Posted by: Upāsaka | 06/04/2018

Stoic Precepts

I was once told by a psychic decades ago that I had spent a life as a philosopher. This could be why philosophy and, especially Stoic philosophy has always appealed to me. In the light of the Dhamma it still pales but it is interesting nonetheless.

What is a stoic then? I think that now is a good time to reconsider the stoic movement since it helps the individual to face the inevitable crisis that comes with the rise of economic, political and intellectual empires. While in Asia we have Taoism, in America we have Transcendentalism, in Russia we have Tolstoyanism, Stoicism should be reconsidered, in dialogue with the former tendencies, as the European answer for an ethical life-style. The following ten precepts can provide a rudimentary toolbox:

-I-STAY ACTIVE

-II-DO NOT FEAR

-III-LIVE MODESTLY

-IV-BE GRATEFUL

-V-KEEP ABOVE THE CROWD

-VI-FOLLOW NATURE

-VII-VALUE TIME

-VIII-BEHOLD VIRTUE

-IX-BLOCK VICES

-X-EXAMINE YOURSELF

via Guest post: The 10 Stoic Precepts


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