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 (2)See all
- IN-PERSON: "Stoicism and the Art of Happiness" (Chapter 3)Jason's Deli, Tampa, FL
This meeting of Tampa Stoics is IN-PERSON at Jason's Deli @ USF.
This series is about the book by Donald Robertson "Stoicism and the Art of Happiness". In this meeting, we will cover Chapter 3 of the book. Edin will be hosting this meeting.
Reading Material - "Stoicism and the Art of Happiness" by Donald Robertson
Book on Amazon - https://a.co/d/9f2VCar
Jason's Deli - 2702 E Fowler Ave B, Tampa, FL 33612. It is across from Chase Bank on Fowler Avenue, both can be seen from Fowler. At University Square Mall just West of Bruce B. Downs/30th St. Once inside, look for the "Tampa Stoics" sign.
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.
- IN-PERSON: A Walking Meditation - Causeway TrailCourtney Campbell Causeway - Shelter, Tampa, FL
This is our twice monthly field trip for Tampa Stoics (a walking meditation).
Starting time - 5:30 PM Eastern
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 5:30 PM. The temperatures will be lower, and the scenery will be beautiful. Sometimes, dolphins can be seen in the water!
This meetup is free.
We will gather at 5:30 PM, and then we start the hike at 5 minutes after. 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. There are no restrooms nearby so plan accordingly.
Tampa Stoics usually has meetings that are structured conversations with an outline, but this meeting is unstructured. 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!