Tag: stoicism

Buddhism and Stoicism 2: Five Differences

| September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Buddhism and Stoicism 2: Five Differences

Buddhism and Stoicism are in many ways allied philosophies. However in this video we will look at five ways that they differ. We will be looking in specific at early Buddhism and Stoicism as reflected in its Classical Greek and Roman texts, and as explained in Massimo Pigliucci’s recent book “How to Be a Stoic”. […]

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Buddhism and Stoicism 1: Five Similarities

| September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
Buddhism and Stoicism 1: Five Similarities

Buddhism and Stoicism are in many ways allied philosophies. In this video we will look at five ways that they overlap. We will be looking in specific at early Buddhism and Stoicism as reflected in its Classical Greek and Roman texts, and as explained in Massimo Pigliucci’s recent book “How to Be a Stoic”. While […]

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What is Secular Buddhism?

| March 6, 2017 | 16 Comments
What is Secular Buddhism?

This is a short experiment, a video I’ve cobbled together and put up on YouTube on the question “What is secular Buddhism?” where I try to explain both what it is, and how it has come about historically. It’s quite short, seven and a half minutes long, so I don’t go into a whole lot […]

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“Buddha vs. Faust”: Responding to Ronald Lindsay

| February 29, 2016 | 8 Comments
“Buddha vs. Faust”: Responding to Ronald Lindsay

Ron Lindsay’s recent blog post “On the Pursuit of Meditation: Buddha vs. Faust” begins as a mild critique of Sam Harris’s recent book Waking Up, and then segues into a skeptical review of meditation. Lindsay is President of the secularist/skeptic Center for Inquiry.* Although I dealt with many relevant topics at some length in my review of […]

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On the Skillfulness of Refined Taste

| June 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
On the Skillfulness of Refined Taste

On the first day of a course in wine appreciation I was presented with two samples and asked to describe their aromas. They both smelled like wine. There was nothing else I could say about them. I remember thinking that that would change, and that by the end of the course I would be able to […]

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Cultivating Wisdom in an Era of Technological Change

| June 3, 2015 | 2 Comments
Cultivating Wisdom in an Era of Technological Change

My grandmother grew up in the era of the horse and buggy, but lived to see a man set foot on the Moon. When I was a kid growing up in New York we had rotary dial telephones. Personal computers were just being introduced, with green phosphorescent screens and weird command-line interfaces. The first office Xerox […]

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