Episode 253 :: Gregory Lopez :: Early Buddhist Mindfulness and Stoic Mindfulness


Gregory Lopez

Gregory Lopez joins us to speak about how early Buddhist views of mindfulness compare and contrast with Stoic mindfulness.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: some Buddhists feel that mindfulness is being co-opted. Well, I’m not going to stop, because secular Buddhists are fairly experienced with pushing back on this sense of entitlement of all things Buddhist having to be done a certain way. Yes, change is hard, and new manifestations of practices and sometimes even just words can throw some folks into a tizzy. The interesting thing is, this is not a new phenomenon, and mindfulness isn’t the exclusive purview of that tradition or even domain; the Stoics had their own mindfulness style.

Greg Lopez has been a practicing secular Buddhist since 2008. He is also the founder and facilitator of New York City Stoics, as well as co-organizer of Stoic Camp NY and STOICON 2016. In addition, he is Director of Membership for the Stoic Fellowship. His academic background is in science and pharmacy. Greg is a frequent speaker and presenter at science- and philosophy-related events and on behalf of SMART Recovery NYC, where he currently serves as President. During his spare time, Greg pursues his interests in meditation, philosophy, statistics, effective altruism, and swing dancing.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Stoic Pale Ale. I’m not kidding, Bifferhaus Brewing Company has Stoic Pale Ale.

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