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Taoism is a complex, mysterious faith. The beliefs are examined by a visit to the Jade Spring monastery in China and a meeting with Taoist monks. Presenter Reverend Peter Owen-Jones finds out about Taoism. He visits the Jade Spring monastery, south of Beijing, and ascends to sacred peaks in the mountains. He hears about the idea of yin and yang and visits the cave of Hua Shan, a place where there is a concentration of Qi, or 'universal energy. Here, Owen-Jones meets a monk who seeks the Tao.
For older students, this clip raises questions about contrasting worldviews. Some claim that the ancient beliefs about the Qi or Chi – the universal energy that makes up the universe – reflect recent findings of quantum physics. Students could raise questions from this clip and explore this aspect of the relationship between religion and science.
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