Help Wikipedia improve by adding precise citations! They were collected by Taoist monks of the period in an attempt to bring together all of the teachings, of Taoism, including all the commentaries and expositions of the various masters from the original teachings found in the Tao Te Ching and Zhuangzi. It was split into Three Grottoes, which mirrors the Buddhist Tripitaka three baskets division. These three divisions were based on the main focus of Taoism in Southern China during the time it was made, namely; meditation , ritual , and exorcism. These Three Grottoes were used as levels for the initiation of Taoist masters, from lowest exorcism to highest meditation. These were mainly taken from older core Taoist texts e.

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Philosophers of Taoism are marked by triangles in dark green. Spelling and pronunciation[ edit ] Main article: Daoism—Taoism romanization issue Since the introduction of the Pinyin system for romanising Mandarin Chinese, there have been those who have felt that "Taoism" would be more appropriately spelled as "Daoism". These texts were linked together as "Daoist philosophy" during the early Han Dynasty , but notably not before. Main article: History of Taoism Laozi Riding an Ox — by Zhang Lu Laozi is traditionally regarded as one of the founders of Taoism and is closely associated in this context with "original" or "primordial" Taoism.

In earlier ancient China, Taoists were thought of as hermits or recluses who did not participate in political life. Zhuangzi was the best known of these, and it is significant that he lived in the south, where he was part of local Chinese shamanic traditions. Early Taoist movements developed their own institution in contrast to shamanism but absorbed basic shamanic elements. Shamans revealed basic texts of Taoism from early times down to at least the 20th century.

Throughout Chinese history, Taoism was nominated several times as a state religion. After the 17th century, however, it fell from favour. Taoism, in form of the Shangqing school , gained official status in China again during the Tang dynasty — , whose emperors claimed Laozi as their relative. It flourished during the 13th and 14th centuries and during the Yuan dynasty became the largest and most important Taoist school in Northern China.

During the 18th century, the imperial library was constituted, but excluded virtually all Taoist books. As a result, only one complete copy of the Daozang still remained, at the White Cloud Monastery in Beijing. The government regulates its activities through the Chinese Taoist Association.



To some extent, each successive Canon may be regarded as the result of a working relationship between church and state. The second volume of this publication contains indices to compilers and titles. Category:Daozang Recorded under each title are the fascicle number s in the Hanfen lou edition and volume number s in the volume Yiwen edition. The recent appearance of so many new resources is truly without precedent in the field of Taoist studies. Later efforts to recompile a Canon apparently met a similar fate following the Huang Chao rebellion of ttaoista This supplemental collection of some fifty titles is given the title Da Ming xu daozang jing Scriptures in Supplement to the Taoist Canon of the Great Ming.


Daigar It was only by the grace of his great-grandson the Zhengtong Emperor r. One of the more frequently cited resources is a stele inscription dating tobut certain portions of this text remain to be verified. Articles containing Chinese-language text. It was split into Three Grottoes, which mirrors the Buddhist Tripitaka three baskets division.

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