This is possible since these doctrines are not based in the belief of one specific god but rather in following the teachings of a leader.
Buddhism is founded in the teachings of Buddha, and followers seek to reach a deep understanding of the nature of life, to conquer suffering, and to use meditation as a means of training and purifying the mind.
Taoism is based on the philosophies of Lao Tsu, who teaches the virtues of keeping the world in natural balance and living in harmony with the "tao" or "the way of the universe".
Confucius, China's most famous thinker, emphasized respect to the elders, the importance of education, and strong family bonds.
So people may call themselves Buddhist and at the same time follow Confucian principles. People even if they are not religious, may visit a temple every now and then and pay their respects, specially around the New Year when offerings for coming good fortune are done.
Kwun Yam - Goddess of Mercy
Everybody regardless of their faith, may believe in the power of fortune tellers, the forces of feng shui, spiritual benefits of tai chi, and special gods or deities. For example,
You see Hong Kong religion inherent in Chinese culture in many ways. Several of the most colorful Chinese festivals are associated with some religious god or deity.
There are over 600 temples in this tiny territory. Some are magnificent structures with elaborate and colorful decorations and some are tiny and unassuming. They all have their own charms and are worth a visit just to get a feel for this very unique face of Hong Kong religion and spirituality and the many traditions that have been practised for generations.
Here are some very popular places of worship worth a look to witness these aspects of Hong Kong religion and tradition, which are easy to visit, some are in very central locations which you may even run into during your visit.
Visiting temples and making offerings is almost a way of life. Offerings can be in a very simple form, as in bringing a gift of some fresh fruit or other foods to the shrine, for example, or something more elaborate as setting up an entire temple.
You are likely to witness the very common types of offerings:
Incense Offerings at the Po Lin Monastery Courtyard
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