Way (Dao, 道)
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“Dao” is an important concept in traditional Chinese philosophy. The three main branches of traditional Chinese philosophy—Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism—have all provided this term with rich exposition and developed their own unique and systematic discourses on it. Dao is not only an important element in the intellectual infrastructure of traditional Chinese thought, it also embodies its worldview and values. As a principal feature of the vocabulary of traditional Chinese philosophy, it has profoundly affected aspects of traditional cultural and intellectual life, such as religion, literature, art, as well as practical aspects of worldly affairs such as politics, self-cultivation, as well military affairs.
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