Ancient Classics of Eastern Philosophy

The gut instinct of many Stoics when they hear the phrase "Eastern Philosophy", "Yoga", "Buddhism", "Mysticism" or the like, tends to either be indifference, sometimes even disdain. But in taking a deeper look, it becomes apparent that Eastern philosophies such as Hinduism, Taoism, and Buddhism are not only complimentary to Stoicism in their focus on practical usage, but sometimes strikingly similar to the point where it must be asked if Stoicism is merely a language of wisdom for the West, tailored and grown within western culture, but holding the same tenants as the older but analogous Eastern thoughts. Once thing is certain about Eastern philosophy - the ancient mystics and even modern serious yogi's (Yoga is the science of thought - not stretching, that's a recent trend with little core in practical philosophy) were serious. They were tribes and peoples who spent generations searching with inward science, answering the questions not in vague ways but explaining them with the empirical detail of describing the object in front of you.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Why it's essential: Ghandi lived by the Bhagavad Gita, which means literally "The Song of God". Written by an unknown author, many in the Hindu religion and elsewhere consider the Gita to be one of the most practical, wise works of humankind. With it's emphasis on action and renunciation of fruits of action and it's setting with the God Krishna instructing a young warrior in the midst of battle to life's questions. If you could save one book from a burning home, the Gita is worthy of the act.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Why it's essential:
Ghandi lived by the Bhagavad Gita, which means literally "The Song of God". Written by an unknown author, many in the Hindu religion and elsewhere consider the Gita to be one of the most practical, wise works of humankind. With it's emphasis on action and renunciation of fruits of action and it's setting with the God Krishna instructing a young warrior in the midst of battle to life's questions. If you could save one book from a burning home, the Gita is worthy of the act.

Letters from a Stoic by Seneca Why it's essential: You may have heard of the Tao Te Ching, or of the Taoist philosophy it spawns, but did you know this is the second most printed book in human history to the Bible? It is less practical technique than it is meditative tool. The words and phrases are purposefully crafted to take you out of your preconceptions and biases to certain words and phrases and open your mind to new abstractions and understandings.

Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

Why it's essential:
You may have heard of the Tao Te Ching, or of the Taoist philosophy it spawns, but did you know this is the second most printed book in human history to the Bible? It is less practical technique than it is meditative tool. The words and phrases are purposefully crafted to take you out of your preconceptions and biases to certain words and phrases and open your mind to new abstractions and understandings.

How to Know God: The Aphorisms of Pantanjali translated by Why it's essential: Don't get caught up if you're not comfortable with the word "God". The translator makes it very clear that. This will blow your mind, and is so powerful you may find you need to take reading breaks from concentrated wisdom overload.

How to Know God: The Aphorisms of Pantanjali translated by

Why it's essential:
Don't get caught up if you're not comfortable with the word "God". The translator makes it very clear that. This will blow your mind, and is so powerful you may find you need to take reading breaks from concentrated wisdom overload.