A Glimpse into the Temple of Taoism

Sounds of Prayer

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe  -Laozi

Temple of Taoism

Two or three blocks next from the groovy Nakpil neighborhood in Malate lies the Temple of Taoism. Taoism in the Philippines arrived together with the Chinese Diaspora.

The teachings of Taoism underlines The Way, or living in harmony with the Dao, encompassing the beliefs of wu-wei (letting life takes its own course), naturalness, simplicity, spontaneity, and the core values of compassion, moderation, and humility — interesting philosophical and spiritual traditions also found in literary works such as the Old Master Laozi’s (Lao Tzu’s) Tao Te Ching.

Associated with the Tao is the yin and yang, the symbol of two seeds containing the seed of each other, becoming one reality through the constant flow of the universe.

PagodaGiok Hong Sam Thai Chi

On the day (July 13) we went to the temple, worshipers were focused on the celebration of the feast of Giok Hong Sam Thai Chi, protector and prince Sr. Sto Niño.

Amid chanting, meditation and lighting of joss sticks and dragon candles, food offerings for the deities everywhere, folded joss paper were ready for burning.

Profound as I see it, religion becomes culture and a way of life for those who follow Taoism.

Red CandlesA Moment of PrayerTaoist Book of SongsJoss PaperJoss SticksDeitiesBulletin BoardSacrificeReligionA Moment of SilenceA Ceiling of LanternsPicture 196ChantA cabinet in the templeOfferingGoing Home Map
Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

2 thoughts on “A Glimpse into the Temple of Taoism

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s