All Well And Good

Lately, I have been following a fascinating history podcast called the Hellenistic Age Podcast, a detailed look at a very fascinating and often overlooked period of world history. In particular, I am listening to the set of episodes regarding Hellenistic-era philosophy: 044: Hellenistic Philosophy – Epicurus & Epicureanism 045: Hellenistic Philosophy – Stoics & Stoicism 046: HellenisticContinue reading “All Well And Good”

Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For?

I recently finished the series WandaVision (I am always super slow to catch up on popular shows), and in the big climactic battle between Vision and his other self,1 Vision brings up a famous paradox called the Ship of Theseus which Plutarch, one of my personal favorite people from that era, describes as: The shipContinue reading “Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For?”

That Which Arises…

From the first sermon of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, in the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (SN 56.11) : That is what the Blessed One said. The bhikkhus of the group of five were glad, and they approved his words. Now during this utterance, there arose in the venerable Kondañña the spotless, immaculate vision of the True Idea:Continue reading “That Which Arises…”

My Man, So-crates

The amazing folks at Sententiae Antiquae have done it again with a great post of quotations attributed to the famous Socrates, including such gems as: “Socrates, when asked what is sweetest in life, said “education, virtue, and the investigation of the unknown” Σωκράτης ὁ φιλόσοφος ἐρωτηθεὶς τί ἥδιστον ἐν τῷ βίῳ εἶπε· „παιδεία καὶ ἀρετὴContinue reading “My Man, So-crates”

Shit’s Fucked, But What’re You Gonna Do?

I started writing this post weeks before this and this, but now it seems strangely relevant. Recently Eidolon posted a great article about Seneca’s philosophy vs. his tragedies. One of the many, great parts of this article is this one: Once I started to confront my depression and anxiety, Seneca’s philosophy sounded even more likeContinue reading “Shit’s Fucked, But What’re You Gonna Do?”

Magic and Science: Same Difference?

Recently, the family attended a little setsubun ceremony at a local Buddhist temple of the Japanese Shingon sect. Shingon Buddhism is one of several “esoteric” (mikkyō 密教) sects in Buddhism including Japanese Tendai and Tibetan Buddhism, and rely more on practices through a complex array of rituals, chants and gestures called “mudra”. This particular ceremonyContinue reading “Magic and Science: Same Difference?”