Afterlife in Taoism

Definition: Afterlife in Taoism
Revert back to state of non-being, which is simply the other side of being.

In Taoism, life and death are merely two aspects of reality, the unchanging Tao. Death is simply a transformation from being to non-being; from yang to yin.

Taoism teaches that humans ought to accept life and death as complementary aspects of the Tao. Death should be neither feared nor desired.

"Since life and death are each other's companions, why worry about them? All beings are one." (Chuang-Tzu)


  • "Taoism." Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service, 2004.
  • John Bowker, ed., Oxford Concise Dictionary of World Religions (2000).
  • Xian (Daoist Immortal) - Wikipedia (Janurary 2007)

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Title Afterlife in Taoism
Last UpdatedJanuary 28, 2021
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MLA Citation “Afterlife in Taoism.” ReligionFacts.com. 28 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021. <religionfacts.com/taoism/afterlife>