A characteristic of Taoism is a veneration of nature. The Taoists believe in achieving personal enlightenment through the observation of nature. By becoming balanced with nature, one can become aligned with the eternal Tao. A Solitary Temple Amid Clearing Peaks by Li Cheng is an excellent example of this unity with nature. The temple itself seems to blend seamlessly with the mountainside, almost as if it is built around the natural features of the mountain.
The word “Tao” loosely translates to English as “Path” or “Way.” In the New Testament, Jesus addresses himself as the Way. We are also called to conform to his nature, to obey him out of love as he obeys the Father. We do this by abiding with him constantly, by allowing his Holy Spirit to guide us. Becoming branches of the vine. As a follower of Christ, I want to be this temple. I want to blend in seamlessly with the nature of God, to surrender wholly to his will. To be so utterly lost within it that, when people look to find me in Christ, they have to strain their eyes and say “Wait… there’s a temple there?”