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"Man imitates the earth, the earth imitates heaven, heaven imitates the Tao, the Tao imitates itself." (Laozi)
The quest for wisdom in China is based primarily on the quest for harmony.
The concept of Qi (primordial breath), which underlies Chinese cosmology and all of Chinese culture, and the balance of the yin and yang life forces, which give rise to "the 10,000 beings," are present in all manifestations of nature, artistic endeavors, various corporeal practices, etc.
In China, Taoism (daojiao, the Teaching of the Way), a centuries-old spiritual discipline, is based on two famous mystical texts: the Dao De Jing (Book of the Way and its Virtue) by Laozi, and the Zhuangzi, named after its author.
The Celestial Masters is a movement in which the practitioners of Tao (daoshi) "ride the clouds," entering into ecstatic communion with the cosmic forces and "exulting in The Way."
The wise man strives to act without acting (wuwei) and nourishes his body and soul with health techniques taught to him by magicians, alchemists or experts in healing methods (fangshi). In his quest for immortality, he transcends the opposition between life and death.
Paris, musée Guimet - musée national des Arts asiatiques
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