Taoism vs Daoism vs Buddhism vs Confucianism - The Difference Between?

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The taoist sage isn't

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/10/2010 - 19:19.

The taoist sage isn't separating self from the universe. The daoist does not force change upon nature and accepts when change happens. The taoist loves himself truly and doesn't frown upon death for it is natural. The daoist sees the world as perfect and in balance. Because change is always changing, tao is eternal.
The buddhist has a goal. The Buddhist wants to detach himself from the world to end suffering. The world is a trap and the only escape comes with diciplined detachment. It isnt about loving yourself and accepting the world like its your body.
Confucius is focused more on more social aspects within society. It is full of rules a expectations for a utopia like city. It is more focused on human affairs than nature as a whole.

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With all due respect, the

Submitted by Bill Hulet on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 01:36.

With all due respect, the Daoist is certainly separating him or herself from the "world of dust", which is also part of the universe.

It also strikes me that the sage is not a "Daoist" per ce, because Daoism is vehicle or Way for achieving sagehood. Once you catch a fish, you no longer need the fish trap.

As for just "accepting" the world, Daoism is firmly wedded to the concept of "kungfu", or achieving spiritual power through disciplined action. The paradox of spiritual practice is that one only becomes free to "let go" after a great deal of hard work. Gaining wisdom is like giving birth. That is why Daoist scriptures use metaphors of students being boiled, or dumped into tiger pits by their teachers. My own spiritual practice is just as hard on me as these metaphors would suggest! You need a hot furnace to refine the cinnabar!

I was taught that all three religions are one---Daoist, Buddhist and Confucian. The differences are like different roads leading to the same destination, not like roads leading in three different directions.

Ultimately, the differences come to not much more than that of Buddhists shaving their heads and Daoists not cutting their hair. Daoists must wear shoes and socks in their Temple, and Buddhists must be barefoot. (I don't know about Confucians.) The superficials come from history, the essence comes from what it means to be a man or woman.

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It is a pity this video is

Submitted by Violet on Mon, 01/31/2011 - 12:42.

It is a pity this video is not available yet. Its title promises a very interesting video. I've found one more video http://www.tubestime.com/watch/a-comparative-study-of-daoism-and-buddhism . Here Buddhism and Daosism are compared. Well, its very interesting to see the comparison of the main points. I don't thin it is important what people wear and what ceremonies they have. It is more important to learn what are the differences in their believes.

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Sorry, Violet. Since the

Submitted by James Miller on Tue, 02/01/2011 - 13:48.

Sorry, Violet. Since the video comes from an external source they have the right to allow it to be shown and to take it away.

Violet's picture

Sorry, I haven't known about

Submitted by Violet on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 10:39.

Sorry, I haven't known about this. I think they will allow it.