stoicism

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, buddhism, stoicism, worldliness, maya, suffering, desire, and spirituality

The way of the Buddha involves a metaphysical stoicism, a way of overcoming the power that worldliness has over oneself: the world rules us through our suffering no less than through our desires and appetites and hopes; all of this is Maya, the universe of delusorily desirable and despicable goods. The primal insight of Buddha is not that the suffering of the world must first be mitigated but rather that we must learn to recognize that our DESIRES are no less a form of SUFFERING than are our AILMENTS. This is what qualifies Buddhism as an authentic form of spirituality, its transcendence over the finite and merely psychological domain.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on marcus aurelius, aurelius, stoicism, change, and life

"The universe is in change, life is an opinion."

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism

Contributed by: Car

A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on philosophy and stoicism

When some state or other offered Alexander a part of its territory and half of all its property he told them that ‘he hadn’t come to Asia with the intention of accepting whatever they cared to give him, but of letting them keep whatever he chose to leave them.’ Philosophy, likewise, tells all other occupations: ‘It’s not my intention to accept whatever time is leftover from you; you shall have, instead, what I reject.’ Give you whole mind to her.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

Source: Letters from a Stoic (The Penguin Classics L210)

Contributed by: Brian

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