• How Many Religions Are There in the World?

      How Many Religions Are There in the World?

      8/9/2021 10:33:12 AM

      Pinpointing precisely how many religions there are in the world today is next to impossible, although some estimate the number exceeds four thousand. The vast majority of those faiths are contained within a handful of major religious groups.

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    • The Story of Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess

      The Story of Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess

      6/2/2021 8:27:34 AM

      Pele is the goddess of fire, lighting, and volcanoes in Hawaiian indigenous religion. She is sometimes called Madame Pele, Tutu (Grandmother) Pele, or Ka wahine ʻai honua, the earth-eating woman. According to Hawaiian legend, Pele is the creator of the Hawaiian Islands.

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    • The Basics of Zoroastrianism

      The Basics of Zoroastrianism

      5/5/2021 10:03:10 AM

      Zoroastrianism is arguably the world’s oldest monotheistic religion. It centers on the words of the prophet Zarathushtra, called Zoroaster by the ancient Greeks, and focuses worship upon Ahura Mazda, the Lord of Wisdom.

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    • Is Scientology a Cult?

      Is Scientology a Cult?

      4/23/2021 10:56:59 AM

      Scientology was created in 1952 by the charismatic leader and science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. It has been designated a religion by the United States and the UK governments for tax purposes. But it has also been called an "anti-constitutional sect" in Germany and a "dangerous cult" in France and in many parts of the United States. 

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    • Do Sikhs Believe in a Bible?

      Do Sikhs Believe in a Bible?

      7/9/2021 10:31:47 AM

      The word bible is derived from the Greek word biblia meaning books. The term which originates from Byblos an ancient Phoenician city which traded in papyrus used in producing a paper like substance for writing upon. Scriptures and scrolls were among the earliest of hand written books. 

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    • Mukti Defined: Emancipation and Attainment of Salvation

      Mukti Defined: Emancipation and Attainment of Salvation

      4/28/2021 10:16:33 AM

      Mukti is a derivative of the root word Mukt which can mean absolution, deliverance, emaciation, freedom, liberation, pardon, release, or salvation. In Sikhism, mukti generally refers to liberation from the bondage of five influences of ego. 

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    • 10 Ways That Sikhism Differs From Hinduism A Comparison of Beliefs, Faith, and Practices

      10 Ways That Sikhism Differs From Hinduism A Comparison of Beliefs, Faith, and Practices

      4/19/2021 10:48:51 AM

      Sikhs are not Hindus. Sikhism rejects many aspects of Hinduism. Sikhism is a distinct religion with a unique scripture, principles, code of conduct, guidelines, initiation ceremony, and appearance developed over three centuries by ten gurus, or spiritual masters.

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    • Do Sikhs Believe in the Devil or Demons?

      Do Sikhs Believe in the Devil or Demons?

      4/14/2021 11:10:56 AM

      Sikhism does not have a concept of the devil, or Satan as does Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. Sikhs believe that demons or devils are entities, or spirits which are driven solely by ego.

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    • Yoruba Religion: History and Beliefs

      Yoruba Religion: History and Beliefs

      3/31/2021 9:43:37 AM

      The Yorùbá people, who inhabit a significant part of Western Africa, including Nigeria, have been practicing their unique set of religious customs for centuries. Yoruba religion is a blend of indigenous beliefs, myths and legends, proverbs, and songs, all influenced by the cultural and social contexts of the western portion of Africa.

       

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    • Engimono: Definition, Origins, Significance

      Engimono: Definition, Origins, Significance

      3/15/2021 10:52:40 AM

      Engimono are traditional Japanese lucky charms, often decorated with bright colors and designs, that signify different kinds of luck (e.g. marriage and love, fertility, success). The practice of keeping engimono comes from Japanese folklore, though it also has strong roots in both Buddhist and Shinto culture and religious history. 

