REL 133 week 4 Daoism Worksheet
Carrie "Shellie" Cobbs
World Religious Traditions I
July 20, 2014
University of Phoenix Material
Complete the following questions in detail. Answer each question with a 1- or 2-paragraph response that includes a reference citation. Make use of Experiencing the World’s Religions and other sources in your research as you complete the questions.
1. Describe the principles of yang and yin.
As stated by the Shen-nong website, “Ancient people were greatly interested in the relationships and patterns that occurred in nature. Instead of studying isolated things, the viewed the world as a harmonious and holistic entity” ("Yin yang," 2005, p. 1). Yin and yang …show more content…
5. Explain a situation to which following the Daoist principle of wu wei might be beneficial to you or others. In what situation might following the principle of wu wei be harmful in some way?
“Wuwei is built upon the working of Nature. And nothing in this Universe can be more powerful than the working of Nature -- manifested in all things we see, all things we do” ("Wu Wei," 2012, p. 1). The Daoist principle of wu wei will be beneficial to me as I start a new job on Monday. I will be entering a residency practice with close to 100 people and I will need to discuss with the employees ways that they see the practice improving. By asking the question then sitting back and letting the conversation build on its own I will be following wu wei. If I don’t interact or intervene with questions and let the employees group energy control the level of feedback then I am following wu wei.
Wu wei can be harmful if you continually interrupt the natural process of nature. In gardening, the gardner must understand once they have established the ideal growing area for the plants that letting nature take its course and grow the plant is what must happen. The gardener must not interfere by messing with