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• Taoism is less concerned with 'soteriology' than other religions...in much of Taoist thinking humans are already 'saved'- our innate nature is good, we only have realize it by 'forgetting' what is not natural (civilization, imposed moralities, ritualism, etc.) in other words, what is not in accordance with the Tao.
• Taists "...seek to find the still center, save energy for those times when action is needed, and take a humble quiet approach to life" (Fisher 179)
• Taoists seek immortality in "refinement of the body and..overcoming...the limits of worldly existence" (Fisher 182) - through meditation (zuowang) and harmonizing with the Tao, one's ch'I and consciousness can continue on after 'death,' since these- like all other things- continue on flowing with the Tao.
• The goals of Taoism: to experience the transcendent unity of all things, rather than separation...this higher level can only be attained when one ceases to feel any personal preference...disfigured or beautiful, small or large, they are al one in Tao (Fisher 177)
• Taoism affirms humility, contentment, non-desire, being yielding and supple, and overcoming fear of death and change by recognizing them as inherent and natural parts of 'the Way'
• As influenced by Buddhism, most modern Taoists affirm that there are levels of rebirth, such as hungry ghosts, levels of hells for atoning for negative karma, etc.
• Today, Taoist experts (priests, shamans) are called upon if communication with the dead or the spirits- or the exorcism of spirits-is required. This is a uniquely Taoist vocation.
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