The Great Vehicle Heraclitus was notoriously difficult to understand even in antiquity, and we only have his direct writings in fragments quoted by others, so it's hard to say much in detail. The key seems to have been the concept of Flux, i.
The world religions can be placed into two basic categories: Eastern Religions Eastern religions view ultimate reality as impersonal.
In Hinduism, all is one. And that universal oneness is called Brahman. Brahman is the impersonal, ultimate reality of everything. In Taoism, the ultimate reality is the Tao or the Way. The Tao is the universal force of harmony composed of the yin and the yang.
Western Religions Western religions view ultimate reality as personal. Christianity views ultimate reality as God—the triune God: Islam sees ultimate reality as Allah—the God revealed to Muhammad.
The Big Difference So the big difference is simple: Ultimate reality is personal or impersonal. The gap between the two is enormous. For example, while Buddhism affirms nothingness, Jesus emphasizes the personal nature of God.
According to Jesus, we should view God not only as a personal being, but as one of the most intimate types of personal beings—a loving Father.
For example, Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. So what is real, ultimately real? A God who relates to us as a loving Father relates to little children or an impersonal oneness or nothingness or force?
His self-study Bible courses and devotional books are available on Amazon.In Buddhism, nothingness is the ultimate reality.
Confucius didn’t talk much about the afterlife, but he did refer to Heaven in an impersonal manner. In Taoism, the ultimate reality is the Tao or the Way.
Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings According to the Taode jing, something existed "before heaven and earth" and the author, not knowing the name of that something, called it Tao (Ch. 25). This Tao is a very different Tao from the tao discussed as " the way," and it is a later use of the term.
Some people believe Lao Tzu is a mythical character. State support of Taoism ended in with the end of the Ch'ing Dynasty and much Taoist heritage was destroyed. Tao (pronounced 'Dao') can be defined as 'path', or 'road'. The way of the Tao is the way of Nature and of ultimate reality.
Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto The nature of God/gods — a comparison of Hinduism and Buddhism Superficially, Hinduism appears to be a true polytheistic religion. Some people believe Lao Tzu is a mythical character. State support of Taoism ended in with the end of the Ch'ing Dynasty and much Taoist heritage was destroyed.
Tao (pronounced 'Dao') can be defined as 'path', or 'road'. The way of the Tao is the way of Nature and of ultimate reality. It is the ultimate reality as well as the proper natural way of life humans must follow. Taoism prizes naturalness, non-action, and inwardness.
Generally speaking, there are two kinds of Taoism.