Korean.

Alternate translations and meanings: road, way, path; truth, principle province.

Important Japanese note: In Japanese, this will generally be read with the road, way, or path meaning. Taoism is not as popular or well-known in Japan, so that Daoist/Taoist philosophy is not the first thing a Japanese person will think of then they read this character.


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Daoism / Taoism

China dào jiào
Japan doukyou
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道教 is the title often used in both Chinese and Japanese to describe the beliefs or religion of Taoism / Daoism.

The first character is simply "dao" and the second character can be translated as "teachings," "faith" or "doctrine."

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Pronunciation
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Mandarin dào / dao4
Taiwan tao
Japanese dou / do / どう
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Chinese road; path; CL:條|条[tiao2],股[gu3]; principle; truth; morality; reason; skill; method; Dao (of Daoism); to say; to speak; to talk; classifier for long thin things (rivers, cracks etc), barriers (walls, doors etc), questions (in an exam etc), commands, courses in a meal, steps in a process; (old) administrative division (similar to province in Tang times)
Japanese (1) (abbreviation) (See 道・みち・1) road; path; street; route; (2) (See 道・みち・5) way; set of practices; rules for conducting oneself; (3) Buddhist teachings; (4) Taoism; (5) modern administrative region of Japan (Hokkaido); (6) historical administrative region of Japan (Tokaido, Tosando, etc.); (7) province (Tang-era administrative region of China); (8) province (modern administrative region of Korea); (personal name) Wataru; (given name) Motoi; (personal name) Michihiro; (surname) Michizaki; (surname, female given name) Michi; (given name) Makoto; (female given name) Fumi; (given name) Naoshi; (surname) Douzaki; (surname) Dou; (female given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadasu; (given name) Tadashi; (female given name) Tao; (personal name) Susumu; (given name) Osamu
mārga. A way, road; the right path; principle, Truth, Reason, Logos, Cosmic energy; to lead; to say. The way of transmigration by which one arrives at a good or bad existence; any of the six gati, or paths of destiny. The way of bodhi, or enlightenment leading to nirvāṇa through spiritual stages. Essential nirvāṇa, in which absolute freedom reigns. For the eightfold noble path v. 八聖道.; The two Ways: (1) (a) 無礙道 or 無間道 The open or unhindered way, or the way of removing all obstacles or intervention, i. e. all delusion; (b) 解脫道 the way of release, by realization of truth. (2) (a) 難行道 The hard way of "works", i. e. by the six pāramitā and the disciplines. (b) 易行道 the easy way salvation, by the invocation of Amitābha. (3) (a) 有漏道 The way of reincarnation or mortality; (b) 無漏 the enlightened way of escape from the miseries of transmigration. (4) (a) 教道 The way of instruction; (b) 證道 the way of realization. (5) The two lower excretory organs.

三魂

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Mandarin sān hún / san1 hun2
Taiwan san hun
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Chinese three immortal souls in Daoism, representing spirit and intellect

修行

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Mandarin xiū xíng / xiu1 xing2
Taiwan hsiu hsing
Japanese shugyou(p);sugyou(ok) / shugyo(p);sugyo(ok) / しゅぎょう(P);すぎょう(ok)
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Chinese to practice Buddhism or Daoism
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) {Buddh} ascetic practices; (2) training; practice; discipline; study; (personal name) Nobuyuki; (personal name) Naomichi; (surname) Shugyou; (surname) Shuugyou; (personal name) Shigeo
caryā, conduct; to observe and do; to end one's ways; to cultivate oneself in right practice; be religious, or pious; to carry out or perform

老子

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Mandarin lǎo zi // lǎo zǐ / lao3 zi5 // lao3 zi3
Taiwan lao tzu // lao
Japanese roushi / roshi / ろうし
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Chinese father; daddy; "I, your father" (in anger, or out of contempt); I (used arrogantly or jocularly); Laozi or Lao-tze (c. 500 BC), Chinese philosopher, the founder of Taoism; the sacred book of Daoism, 道德經|道德经 by Laozi
Japanese Laozi; Lao Tzu; Lao Tse; (person) Laozi (semi-legendary Chinese philosopher and deity); (surname) Oigo; (surname) Oiko
Laozi, or Laocius, the accepted founder of the Daoists. The theory that his soul went to India and was reborn as the Buddha is found in the 齊書 History of the Qi dynasty 顧歡傳.

