The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Taoism:

Taoism – philosophical, ethical, and religious tradition of Chinese origin that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (also romanized as Dao). The term Tao means "way", "path" or "principle", and can also be found in Chinese philosophies and religions other than Taoism. In Taoism, however, Tao denotes something that is both the source and the driving force behind everything that exists. It is ultimately ineffable: "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao."[1] Also called Daoism.


Taoist beliefs and doctrines

Further information: Taoist philosophy

Basic concepts



Deities in Taoism

Principle deities

Other deities

Taoist practices

Taoist culture

Taoist martial arts and physical exercise

Sacred places

History of Taoism

Variations of Taoism

Taoist schools

Taoist schools

Taoism by region

Taoist organizations

Influential Taoists

List of Taoists

Taoism in popular culture

See also


  1. ^ Laozi. "Tao Te Ching, 1. chapter, translated by Livia Kohn (1993)". Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  2. ^ Livia Kohn. Cosmos & Community: The Ethical Dimension of Daoism. Three Pines Press 2004. pp 185–6.