Ricovelas saidIt's ideals are incorporated heavily into Buddhism from my the few articles I've read so far. I'm not looking to follow it as a religion per se, but just to look at some the verses and see life differently. Tazo it relates back to that book I was telling you about " Be free where you are".
Amar as far as calling a pot black... where exactly you going with that one?
LOL not you mate, I meant it for Tazo... he knows what I mean
Ehm, the reason Taoist thoughts were heavily incorporated into Buddhism was because Buddhism spread into Asia after its inception... and picked up many native aspects on the way...
In the Middle East, it took up building marble statues from the Greeks and Romans (the original Buddhists were not allowed to build statues or make images of the Buddha)
In China, it took up aspects of Taoism
In tibet, it took up shamanic rituals from the Bon religion in the HImalayas
In Japan, it took up aspects of Japanese Shinto worhip (spirit worship)... worshiping anything is in fact not allowed in original Buddhism
From India, it came with much Indian tantric imagery and rituals (bell-sounding, reciting mantras, incense, and counting beads, which the monks later exported to the West, where Christianity adopted these rituals in its monasteries and churches, along with the concept of "monkhood" or monastic life... yes, these Christian rituals are actually Indian Buddhist in origin... just listen to a buddhist mantra and the european christian prayers.. they use the same melodies)