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    • Glossary of Shinto: Definitions, Beliefs, and Practices

      Glossary of Shinto: Definitions, Beliefs, and Practices

      3/8/2021 9:51:12 AM

      Since Shinto has no founder or central creationist figure, but rather is an ancient set of beliefs that was formally incorporated into Japanese society with the influx of Confucianism and Buddhism, understanding the complex web of tradition, ritual, prayer, kami, and jinja can be daunting. This glossary provides you with a general overview of Shinto definitions, key terms, names, and figures that repeatedly appear across the study of Shinto.

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    • Understanding Kami, the Shinto Spirits or Gods

      Understanding Kami, the Shinto Spirits or Gods

      3/1/2021 9:47:29 AM

      The spirits or gods of Shinto are known as kami. Yet, calling these entities 'gods' is not quite correct because kami actually includes a wide expanse of supernatural beings or forces. Kami takes on many meanings depending on the context and it doesn't just refer to the Western concept of God or gods, either. 

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    • Japanese Mythology: Izanami and Izanagi

      Japanese Mythology: Izanami and Izanagi

      2/24/2021 9:51:28 AM

      Every Japanese emperor and empress in the long line of familial succession can trace their ancestry and divine right to rule directly to the deities that, according to Japanese mythology, formed the islands of Japan from the murky darkness of the earth below the heavens.

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    • Shinto Worship: Traditions and Practices

      Shinto Worship: Traditions and Practices

      2/1/2021 11:14:29 AM

      Shinto (meaning the way of the gods) is the oldest indigenous system of belief in Japanese history. Its beliefs and rituals are practiced by more than 112 million people.

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    • Taoist Immortal Lu Dongbin (Lu Tung Pin): An Introduction

      Taoist Immortal Lu Dongbin (Lu Tung Pin): An Introduction

      5/12/2021 11:01:35 AM

      The most well-known of the Eight Immortals—and sometimes portrayed as their leader - is Lu Dongbin (also spelled Lu Tung-Pin), who is considered, in various contexts, as the patron of jugglers, magicians, barbers, and neidan: a true Renaissance man! What we know of his historical life was that he was a Tang dynasty scholar and poet.

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    • An Insider`s Look at Taoist Cosmology

      An Insider's Look at Taoist Cosmology

      5/10/2021 9:25:59 AM

      Every spiritual tradition has a defined (or implied) cosmology: a story about the origin of the universe--about how the world as we perceive it comes into existence. 

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    • The Eight Immortals Of Taoism

      The Eight Immortals Of Taoism

      4/12/2021 10:52:16 AM

      For devout believers, a central tenet of the ancient Chinese practice of Taoism is the belief that adhering to certain beliefs and practices can lead to very long life, even immortality.

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    • Overview of Internal Alchemy in Taoism

      Overview of Internal Alchemy in Taoism

      4/5/2021 11:15:53 AM

      nner Alchemy or Neidan, a term often used synonymously with Qigong, is the Taoist art and science of gathering, storing, and circulating the energies of the human body. 

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    • Daoism in China Schools, Main Tenets, and the History of Practicing ``The Tao``

      Daoism in China Schools, Main Tenets, and the History of Practicing "The Tao"

      3/24/2021 9:51:57 AM

      Daoism or 道教 (dào jiào) is one of the major religions indigenous to China. The core of Daoism is in learning and practicing “The Way” (Dao) which is the ultimate truth to the universe. 

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    • What Does the Yin-Yang Symbol Mean?

      What Does the Yin-Yang Symbol Mean?

      3/17/2021 9:13:24 AM

      The most well-known of Taoist visual symbols is the Yin-Yang, also known as the Taiji symbol. The image consists of a circle divided into two teardrop-shaped halves—one white and the other black. Within each half is contained a smaller circle of the opposite color. 

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    • The Taoist Five Elements

      The Taoist Five Elements

      3/12/2021 8:59:32 AM

      According to Taoist cosmology, Yin-Qi and Yang-Qi – the primordial feminine and masculine energies – produce what are known as the “Five Elements.” The Five Elements, in turn, give birth to the “ten-thousand things,” i.e. all of manifest existence. The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.

