Comparison: The Middle Way & Yin and Yang

Faith & Belief by Jarred James Breaux

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There is an ancient saying in China: “Many paths, one mountain.” This means that there are multiple ways to achieve a similar goal in each religion. In Buddhism, the Middle Way expresses one’s need to stay away from the extremes. Likewise, the yin and yang in Taoism expresses that everything is light or dark. Both of these paths suggest that each person should follow a moderate lifestyle, incorporating both the dark and the light in order to achieve maximum spiritual growth. Through moderation, a person achieves balance. Thus, one way to achieve balance is to avoid the extremes and equivocates the dark and the light.[1]

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