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Seeing things as they are

Buddhism is quite different from all other major religions. While other religions offer to its followers the answers to metaphysical questions and doctrines to devote oneself to, Buddhism presents to those interested primarily a different way of seeing things. This is because Buddhists say that the Buddha was first and foremost interested in the human […]

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Seneca on Adversity

When his friend Lucilius asked why good people suffer from misfortune, the Roman philosopher Seneca answered that nothing bad can happen to a good person. Seneca tells Lucilius that a good person is one who lives a virtuous life; and that the virtuous person is one who accepts what fate hands them and is calm […]

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What the Stoics thought about Anger

The philosophy of Stoicism focuses on minimising the amount of negative emotions in the mind. One of these undesired emotions is anger, which the Stoics believed to be a state of brief insanity. One that does damage to our mental health. Everyone experiences anger and there are some situations where anger seems the only way […]

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Stoic techniques for tranquility

Stoicism is a school of philosophy that was founded in ancient Greece in the 3rd century BC. Members of Stoicism, also known as Stoics, teach that by using one’s rational mind to understand our role in the natural world and how to act in it, we can be virtuous individuals. The founder of Stoicism, Zeno […]