Why is suffering so important in Buddhism?

Human suffering was the one thing that disturbed prince Gottama to a point where he could not continue his comfortable life in the palace. He needed to find a way of diminishing it. And in order to do so, he left it all behind and secluded himself for…

The top ten Buddhist quotes

While studying Buddhism you will come across some quotes you will be sure you have heard somewhere before. Life is cyclic, keep that in mind. You might be right. And according to Buddhism, it is due to the memories we have from past lives. Baby Steps “One moment…

The definitive reading list for Buddhism

The western world fell in love with Buddhism during the 20th century. The practice of meditation, self-control, psychology of healing, were just a few of the many subjects that attracted westerners. Today, it is very easy to find books on Buddhism. Some more recent, others a compilation of…

Best Stoic Routine for Living

If you are already impacted by Stoicism, you might be telling yourself: ok, it is really great and makes full sense, especially nowadays, but, how do we apply it? How do we develop virtues and values? How do we deal with failure and other kinds of defeat?  I…

How to be less impulsive? Virtue and self-control can help

To explain how one should successfully deal with their impulses there are a couple of ideas we have to understand, such as our own nature, what we can control and how to live virtuously. These ideas come together to form the larger picture that helps us overcome our…
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The most famous stoics in history

In this article we will present some of the most famous stoics in history. We have narrowed our list to the six Stoic philosophers who contributed the most to the Stoic School, starting with its founder.  However, there are many others of great importance, including Zeno of Tarsus,…

Does stoicism make you happier? Are stoics happier?

What is happiness? In this article, we will examine this notion and see how stoics can advise us to reach the state of eudaimonia, the Aristotelian ethic of living well.   It is a common opinion that happiness is an individual feeling. We think that our happiness depends on…

What is healthy love? Loving according to nature

What does it mean to love according to nature? To answer this question we must understand what nature is according to stoic philosophers. Is it reasonable to expect a dog to say “please”? Your answer will most likely be of course not, and you’ll be right. The nature…

How to deal with loneliness? An ancient stoic solution to a modern problem

Loneliness is generally painted in a negative light. If we think about imposed loneliness, it might actually be accurate to view it as so. However, even when loneliness is imposed, we can still turn it into a precious opportunity. An opportunity that stoics use to draw upon an…

How to help a friend in distress, without losing yourself: Stoic friendship tips

Epictetus teaches us that calamities, break ups, and death are all natural parts of life. So we shouldn’t fear them, but rather we should face them as often as we can. He stresses on how important it is to understand the finite nature of things, people and situations. …
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