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Why Taoism can change the world (2)

By Ye Xiaonan (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:29, October 27, 2011

Why Taoism is so attractive to foreigners

A foreign believer with the Taoist name "Jingxiang" said that Taoism clarified his confusions and became his spiritual home.

"When proselytizing abroad, I have found that Westerners can easily accept Taoist concepts, such as the harmony among all things and the integration of Yin and Yang. Many of them are also interested in the Taoist theories of preserving one's health, so Taoism is becoming increasingly attractive and popular," Taoist priest Huang Shizhen said.

Experts said that Taoism, which originated and developed in China, has a long history and rich doctrines. Currently, the whole world faces a series of issues, such as energy crises and the deterioration of global ecological environment, which have drawn many people's attention to the Taoist principles of following the law of nature and being kind to all living things.

Further promoting Taoism in the world

Respecting Taoism, cherishing virtues and co-existing harmoniously are the themes of the Taoist forum. After discussing Taoism for three days, the Taoists from China and foreign countries all had a deeper understanding about subjects such as "following nature," "valuing and enjoying the life," "being kind to all lives" and "returning to the original simplicity." Meanwhile, they also widely discussed the issue of further promoting Taoist culture in the world.

The director of the China Taoism Association Ren Farong said that China has proposed the strategy of sustainable development and the great goal of jointly building up a harmonious society and is calling for international communities to harmoniously co-exist with their neighbors and achieve win-win situations. It is a good medicine for treating the various contradictions of the current world, which has attracted a lot of attention and achieved quite good results.

Martin Palmer said that, with the powerful modern media, they could use books, the Internet and audio-visual products to introduce the Taoism to Westerners so that more Westerners will know about and like it even if they have never been to China.

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wangrui at 2011-11-0265.74.1.*
@PD User 220.255.1Very simple-just child like faith!!!!! Nothing scientific, just a belief. In the 80s, the Archbishop of Canterbury, United Kingdom also question the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. I have European colleagues who claimed to be Christian but harbour the same doubt. On the other hand my Muslim friends belief in the virgin birth as this is written the Koran, the chapter on the "Family of Imran." which is dedicated to the life and miracles of the Lord. Precisely PD User, at the end of the day, nothing scientific, just child like faith and belief.
PD User at 2011-11-01220.255.1.*
It is very doubtful to belief what the pastor ask you to belief without any scientific proof.1)If there is no human being there is no mind to think of "God the creator". Therefore it no human being there is no God.2) If there is no God there is no human being because Adam & Eve is created by God.3)There is no proven scientific fact proven "the virgin birth" since the existence of the universal.4)This is also never been proven with scientific fact except in the written Bible. The are many magicians perform, people appear and disappear or walk thru the wall.At the end of the day it is just only a belief in faith.
shane wammy at 2011-11-01122.169.83.*
By the way what is Taoism ?? In stead of describing all these ,u cud have explained what taoism means ? whom do u pray in taoism ?Editor is an inexperienced one.
wangrui at 2011-11-0165.74.1.*
@ PD User 809416. I am an ethnic Chinese born into a Toaist family. I converted to christianity about 25 years ago when I was in the 30s. Today many of my extended family memebers have converted. Christianity has nothing to do with white people. Before I was baptised, the pastor asked if I belief the following:1. God the creator.2. Man originated from Adam and Eve and not from monkeys.3. The virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. 4. The Lord Jesus died from crucification and rose from dead 3 days later and taken to heaven.At the end of the day it is just faith and belief.Christianity originated from the Middle East, Jesus spoke Aramic and the people today are in city of Mosul, Iraq. To me the image of the Lord Jesus Christ is that of a glorious bright morning sun, not a pathetic looking blue eye, blonde hair man hanging on the cross. PD User, I share your reservation, my father was rather displeased when I converted. I celebrate Easter and Christmas. The Chinese Lunar New Year and family reunion is of paramount importance. Many of my Christian relatives and friends did not adopt Christian names. Christianity is growing among the Chinese and Indian community in my country. God the Creator also addressed as the Father is universal and has nothing to do with race or culture.
PD User at 2011-10-3097.121.242.*
Why do chinese people bother to propagate taoism across the world ?

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