道教

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Mandarin dào jiào / dao4 jiao4
Taiwan tao chiao
Japanese doukyou / dokyo / どうきょう
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Chinese Taoism; Daoism (Chinese system of beliefs)
Japanese Taoism; Daoism; (personal name) Michinori; (personal name) Michitaka; (personal name) Doukyou
Taoism. The teaching of the right way, i.e. of Buddhism; Daoism

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Mandarin xuán / xuan2
Taiwan hsüan
Japanese fukashi / ふかし    hiroshi / ひろし    hyon / ひょん    hikaru / ひかる    haruka / はるか    hajime / はじめ    takashi / たかし    shizuka / しずか    sachimi / さちみ    gensou / genso / げんそう    genji / げんじ    gen / げん    kurou / kuro / くろう
Chinese black; mysterious
Japanese (given name) Fukashi; (given name) Hiroshi; (surname) Hyon; (given name) Hikaru; (surname, female given name) Haruka; (given name) Hajime; (personal name) Takashi; (female given name) Shizuka; (personal name) Sachimi; (personal name) Gensou; (personal name) Genji; (surname) Gen; (surname) Kurou
Dark, sombre, black; abstruse, obscure, deep, profound; hence it is used to indicate Daoism, and was afterwards adopted by the Buddhists.

七魄

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Mandarin qī pò / qi1 po4
Taiwan ch`i p`o / chi po
Chinese seven mortal forms in Daoism, representing carnal life and desires; contrasted with 三魂 three immortal souls

三教

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Mandarin sān jiào / san1 jiao4
Taiwan san chiao
Japanese sankyou / sankyo / さんきょう
Chinese the Three Doctrines (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism)
Japanese Shinto, Buddhism and Confucianism; (given name) Mitsunori
The three teachings, i.e. 儒, 佛 (or 釋), and 道Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism; or, 孔, 老, 釋 Confucianism, Taoism (aIso known as 神敎), and Buddhism. In Japan they are Shinto, Confucianism, and Buddhism. In Buddhism the term is applied to the three periods of Śākyamuni's own teaching, of which there are several definitions: (1) The Jiangnan 南中 School describe his teaching as (a) 漸progressive or gradual; (b) 頓 immediate, i.e. as one whole, especially in the 華嚴經; and (c) 不定 or indeterminate. (2) 光統 Guangtong, a writer of the Iater Wei dynasty, describes the three as (a) 漸 progressive for beginners, i.e. from impermanence to permanence, from the void to reality, etc.; (b) 頓 immediate for the more advanced; and (c) 圓complete, to the most advanced, i.e. the Huayan as above. (3) The 三時敎q.v. (4) The 南山 Southern school deals with (a) the 性空of Hīnayāna; (b) 相空of Mahāyāna; and (c) 唯識圓 the perfect idealism. v. 行事鈔中 4. Tiantai accepts the division of 漸, 頓, and 不定 for pre-Lotus teaching, but adopts 漸 gradual, 頓 immediate, and 圓 perfect, with the Lotus as the perfect teaching; it also has the division of 三藏敎 , 通敎 , and 別敎 q.v.

修道

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Mandarin xiū dào / xiu1 dao4
Taiwan hsiu tao
Japanese shuudou / shudo / しゅうどう
Chinese to practice Daoism
Japanese learning; studying the fine arts; (given name) Nagamichi; (personal name) Naomichi; (surname) Shuudou; (personal name) Osamichi; (given name) Osami
To cultivate the way of religion; be religious; the way of self-cultivation. In the Hīnayāna the stage from anāgāmin to arhat; in Mahāyāna one of the bodhisattva stages; path of [meditative] cultivation

太陰


太阴

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Mandarin tài yīn / tai4 yin1
Taiwan t`ai yin / tai yin
Japanese taiin / tain / たいいん
Chinese the Moon (esp. in Daoism)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) the moon; lunar

法寶


法宝

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Mandarin fǎ bǎo / fa3 bao3
Taiwan fa pao
Japanese houbou / hobo / ほうぼう
Chinese Buddha's teaching; Buddhist monk's apparel, staff etc; (Daoism) magic weapon; talisman; fig. specially effective device; magic wand
Japanese (personal name) Houbou
Dharmaratna. (1) Dharma-treasure, i. e. the Law or Buddha-truth, the second personification in the triratna 三寶. (2) The personal articles of a monk or nun— robe, almsbowl, etc; dharma treasure

玄機


玄机

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Mandarin xuán jī / xuan2 ji1
Taiwan hsüan chi
Japanese genki / げんき
Chinese profound theory (in Daoism and Buddhism); mysterious principles
Japanese (personal name) Genki

玄武

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Mandarin xuán wǔ / xuan2 wu3
Taiwan hsüan wu
Japanese genbu;genmu / げんぶ;げんむ
Chinese Black Tortoise (the seven mansions of the north sky); (in Daoism) God of the north sky
Japanese (1) (See 四神) Black Tortoise (god said to rule over the northern heavens); (2) {astron} (See 二十八宿) seven mansions (Chinese constellations) of the northern heavens; (personal name) Hirotake; (personal name) Harutake; (personal name) Tsunetake; (personal name) Shizutake; (place-name, surname) Genbu; (given name) Kurotake

祿星


禄星

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Mandarin lù xīng / lu4 xing1
Taiwan lu hsing
Chinese Star God of Rank and Affluence (Daoism)

