Specificaly, Fr Rose was Chinese philosophy and Taoism in the end ... not sure how closely tied that is to Buddhism.Taoism or "Daoism" is a different philosophy to Buddhism. "Tao" means "Way", and the similarities to Christianity which is the Faith of those who follow "The Way" are also interesting, and I would recommend the book "Christ the Eternal Tao" By Heiromonk Damascene which explores this. In Chinese versions of the Gospel, the word "Logos" is translated as "Tao", so the opening of St. John's Gospel reads: "In the beginning was the Tao, and the Tao was with God......".
There is a famous Chinese allegorical painting called "The Vinegar Tasters" which shows three men tasting the "vinegar" of life out of a pot. One man has a sour look on his face, one has an indifferent look, and the third is smiling. The man with the sour look represents Confucianism, the man with the indifferent look represents Buddhism, and the man who is smiling represents Taoism.
Thanks ozgeorge for sharing that image. Coincidentally, I'm currently reading "Seven Taoist Masters" at the moment, ( & highly recommend it btw). I read this passage a few hours before seeing your post, I thought I'd share because its as if it's a subtext to the image:
If you wish to eradicate the bad temper and the desire for riches, listen to the sages. They give good advice. The Confucians say, 'Riches that do not rightfully belong to me I see as empty as the floating clouds. Take control of your reason, and you will not lose your temper.' The Buddhists say, 'Do not crave rewards. Virtue comes from the ability to resist provocation.' The Taoists say, 'Know the illusion of material goods. Cultivate compassion, and your temper will be calmed.'
"To eradicate the four obstacles to health-liquor, sexual desire, riches, and bad temper-one must cultivate the heart. Once the heart is tamed, the cause of ill health will disappear. The Confucians tell us to 'awaken'. The Buddhists tell us to 'understand.' The Taoists tell us to 'act intuitively.' First, we need to awaken to the fact that we have fallen pray to the obstacles. Second, we need to understand what the obstacles are and their causes. Lastly, we need to act intuitively, that is, to act spontaneously from the heart that is tamed of desire and craving. If you can do these things, then you will have no problem attaining the Tao."
That's in chapter 8, read the whole thing if you can get your hands on it. It's a late period Folk Novel from the "Complete Reality" school of Taoism. I personally find the triad/myriad of asian tradition largely harmonize well with Holy Orthodoxy, and also provide much practical value in how to live well and practice virtue, among other things.
As far as buddhism is concerned, my family doctor (who is a surgeon/fully licensed western doctor + a licensed traditional Chinese physician trained in Hong Kong) has recommended me to pursue mindfulness excercises and meditation as a way to manage behavior difficulties and inner anxiety. I have been spending time learning more and more through Thich Naht Hanh, who comes from a synergy of Mahayana and THeravada (including Pure Land). Thich Naht Hanh also is interested in Christianity and advises Christians to remain Christian and invites them to use mindfulness as a way to deepen their own faith. It has done nothing but help me and my family. I feel no conflict with my faith, and admit it has even deepened my faith.
Thanks to the Holy Trinity for making it all possible.