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Why Taoism can change the world

By Ye Xiaonan (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:27, October 27, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The closing ceremony of the international Taoism forum and a prayer meeting for world harmony concluded at Hengshan Mountain of Hunan province on Oct. 25. The forum has made the "Nanyue Declaration," which states that "being simple and sincere can help people to secure a peaceful mind, and following the laws of nature will ensure sustainable development," "respecting public lives will generate common prosperity" and "striving to promote harmony between heaven and mankind as well as world peace."

More than 500 attendees from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and 19 countries communicated during the world’s largest Taoist forum and witnessed the profound Taoist culture.

Spreading Taoism across the world

Chang Cheng, president of the Taoism Society of Taiwan, said that the book Tao Te Ching has become the second best-selling book in the West, only after the Bible. It has been translated into about 500 languages in the world.

A Japanese Taoist said during the forum that Japanese Taoist temples are working on the collection, analysis and research on the Taoist materials that were written in Chinese and preserved by Japan's first generation of Taoists during the country's Edo Period. Japanese people have not only built Taoist venues across the country, but they have also published clear and simple modern versions of the Tao Te Ching and popularized the book through the Internet.

Lin Zhou, deputy president of Chinese Taoist Association, said that Taoism has taken root in many countries and regions, and Taoist believers and followers can be seen in many places around the world. Overseas Chinese make up the majority of Taoist believers outside of China. Wherever there are a large number of Chinese people, there will be Taoist believers. Many Taoist temples have been built in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United States, France and other countries. Moreover, many Westerners have become Taoist believers, and a lot of foreign universities and academies have been doing extensive research into Taoism.

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Chinaman at 2011-11-0660.54.69.*
Why do men have to belief in god in order to live in this world? To me, the fear and ignorant of the nature of things that draw these believers to god! what a shame in this modern and internet era, people still belief blindly! Can you imagine some people still belief in virgin birth? That we are made from clay? That the dead came back alive 3 days later? Be real man! At the end of the day, the so called faithful believe blindly, donating generously and the church became rich. Such fools.
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.

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