What we're about

We are a free monthly reading & discussion group about Stoicism. We have deep discussions on improving our lives with philosophy, and we cover topics from the growing Modern Stoicism movement.

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 classic and modern books on Stoicism.
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 (it's free). 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.

This group meets on a Thursday night once a month. It's free to join, and all meetings are free.

This group has no selling and no product pitches. We are here to improve each others' minds with intelligent conversation.

Upcoming events (1)

ONLINE: Seneca's essay "On Anger" (Part 5)

Online event

This is the monthly meeting of the Stoics of Daytona Beach. It's on Second Thursdays, and it's online.

This month, we continue our series "On Anger", the classic writings of Seneca the Younger. We are in Book 2, section IX. The link below leads to the free book online. To Seneca, anger is related to the "passions" (excessive emotions), and we can get carried away and cause damage. In our Stoic practice, we hope to avoid excesses and control our anger.

"A mind angered is a mind damaged." - StoicDan

Seneca was a Stoic philosopher, who lived from 4 BC to 65 AD. His writings were about moral philosophy, and scholars regard his work highly. However, he was also a controversial figure, because he served the emperor Nero. Overall, he was concerned with ethics and the natural laws that govern us, and this book is part of a library called the "Dialogues of Seneca".

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.

Reading Material

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.

Free online text of "On Anger"
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Of_Anger

Amazon has a printed book "On Anger" (the L'Estrange translation)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BR84G7T

Time

Meeting time (USA):
7:00PM Eastern
6:00PM Central
5:00PM Mountain
4:00PM Pacific

For our international friends:
8:00PM São Paulo, Brazil
12:00AM London
1:00AM Berlin
1:00AM Madrid
3:00AM Dubai
4:30AM Mumbai
4:45AM Kathmandu, Nepal
8:00AM Seoul, South Korea
9:00AM Sydney, Australia

Zoom Info

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86940375505

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Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). Some of our members are religious and others are not. Sometimes "we agree to disagree", but the long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions.

This event is free and open to the public.

Past events (26)

ONLINE: Seneca's essay "On Anger" (Part 4)

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