罡風


罡风

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Mandarin gāng fēng / gang1 feng1
Taiwan kang feng
Chinese in Daoism, astral wind on which immortals may ride; strong wind

羽化

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Mandarin yǔ huà / yu3 hua4
Taiwan yü hua
Japanese uka / うか
Chinese levitation (of Daoist immortal); to become as light as a feather and ascend to heaven; (in Daoism) to become immortal; to die; of winged insects, to emerge from the cocoon in adult form; eclosion
Japanese (noun/participle) emergence (of insects); growing wings and flying; eclosion; (surname) Uka

老君

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Mandarin lǎo jun / lao3 jun1
Taiwan lao chün
Chinese Laozi or Lao-tze (c. 500 BC), Chinese philosopher, the founder of Taoism; the sacred book of Daoism, 道德經|道德经 by Laozi

老莊


老庄

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Mandarin lǎo zhuāng / lao3 zhuang1
Taiwan lao chuang
Japanese Rō-Sō
Chinese Laozi and Zhuangzi (or Lao-tze and Chuang-tze), the founders of Daoism
Laozi and Zhuangzi

諸子


诸子

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Mandarin zhū zǐ / zhu1 zi3
Taiwan chu tzu
Japanese moroko;moroko / もろこ;モロコ    shoshi / しょし
Chinese various sages; refers to the classical schools of thought, e.g. Confucianism 儒[ru2] represented by Confucius 孔子[Kong3 zi3] and Mencius 孟子[Meng4 zi3], Daoism 道[dao4] by Laozi 老子[Lao3 zi3] and Zhuangzi 莊子|庄子[Zhuang1 zi3], Mohism 墨[mo4] by Mozi 墨子[Mo4 zi3], Legalism 法[fa3] by Sunzi 孫子|孙子[Sun1 zi3] and Han Feizi 韓非子|韩非子[Han2 Fei1 zi3], and numerous others
Japanese (1) (kana only) gudgeon (any fish of genus Gnathopogon or related genera); (2) (See 本諸子) willow gudgeon (Gnathopogon caerulescens); (3) (See 九絵) longtooth grouper (species of fish, Epinephelus bruneus); (1) gentlemen; you; (all of) you or them; (2) (See 諸子百家) Hundred Schools of Thought; (surname, female given name) Moroko
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道學


道学

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Mandarin dào xué / dao4 xue2
Taiwan tao hsüeh
Chinese Confucian study of ethics; study of Daoism; school for Daoism in Tang and Song times; Daoist magic; another name for 理學|理学, rational learning of Song dynasty neo-Confucianism
Japanese See: 道学

道德經


道德经

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Mandarin dào dé jīng / dao4 de2 jing1
Taiwan tao te ching
Japanese Dōtoku kyō
Chinese the Book of Dao by Laozi or Lao-Tze, the sacred text of Daoism
Daode jing

道教徒

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Mandarin dào jiào tú / dao4 jiao4 tu2
Taiwan tao chiao t`u / tao chiao tu
Chinese a Daoist; a follower of Daoism

黃庭經


黄庭经

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Mandarin huáng tíng jīng / huang2 ting2 jing1
Taiwan huang t`ing ching / huang ting ching
Chinese Huangting Jing, one of the primary scriptures of Daoism

三官大帝

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Mandarin sān guān dà dì / san1 guan1 da4 di4
Taiwan san kuan ta ti
Chinese the three gods in charge of heaven, earth and water (Daoism)

三教九流

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Mandarin sān jiào jiǔ liú / san1 jiao4 jiu3 liu2
Taiwan san chiao chiu liu
Chinese the Three Religions (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism) and Nine Schools (Confucians, Daoists, Yin-Yang, Legalists, Logicians, Mohists, Political Strategists, Eclectics, Agriculturists); fig. people from all trades (often derog.)

三魂七魄

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Mandarin sān hún qī pò / san1 hun2 qi1 po4
Taiwan san hun ch`i p`o / san hun chi po
Chinese three immortal souls and seven mortal forms in Daoism, contrasting the spiritual and carnal side of man

諸子十家


诸子十家

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Mandarin zhū zǐ shí jiā / zhu1 zi3 shi2 jia1
Taiwan chu tzu shih chia
Chinese various sages and ten schools of thought; refers to the classical schools of thought, e.g. Confucianism 儒[ru2] represented by Confucius 孔子[Kong3 zi3] and Mencius 孟子[Meng4 zi3], Daoism 道[dao4] by Laozi 老子[Lao3 zi3] and Zhuangzi 莊子|庄子[Zhuang1 zi3], Mohism 墨[mo4] by Mozi 墨子[Mo4 zi3], Legalism 法[fa3] by Sunzi 孫子|孙子[Sun1 zi3] and Han Feizi 韓非子|韩非子[Han2 Fei1 zi3], and numerous others

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
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