Dec 29, 2009
Marcus Aurelius: “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself…”
We can’t choose what happens to us in life, but we can choose how to respond to it. This piece of practical wisdom is found in the Buddhist tradition, but was also a cornerstone of Stoic philosophy. Bodhipaksa explains how we can untangle ourselves from the stories we tell ourselves about our experience.
Marcus Aurelius is my favorite Stoic philosopher. The Stoics, if you’re not familiar with them, were a school of philosophy who started about 300 BCE and who continued teaching until 529 CE, when the Christian emperor Justinian I banned pagan philosophies.
Although we use the word “stoicism” to mean something like to “grin and bear it” or to “suck …
Oct 08, 2009
A not-entirely-random selection of blog posts on meditation.
Steve Bell has been reading some draft chapters from Bodhipaksa’s forthcoming book on The Six Elements, and so far seems to love it. Words like “amazing” and “awesome” are used. Thanks, Steve!
Will Buckingham has a lovely post titled “Questions we cannot go through,” which explores the art of “making settled things strange” by questioning one’s experience with inquiries such as,
“Where do thoughts come from? Or, perhaps, “I am hearing a bird outside the window. Where is the hearing taking place?” Or, “Who is doing the hearing?”
The Buddhist Military Sangha blog carries a National Public Radio interview with Chaplain Thomas Dyer, who will begin …