Chinese Religions

& Philosophy




image sources:, Rice University,

Buddhism describes a religious philosophy focused on creating a path to spiritual enlightenment. Confucianism provides essentially a moral-political philosophy, involving a complex guide to human relationships. While, Taoism is a life-philosophy involving a return to simpler and more "natural" ways of being.

Although these various streams sometimes competed with each other in China, they also fed, enriched, and intertwined with each other.

Hye Ch'o

A pilgrim's journey

You will move through all three pages on these differing Asian beliefs (start with Confucius, then move to Taoism and end with Buddhism). After, click on the Hye Ch'o site for a look a one Korean Buddhist's journey through the world.


Waka Takahashi Brown, "Religions and Philosophies in China: Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism," SPICE (Stanford: 2002)