(Ἀταραξία “tranquility”) is a Greek term used by Pyrrho and Epicurus for a lucid state of robust tranquility, characterized by ongoing freedom from distress and worry. Dictionary.com defines Ataraxia as: a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquility.
Zeno of Citium (334-262 B.C.E.)
The achievement of ataraxia the “untroubled mind” is seen as the goal of philosophy and the keystone to a good life by the ancient Greek and Roman Stoic philosophers such as Zeno of Citium and Marcus Aurelius. This is achieved by detaching one’s mind from the stream of events and affecting a calm and dispassionate acceptance of fate. Ataraxia or Apatheia as it is later known is seen by many as the Buddhist concept of nirvana “stripped of its mysticism”. I am not sure if I agree with this but it is easy to see how such an assumption might be made.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.E– 65 C.E)
Buddhists and Stoics hold similar views regarding “desire”and “attachment”. Stoic philosophers categorize attachment into four categories: desire fear, distress, and delight. The most important of these fear is the judgment that things out of our control about to happen are bad. Its antithesis, “desire”, judgment that things out of our control about to happen are good.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 C.E.)
Compassion was another common trait of the Stoics and Buddhism. The Stoics, unique in their time, were opposed to slavery and preached brotherly love and an insistence on understanding and accepting whatever the logos set out i.e calm acceptance of our now whatever it may entail. This Stoic idea of “logos”, which is a sort of universal reason that determines the unfolding of events. For the Stoics the goal is to develop a degree of self-control that allows one to overcome destructive emotions. This obviously is a corollary to the Buddhist concept of mindfulness. So we have two entirely unrelated philosophical systems appearing at roughly the same time in two very different cultures sharing almost the same core tenets proving, to my satisfaction, that Truth is Truth and will always appear within a sufficiently advanced culture perhaps wearing a toga in one place and a saffron monk’s robe in another but always the same Truth.
In a kingdom far far away, there was cold king and a lonely prince. By chance, there lived a tailor and baker who would change their lives forever. Of course that is if they can handle evil jesters with creepy butterflies that turn people into demons, a bratty princess who won’t take no for an answer, and the bad habit of overthinking things.
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