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One of the Core Ideas of Taoism: Tao

The core concept in Taoist thought is definitely “Tao”.

What exactly is “Tao”? Dao De Jing states: “The Tao generates one, one generates two, two generates three, and three generates all things.”It can be seen that “Tao“ is the beginning of the transformation of all things, “Tao“ is the primitive state of the universe that existed before the emergence of all things in Heaven and Earth.

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