(its been a while for me, too - don't usually get to talk about the more Eastern Religions)
You can practice both, Cinnamon-mom - as a matter of fact, many Chinese/Japanese practice Buddhism, Taoism, AND Confucianism, letting each have precedent over certain aspects of their lives.
Taoism IS "laid back", lol. It is concerned with wu-wei, or non-interference/"going with the flow" and the naturality of yin/yang (as in keeping balance and practicing wu-wei to stay in harmony with one another and the universe), as opposed to Buddhism being concerned about an active need to overcome our desire in order to release ourselves from suffering.
But there are many similarities, which is why they work so well together.
at 10:49 PM on May. 30, 2009