Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Eastern Religions: Taoism /Daoism

A guide that serves as a brief introduction into Eastern religons and philosophy including: Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Shintoism.


Image: Basic Yin-Yang drawn by ClayOgre is licensed under an Open Clipart Library License.

Tao, the undifferentiated Unity out of which all of existence arises.

Taoism Online

Where's Taoism Located in the Library?



TAOISM BL1899 - BL1942

Taoism: A Brief Overview


Daoism, also spelled Taoism, Major Chinese religio-philosophical tradition.

Though the concept of dao was employed by all Chinese schools of thought, Daoism arose out of the promotion of dao as the social ideal. Laozi is traditionally regarded as the founder of Daoism and the author of its classic text, the Daodejing . Other Daoist classics include the Zhuangzi (4th–3rd century bc; ) and the Liezi. In Daoism, dao is the force or principle about which nothing can be predicated, but that latently contains the forms, entities, and forces of all phenomena. This natural wisdom should not be interfered with; de, or superior virtue, is acquired through action so entirely in accordance with the natural order that its author leaves no trace of himself in his work. The tradition holds that all beings and things are fundamentally one. Daoism’s focus on nature and the natural order complements the societal focus of Confucianism, and its synthesis with Buddhism is the basis of Zen.

From the Online Britannica Encyclopedia

Taoism's Sacred Texts

Image: Bamboo Strips from On Being is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Intro to Daoism

Taoist Quotes

Books on Taoism