Chapter 25
Taoism: The Effortless Path
In This Chapter
• Taoism’s complementary relationship with Confucianism
• The fundamental ideas of Taoism
• Establishing a working definition of “the Tao”
• Why Taoism caught on
In this chapter, you learn about the influential religious and philosophical system known as Taoism, a tradition whose name, like its guiding force, defies complete explanation. Its practitioners would maintain that this inexpressibility is completely appropriate.
In recent years, Taoism, like Buddhism (another hard-to-define belief system), has given rise to a wave of articles, books, manuals, and essays in the West. To find out what all the fascination and fuss is about, read on!

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