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.
This is the monthly meeting of Tampa Stoics. We meet on the Second Friday of each month.
We'll discuss the classic by Marcus Aurelius, "Meditations", Book 2. The themes of this chapter are waking each morning with a realistic view of the world, being humble, and anticipating problems.
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.
I'll prepare an outline of discussion points so you don't have to pre-read the book. If you'd like to read ahead (optional), see the links below.
"Meditations" is the personal diary of Rome's "Good" Emperor, written down while he was traveling from[masked] AD. It consists of 12 books (5-10 pages each), and is considered by some as the greatest volume on Stoic philosophy.
Free online text of Meditations (translated by George Long):
Review of "Meditations" plus selected quotations:
The printed book on Amazon ($10, translated by Martin Hammond):
This event is free and open to the public.
Venue - Panera Bread, 11860 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612. Parking is free. This venue is just north of the intersection of Fowler Avenue and Bruce B Downs Blvd.
- 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.
If you are a newcomer, arrive a few minutes early for an introduction to Stoicism.