Chen-Ta Tao

Doctrines Chen-Ta Tao means "perfect and great way". It is difficult to ascribe a set of doctrines to the movement since the movement did not leave texts. Texts about the movement reveal that it was dedicated to practical morality and therapeutic practices through prayer and exorcism. Its founder Liu te-jen stressed loyalty, piety, honesty, purity, humility, knowledge and tolerance. He also condemned cruelty, obscenity, slander, theft, and the consumption of intoxicants. Magical practices such as the use of talismans, incantations or elixirs of immortality were not encouraged.

History The sect was founded in northern China in 1142 by Liu te-jen (1122-1180). According to tradition Liu was given a copy of the Tao te-Ching by an old man and inspired to study it with the purpose of enlightening himself and others. Gradually Liu acquired a group of disciples, who spread his teaching throughout northern China. The popularity and rapid rise of the sect were due in part to the social instability of northern China in the 12th as well as the patronage of the emperor Shih-tsung. Thus the sect appealed to both lower-class and courtly circles. It appears to have ceased to exist sometime during the Yuan period (1206-1368).

Symbols There are no symbols associated with this tradition.

Adherents It is not known how many adherents the sect had.

Headquarters/
Main Centre
 The head temple of Chen-Ta Tao was T'ien-chang temple.