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It is not astonishing that Buddhism, which is one of the prime religions of China, has a large number of concepts and ideations regarding soul and its existence. In the light of its popularity, these concepts were quiet well received by Taoism. Lingbao Taoism, a certain sect of the mainstream Taoism, specifically consolidated numerous Buddhist thoughts regarding the existence of the soul as well as the life after death. It has also been known that Lingbao ministers or priests perform ceremonies related to the afterlife, although such traditions have not survived the test of time and belief, although Shangqing Taoist sacred texts incorporate involved depictions of the sky and, to a lesser degree, the underworld. The utilization of Buddhist wording in naming some of these is a reasonable indication of their Buddhist origin, which is again a derivative of Hinduism. The idea of resurrection or reincarnation likewise turned into a pivotal element in the various theosophical and philosophical beliefs in later Taoism.
As a rule, early Taoist ideas of salvation concentrated on this life as opposed to an existence in the wake of death. Early Taoist gatherings were established on idealistic thoughts of another and immaculate society. The matter of concern for some individual professionals, both fangshi, Taoshi, (sects of Taoism) and the members of the then nobility, was eternality of the physical body and not the everlasting nature of the soul. The latter was otherwise later perceived by Buddhism and religions that have roots in other older religions.
Till the time, Taoism saw the influence of the Buddhist approach to the existence and manifestation of souls, it is seen that there wasn’t much regarding philosophical development on that front by the original Taoism. So, the sake of the discussion at hand, it is hence considered the various philosophical and theological bend provided by Buddhism.
Buddhism shows that everything in the universe, whether living or dead, is in a constant state of changing. So, in a way, all the creatures and no-living things do not stay in a specific state for a long time but they change with time. This applies to humans as much as to whatever else in the universe. In this manner, an individual has no lasting self. A human being lives and dies and after that its existence as a human being gets lost. As indicated by this principle of anatta, which means there is “no-self” and even the words “I” or “me” do not refer to a particular physical or metaphysical entity. Rather, it refers to something which is constantly changing or evolving as the time passes.