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    • The Three Purities of Taoism

      The Three Purities of Taoism

      2/26/2021 9:20:16 AM

      The Three Purities, or the Three Pure Ones, are the highest deities in the Taoist pantheon. They function, for Taoism, in a similar way to the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) of Christianity, or the Trikaya (Dharmakaya, Samboghakaya, and Nirmanakaya) of Buddhism. They represent three aspects of the divinity inherent in all living beings.

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    • Laozi, the Founder of Taoism

      Laozi, the Founder of Taoism

      2/26/2021 9:06:35 AM

      Laozi, also known as Lao Tzu, is a Chinese legendary and historical figure who is considered to be the founder of Taoism. The Tao Te Ching, Taoism’s most sacred text, is believed to have been written by Laozi.

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    • Gender and Taoism

      Gender and Taoism

      2/24/2021 10:30:03 AM

      According to Taoist practice, at the deepest level of our being—in our spiritual essence—we are neither man nor woman. Learn how this concept applies throughout Taoism, including its history, scriptures, ceremonies, and tradition.

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    • The Shamanic Origins of Taoism. The Historical Origins Of Taoism In China

      The Shamanic Origins of Taoism. The Historical Origins Of Taoism In China

      2/22/2021 10:14:16 AM

      The Historical Origins Of Taoism In China

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    • About the Tao Te Ching

      About the Tao Te Ching

      10/9/2020 10:27:51 AM

      “Tao Te Ching” is the Wade-Giles romanization of the original Chinese title. Depending on the specific set of rules one follows, it can also be written like “Tao-te Ching” — with the hyphen and the second character in lowercase.

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    • Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained

      Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained

      10/9/2020 10:11:47 AM

      Originally written by a sage named Lao Tzu over 2,500 years ago, the Tao Te Ching is one of the most succinct—and yet the most profound—spiritual texts ever written. 

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    • Taoism – a part of the Three Religions of Vietnam

      Taoism – a part of the Three Religions of Vietnam

      2/10/2017 9:43:53 PM

      Tam Giao, which includes Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, plays the key role in Vietnamese religion. “Tao” means “path” or “way” that turns Taoists’ thoughts to health, longevity, immortality and spontaneity.

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    • Taoism 101: Introduction to the Tao

      Taoism 101: Introduction to the Tao

      3/8/2016 10:11:33 AM

      Taoism teaches a person to follow their breath, to embrace wonder and the joy in living gracefully with style. So here is the modern practical guide to living as a Taoist!

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    • A Short History of Daoism

      A Short History of Daoism

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Daoism is an organised religious tradition that has been continuously developing and transforming itself through China, Korea and Japan for some two thousand years. Now it has spread around the globe from Sydney to Toronto and includes among its followers people from a whole range of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

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    • The Value of the Tao

      The Value of the Tao

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      What makes the Tao so special? Authentic traditions of the Tao emphasize practical teachings that anyone can follow, so we cannot stop at simplistic slogans like “the Tao is priceless.” We also cannot avoid answering the question with glib statements like “the specialness of the Tao cannot be expressed with words.”

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    • Le ``Minh Ly``

      Le "Minh Ly"

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Depuis 1922, l'Être Suprême a guidé ces débutants dans la voie spirituelle. A ces premiers jours, les fondateurs du « Minh Ly » comprenaient 6 personnes: Nguyên Van Miêt (Minh Thiên), Nguyên Van Xung (Minh Giao), Lê Van Ngoc (Minh Truyên), Vo Van Thanh (My Truc), Nguyên Van Dê (Minh dao), Âu Kiêt Lâm (Âu Minh Chanh).

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    • The Life and Philosophies of Confucius

      The Life and Philosophies of Confucius

      3/1/2021 10:32:06 AM

      Confucius (551-479 B.C.), the founder of the philosophy known as Confucianism, was a Chinese sage and teacher who spent his life concerned with practical moral values. 

