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What is the difference between Taoism and Buddhism?

Asked by Juul , Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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J. Alva

J. Alva

Answered Jun 23, 2020

Taoism and Buddhism are two popular religions in most Asian countries and other parts of the world. Both believe in the philosophy that one can only achieve salvation through the rebirth of the soul or reincarnation. However, one of the major differences between these two religions is that Taoism originated from China about some 2000 years ago and spread to other countries, whereas Buddhism is one of the oldest religions that started in India.

Buddhism came earlier before Taoism and this was about 2500 years ago. Taoism is based on the belief that every individual needs to conform to the Tao i.e. the way of nature, in order to unite with the cosmos. Taoism preaches more on peace, emptiness, naturalness, etc. Buddhism, on the other hand, is based on the teachings of its founder i.e. Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha Gautama is also known as the Buddha. This religion preaches that humans have the potential to become enlightened beings. Followers of this religion believe that is the only way an individual can achieve salvation. They believe all these can be achieved only when all pains and sufferings have been surpassed.

 

E. James

E. James

Answered Jun 23, 2020

There are so many religions in the world. Many were even practiced well before Christianity was founded. Buddhism and Taoism are two examples. One of the major distinctions between the two is that Buddhism originated in India, and Taoism originated from China. Lord Buddha is the originator of Buddhism, while the founder of Taoism is Lao-Tzu. The highest goal of Buddhism is the achievement of Nirvana. This feat is referred to as the supreme state of bliss because, at this stage, we are free from suffering.

There is also freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Buddhists believe that life goes on indefinitely due to rebirth. On the other hand, Taoism consists of the notion that harmony with the universe can be achieved when you are immersed in nature. They also believe that the soul is eternal, and it sees no end. Instead, it goes into another life, and it perpetuates until it reaches the most integral aspect of Taoism, which is reincarnation. With reincarnation, you will come back as something or someone else.

 

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