Analyse the essay question being asked and define any key terms included in the question Question

Analyse the essay question being asked and define any key terms included in the question
Question:
Discuss the relative influence of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism on the shaping of Chinese medical thought.

Discuss: to explain how Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism influenced the shaping of Chinese medical thought, in detail, including examples, and related information.
Relative influence: degree of effects of each philosophy on shaping TCM theories.
Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism: The three main philosophies in China
Chinese Medical thought: The foundation of ancient Chinese beliefs or philosophies that formed the TCM theory that we study today.

Make links with the learning outcome(s) and learning aim(s) – to establish the proper framework for the assignment
Learning Aim(s):
“Learning Aims: This subject aims to introduce the students to the historical and philosophical foundations of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and to the TCM fundamental theories on health and illness. This is the first of two parts.”

This subject aims to introduce the students to the historical and philosophical foundations of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). I will be able to acquire knowledge of the historical events and foundations of the traditional Chinese medicine philosophies by exploring and discussing philosophies such as Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism in the evolution of the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that we study today.

The intended learning outcomes for this assessment are:
Discuss how historical events and philosophical beliefs in China influenced current Chinese medical thought

It is important to discuss the three main philosophies that affected greatly on the development of TCM today. It is also important to explain the backgrounds, and beliefs of each philosophy and how these helped to shape the theory taught today. I will also state any conflict occurred in the development of the theory.
Brainstorm on the key words

Confucianism

Political reformer
Educator
Social and ethical philosophy
Social rituals (li)
humaneness (ren)
all virtue
Not a religion
Social values
Institution
Master Kong (Confucius, 551 ~ 479 BCE)
Zhou Dynasty (1121 BC – 249AD)
Concept of Jen (Superior man): perfectibility of man
Song Dynasty (960-1279)
Zhu Xi
imperial civil service exams
Negation Roswell for the good of the family
Peace
Family unity
self-control
loyalty
duty
respect
gratitude for elders,
family honor
protection and compilation of medical books

Taoism:

Daoism
Tao Te Ching
Tao means the Way
orientates and connects everything together
natural occurrence
Ziran (of its own)
Three Jewels
harmony with the Tao
Compassion
Moderation
Humility
Jing (essence)
Qi (vital life)
Shen (soul)
Lao Zi (580-500BC)
harmonious life
maintaining good health and life
good mental health
inner peace
Huang Di Nei Jing (Huangdi’s Canon of Medicine)
Zhuang Zi (369~286 B.C.)
natural objectivity and laws
Warring States Period (475~221 B.C.)
longevity and immortal life
morality
law of earth
law of heaven
laws of tao
essence of nature
aim of immortalising human life

Buddhism:

originate from ancient India
Western Regions
Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.)
Arrived in China in year 2 BC
Laozu cult
vital energy
reducing desire
preserving nature
meditation
desire restriction
Jin (265 – 420) dynasty
Tang (618 – 907) dynasty
Buddhist medicine
jinzhen bazhang shu
escape from illness and death
protecting all living things
mercy
moral rules
Sun Simiao
Dayi Jingcheng (Virtues of Great Physicians)
holistic approach
body, mind and spirit
breathing control
therapeutic practice
process of healing
the “Enlightened One”
Four Noble Truths
The Noble Eight Fold Path
The Five Precepts
Wisdom
Compassion
Karma

Detail the formal essay outline you will use and which references will support which argument. Details of what will be included in the introduction, body and conclusion are required including which points and arguments will be made and which specifics of the essay question will be covered

Key Points/ Themes
References
Intro
I will state that I will be writing about the three important philosophies that influenced the TCM theory that we study today. Then I will briefly explain each of 3 philosophies with a short background and main beliefs. I will also state the information about Chinese medicine history.
(1), (3)
Body
Historical Event: Important historical backgrounds during Zhou dynasty, Han dynasty and other relevant periods that are significant to TCM evolution. And the history of Chinese Medicine.
(2), (3), (4), (9)

Confucianism – Zhou dynasty, Origin, main belief, aim, and how they influenced TCM,
(4), (5), (6), (7)

Taoism – Origin, main belief, aims and how did they influence TCM.
(4),(6), (7), (8), (9)

Buddhism – Han dynasty, Origin, main belief, aim, and How they influenced TCM, Quote includes: The Buddha says, “I am like a good physician who knows how to cure the illness and prescribe the right medicine.”
(4), (6), (8), (10)
Conclusion
I will conclude my essay by restating the main points from the essay question, state any common belief of three philosophies, and how they are harmonised to shape the TCM theory today.

Reference List

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