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    • Confucianism in Vietnam

      Confucianism in Vietnam

      2/10/2017 8:21:36 PM

      The profound impact of Confucianism remains strong in Vietnam. Social order is defined by its principles, and the rituals or deference and obedience are still observed.

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    • The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 2 (part 3)- Self-Control

      The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 2 (part 3)- Self-Control

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      "A flaw in a mace of white jade may be ground away, but a word spoken amiss cannot be mended." This is expatiated upon by the sage as follows: "Hear much and put aside the points of which you are in doubt, while you speak cautiously at the same time of...

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    • The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 2 (part 2): Fortitude

      The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 2 (part 2): Fortitude

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Here are yet other words of penetrating wisdom concerning the advantages of this perfect poise and calm: "He who does not anticipate attempts to deceive him nor think beforehand of his not being believed, and yet apprehends these things readily when they occur, is he not a man of superior...

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    • The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 2 (part 1): Self-development

      The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 2 (part 1): Self-development

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Confucius puts it: "If the will be set on virtue,there will be no practice of wickedness." (Analects, bk. iv., c. iv.) True; for when the will rests upon set purpose, based upon purified desire, born of knowledge and discriminating investigation of phenomena, nothing can...

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    • The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 1 (part 7) - Rectified Purpose

      The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 1 (part 7) - Rectified Purpose

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      "Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished." (Analects, bk. xiii., c. xvii.)

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    • The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 1 (part 6)

      The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 1 (part 6)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      "Their thoughts being sincere, their purposes were rectified." In this age, when comfort is the sole god of the many, who also deem themselves good and virtuous and even superior, surely these truths need to be held before ...

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    • The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 1 (part 5)

      The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 1 (part 5)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      It is characteristic of Confucius that, where he did not know, he did not affirm. His saying, "When you do not know a thing, to acknowledge that you do not know it, is knowledge "

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    • The Ethics of Confucius: Chapter 1 (part 4)

      The Ethics of Confucius: Chapter 1 (part 4)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      "Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous." (Analects, bk. ii., c. xv.)

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    • The Ethics of Confucius: Chapter 1 (part 3)

      The Ethics of Confucius: Chapter 1 (part 3)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      ."When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to acknowledge that you do not know it—this is knowledge."

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    • The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 1 (part 2): The Art of Living

      The Ethics of Confucius - Chapter 1 (part 2): The Art of Living

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      " The practice of right-living is deemed the highest, the practice of any other art lower. Complete virtue takes first place; the doing of anything else whatsoever is subordinate."

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    • The Ethics of Confucius: Chapter I (part 1)

      The Ethics of Confucius: Chapter I (part 1)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The central idea of Confucius is that every normal human being cherishes the aspiration to become a superior man—superior to his fellows, if possible, but surely superior to his own past and present self. This does not more than hint at perfection as a goal; and it is said of him that one of the subjects concerning which the Master rarely spoke, was "perfect virtue."

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    • Understanding Ceremony and Ritual in Confucianism

      Understanding Ceremony and Ritual in Confucianism

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Ceremony and ritual are concepts in Confucianism that are at the center of any discussion of its moral code. The columnist in the Cultural of Life column in the Peace Weekly introduces us to the Confucian view of life. The aspect of ritual or ceremony so intimately connected with Confucianism has a relationship with society that we may tend to disregard and see only ceremony and ritual.

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    • Confucianism in Vietnam

      Confucianism in Vietnam

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The influence of Confucianism on Vietnam was tenacious because it was rooted in the country's educational system until the 20th century. (Education consisted of a study of the Confucian classics and ethics.)

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    • What is Confucianism?

      What is Confucianism?

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Confucianism, the philosophical system founded on the teaching of Confucius (551–479 B.C.), dominated the sociopolitical life of China for most of that country's history and largely influenced the cultures of Korea, Japan, and Indochina.

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