Numerous concepts and events in Ancient China’s history were influenced by three major faiths or ideologies. The three ways are Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. They go by the name of the three ways.
Lao-Tzu established Taoism in the sixth century under the Zhou Dynasty. The Tao Te Ching is a book that Lao-Tzu wrote that contains his philosophical and religious views.
According to aoism, everyone should live in harmony with nature and all living things possess a universal force. Taoists rejected a complex system of laws and centralized authority. They distinguished themselves significantly from Confucius’s adherents in this way.
Taoism is the source of the Yin and Yang concept. They thought that everything in nature is balanced by two forces known as Yin and Yang. These forces can be compared to male and female, dark and light, cold and hot. These opposing forces are consistently balanced and equal.
Confucius was born in 551 BC, not too long after Lao-Tzu established Taoism. Philosopher and thinker Confucius. Confucius proposed guidelines for how individuals ought to act and live. Although he didn’t record these, his disciples did.
The core of Confucius’ teachings is how to treat people with decency, courtesy, and fairness. Honor and morality, in his opinion, were crucial traits. He also mentioned the value of family and the necessity of respecting one’s kin. Confucius’s followers, unlike Taoists, supported a well-coordinated, powerful government.
Confucius is well-known today for his numerous proverbs. Some of them are as follows:
Never forget kindnesses; forget injuries.
No matter how slowly you move, as long as you keep moving, you will succeed.
Our greatest accomplishment is not never falling, but rather rising every time.
Consider the repercussions before you become angry.
Although everything is beautiful, not everyone can see it.
Buddha’s teachings served as the foundation for Buddhism. Buddha was born in Nepal in 563 BC, not far from China. Much of India and China experienced the spread of Buddhism. Buddhists hold that a person can “rebirth” multiple times. They also think that if a person leads a moral life, the cycle of rebirth is finished. The individual’s soul would then reach nirvana at this time.
Buddhists also hold to the idea of Karma. According to karma, every action has an effect. Therefore, whether or not your acts were good or harmful, they will come back to benefit you (or hurt you) in the future.