A man who reaches this stage transposes his ego; he is no longer limited to the monad, but penetrates the magic circle of the polar duality of all phenomena and returns to the undivided One,
Tao. Herein lies a difference between Buddhism and Taoism. In Buddhism, this return to Nirvana is connected with a complete annihilation of the ego, which, like the world, is only illusion.
If Nirvana may not be explained as death, cessation, still it is something transcendent. In Taoism, on the other hand, the goal is to preserve in a transfigured form, the idea of the person, the ” traces” left by experience.
That is the Light, which with life returns to itself, symbolized in our text by the Golden Flower. ~Richard Wilhelm, The Secret of the Golden Flower.