What we're about

In our world of instant gratification, constant stimulation, and endless distractions, Stoicism offers a novel perspective on life. Interested in developing an unconquerable mind? Stoicism has the answers.

Defining 'Stoicism': it's an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded in 301 BCE in Athens. The first teacher was Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue (the highest good) is based on knowledge, and that wise people live in harmony with nature. The school also taught tolerance and self-control.

The goals of our group:

1. Read the canon (the classic books) of Stoic philosophy.
2. Discuss Stoicism in the media, pop culture, and literature.
3. Compare recurring themes in Stoicism to history, religion, philosophy, and culture.

There have always been people attracted to Stoicism. It was a major influence on Shakespeare, for example, and in more recent times on people including JD Salinger, Tom Wolfe, and Nelson Mandela.

It’s also attracted political and military leaders, such as Frederick the Great, President Bill Clinton, and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who said he read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations over 100 times.

We hope you will join us. Stoicism helps cope with life's stresses and retain your ethics & principles. We also learn to simplify our lives by using concepts from Buddhism and Minimalism.

We offer a monthly meetup (usually first Thursdays) in Tampa. And it's free. We hope to see you soon.

Upcoming events (3)

A Walking Meditation - Causeway Trail

Courtney Campbell Causeway - Shelter

This is our monthly field trip for Tampa Stoics (First Sundays). Note: our new meeting time is 5PM. Our walking meditation is along the Causeway Trail, starting at the Courtney Campbell Causeway Shelter. We'll walk 1.5 miles in one direction and then turn around and walk back. This event starts at 5:00PM. The temperatures will be lower, and the scenery will be beautiful. Sometimes, dolphins can be seen in the water! Given the pandemic, please use social distancing for the health of others. Also, if you feel sick, please don't attend this event. Feel free to invite friends, but please carpool. The parking spaces may be limited at the Courtney Campbell Causeway Shelter. If you'd like to volunteer to be the host for this event, just add a comment below. As the host, you just need to arrive 5 minutes early and welcome everyone. This meetup is free. We will gather at 5:00PM, and then we start the hike at 5:05PM. If you're running late, look for the group and try to catch up. The trail is longer than 3 miles, so the host will remind the group to turn around at the half-way point. Remember to bring comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water. Tampa Stoics usually has meetings that are structured conversations with an outline, but this meeting is un-structured. So, you can discuss whatever topics you like, or you can walk silently. Google Maps - https://goo.gl/maps/SSghh93JBgTbmtFk6 (this is the mid-way point of the bridge) Directions - the Courtney Campbell Causeway Shelter is midway on the bridge between Tampa and Clearwater. Trail Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPfHlASwHHk We hope to see you there!

IN-PERSON MEETING: "Comparing Stoicism and Confucianism" (Part 2)

This meeting of Tampa Stoics is IN-PERSON at our old venue (Panera @ USF). This meeting is part 2 of the discussion on Stoicism and Confucianism. We will cover ‘following the path’, plus rules of ethics and virtue. Both Stoicism and Confucianism are “living traditions” that focus on ethics and mindfulness – and both are over 2,000 years old. You can bring any questions from article 1 or 2 below. Reading Material Article 1 - https://modernstoicism.com/ethical-development-in-stoicism-and-confucianism-by-brittany-polat/ Article 2 - https://medium.com/the-philosophers-stone/stoicism-and-confucianism-a-comparison-e9ebc24dee51 Zoom info Since this meeting is IN-PERSON, there is no online component. Meeting Venue Panera Bread, 11860 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612. Our usual meeting spot is (1) go in the front door and (2) turn right and look for the tables by the window. Directions: - Take I-75 to 582/Fowler Avenue, - Go west for 4 miles on Fowler Avenue, - Turn right on Bruce B Downs Blvd., - Go 1 block and turn left into Panera. Parking is free. This venue is just north of the intersection of Fowler Avenue and Bruce B Downs Blvd. In general, Stoicism teaches us how to handle difficult people and events, how to avoid anger and worry, and overall to use moderation in all aspects of our lives. We will discuss how Stoic practice can lead to a meaningful and fulfilling life. Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and pop culture (books and movies). If we differ in our opinions, then "we agree to disagree". The long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions. Our group does NOT discuss religion or politics. This event is free and open to the public.

ONLINE: STOICON-X ORLANDO (Annual Event)

Online event

This is our ANNUAL EVENT for Stoicism and civil discourse. Stoicon-X Orlando 2020 Nov. 21, 2020 (Saturday) Time: 1PM Eastern, Noon Central, 11AM Mountain, 10AM Pacific Attendance may fill up, so reserve your seat. Maximum is 100 seats. The event will be attended by 5 local groups, including Orlando Stoics and Tampa Stoics. We will also have people from academia and Stoic groups from around the world. The presenters will teach Stoic tools to reduce anger and stress in your life, improve your reasoning skills, and increase tranquility. Overall, we will learn how Stoicism teaches moderation in all aspects of life. Presenters (confirmed): Donald Robertson, Brittany Polat (Florida), Tim Iverson (Minnesota), and StoicDan (Florida). Each presenter will have 30-minutes to talk, then a quick Q&A from the audience. The event will move at a quick pace. This event will also include a first-time ever "walkthrough" of the Painted Porch, the birthplace of Stoicism. This goes back to 300 BC, where Zeno taught his first classes. It's now a site of ancient ruins in Athens, Greece. The event will be recorded, in case you miss one speaker or part of a presentation. The event will also have a drawing for free Stoic books at the end of the event. You must attend to win. The event is online, so bring your own food and drinks. The event will have no food break. This description will be updated in the near future. Zoom Info (The Zoom link will be posted here at a later time) Free The event will be free and open to the public. If you want to donate something, a link will be provided later.

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