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Cao Dai versus Confucianism comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartCao DaiConfucianism
Scriptures 1)Prayers of the Heavenly and Earthly Way. 2)The Religious Constitution of Cao Daism. 3)The New Canonical Codes. 4)Compilation of Divine Messages. 5)Sermons of His Holiness, Ho Phap Pham Cong Tac. Analects of Confucius and Mencius; I Ching; Doctrine of Mean, etc.
Founder Ngo Van Chieu. Kong Qiu (Confucius)
Use of statues and pictures Common. Permitted.
Place of origin Vietnam China
Practices Prayer, Veneration of ancestors, Nonviolence, and vegetarianism. Visit to temples to pay homage to Ti'en (while it can refer to God or Heaven, it traditionally refers to social power), Confucius, and ancestors; To practice ('Jing zuo, ') or 'Quiet Sitting', a neo-Confucian seeking of self-cultivation.
Literal Meaning God's Palace. Disciple of Confucius.
Concept of Deity One God. Most believe in One God, but this is not necessary since Confucianism is not a religion but a belief system about social ordering.
Clergy Priests, etc. Bureaucrats.
Principle All religions should become one world religion. Confucianism is all about the brotherhood of humanity.
Belief of God One God. Ancestors are also worshipped. Depending on the religion held, usually Buddhist. Confucianism is not strictly a religion but rather advises a schema of social order.
Branches Tay Ninh Holy See, Chieu Minh, Ben Tre, Da Nang, etc. Han Confucianism; Neo Confucianism; Contemporary Confucianism; Japanese Confucianism; Korean Confucianism; Vietnamese Confucianism; Boston Confucianism.
Time of origin Early part of the 20'Th Century. Approx. 550 B.C.E.(Before Common Era)
Place of worship Temple. Temples.
Geographical distribution and predominance Vietnam, North America. Asia.
View of the Buddha Buddha is one of the religious figures revered in Cao Dai. Buddha is followed by many Confucians.
View of other Dharmic religions Buddha is counted amongst Cao Dai's religious figures. Confucianists usually follow Buddhism, which is a Dharmic religion.
Goal of religion To unite all the world religions into one religion. To have a structured society.
Holy days Hoi Yen Dieu Tri Chinese New Year, Teacher Day, Ancestor Day.
View of other Oriental religions Believes that all religions should unite as one religion. Usually follows other Oriental religions, especially Taoism.
Concept of God Before God Existed, there was the concept of the Tao.God was Born from the Big Bang. One God.
View of Oriental religions Confucius and Lao Tzu are also included amongst Cao Dai's religious figures. They also worship ancestors, & other spirits, in accordance with Oriental religious belief. Confucianists usually follow other Oriental religions too.
Holy days/Official Holidays Hoi Yen Dieo Tri Chinese New Year, Teacher Day, Ancestor Day.
Original Language(s) Vietnamese Mandarin or Cantonese
Views on other religion All religions should unite and become one. Sees no contraction in following more than one religion.
Belief Figures from all religions. Confucianism is sometimes mistakenly seen as a religion but it is really a philosophy of China, and of Asia as a whole. It stresses human conduct over belief in God.
Original Languages Vietnamese. Mandarin or Cantonese
Authority of Dalai Lama N/A. N/A.

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