Inspiration from Nick Vujicic: A modern day stoic

How would you feel if from the moment you were born, you were told that you would live a limited and short life? Where you would be unable to move, eat, live without someone else’s support? That’s pretty much a raw summary of what Nick Vujicic had to…

Summary: On happiness by Seneca

On Happiness is a monologue by Seneca, in it he explains to his friend Galean about the meaning of happiness. He starts by saying that happiness is not easily reached. For the more you pursue it, the farther it gets away from you. But there are things that…

On the shortness of life by Seneca: A short summary

“As it is with a play, so it is with life: what matters is not how long the act lasts, but how good it is.” Seneca Seneca is pretty straightforward about how we fail at managing time. According to him, our lifetime is not short, it’s long enough…

Seneca’s best letters

It’s such a challenge when we’re asked to choose among things we adore. But it can also serve as a tool that allows us to evaluate what really is important to us. But I really don’t know if in Mid – 2021 I’ll choose the same letters? Letter…

Viktor Frankl and his relationship to Stoic philosophy

Viktor Frankl was the father of logotherapy. He was able to transform one of the worst events in modern history, a concentration prison camp into a study zone. Viktor was held captive in a Nazi prison, and he knew that he couldn’t change that.  Instead of allowing his…

How to deal with addiction like a stoic

Stoics were always very concerned with the motives that would lay behind anyone’s actions, especially their own. Men should not let the desires of worldly life like beauty, fame, power and fortune, among others, guide their steps. Epictetus once said that we’re slaves to the desires we cannot…

Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

Religion and Buddhism Religion today represents a group of dogmas (unquestionable truths) and rituals. To be part of a religion a person must believe in a certain belief system which drives him to behave in a certain expected way.  Buddhism on the other hand is not a religion.…

The path to Enlightenment: How do we awaken?

“The Buddha taught that the unenlightened human being lives in a state that may be compared to sleep or to a dream. Through the clear light of wisdom, and completely unaided, the Buddha is the one who has awakened from that dream to the true nature of existence.…

What is the purpose of life, according to Buddhism?

The Buddhist purpose of life has to do with the meaning of the word Buddhi. This word means to be awakened. So, we can say the purpose in life for a Buddhist is to become awakened, or to reach enlightenment. But what motivates Buddhists towards this direction is…

Do Buddhists believe in a soul? What is the illusion of the soul?

Among all the novel ideas brought forward by the Buddhist tradition, there’s a fundamental concept that guarantees the development towards enlightenment, this concept is Rebirth. It’s common to hear people saying reincarnation, but reincarnation is different from rebirth. Reincarnation As the word says, reincarnation means re-enter the flesh…
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