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I have heard an expression, "Buddhism without taoism is like popcorn without butter"
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Check out: http://www.thetaobums.comI just checked the site out. They do not seem to have very high views on Buddhism over there. :(
I think it's important to differentiate between philosophical Taoism (which is what I believe influenced Chan Buddhism in China) and religious Taoism, which tends to have a lot of shamanistic influence remaining (rituals, gods/godesses, etc).
different finger, same moon
What do you think about Taoism? I recently bought a book on Taoism, but I am wondering how well its philosophy could be integrated into Buddhism, if you understand me.
The Chuang Tzu, a taoist book, got me interested in this whole business of eastern thought and lead to buddhism for me.
Would it not be odd if Buddhism and Taoism were not essentially similar, seeing as how we all live in the same world? As someone said earlier, same moon, different finger. I find it difficult to see any important differences underneath the contingent details.
Another great one is the Tao of Zen by Ray Grigg. It is said that Zen is Taoism disguised as Buddhism.For me, they go hand in hand.