Did Buddhism influence Stoicism?

Both teach nonattachment, impermanence, and interconnectedness. Both advise self-control, especially when strong emotions are involved. Both teach that how we think about things determines how we experience life. Both say that we create our own suffering by constantly yearning for more while failing to appreciate what we have. And most of all, both place a strongContinue reading “Did Buddhism influence Stoicism?”

The Painted Porch

Stoicism is valuable. – Stoicism has a bad reputation. I’ve criticized it in the past. But my misunderstandings were based on the colloquial sense of stoic in contrast to Stoicism as a philosophy. And Stoicism’s core idea is a good one: you can’t control anything except yourself, so don’t sweat the rest. The problem withContinue reading “The Painted Porch”