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Taoism and death


Life & Death | Tao Talk


Reincarnation from Taoist perspective - how can we end reincarnation?


Dalai Lama talks about Life and Death


Alan Watts - Acceptance of Death


Hong Kong’s Taoist funerals

There is significant scholarly debate about the Taoist understanding of death. The process of death itself is described as shijie or "release from the corpse", but what happens after is described variously as transformation, immortality or ascension to heaven. For example, the Yellow Emperor was said to have ascended directly to heaven in plain sight, while the thaumaturge Ye Fashan was said to have transformed into a sword and then into a column of smoke which rose to heaven.
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