Talk

Presented by

Michael Gillespie

Recorded:
11/17/2019
Location:
Nickerson St. Zendo
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Roman stoics vs Italian monkeys

How do we respond to the pain of the world?  How do we respond to things we can't control?  The ancient Stoics had the answer: indifference.  Just chill and it will all go away.

Tell that to the Italian monkeys.  In a landmark experiment, it was discovered that all of our actions deeply effect the brains of all of us.  Chill all you want, but it's working on you, anyway.

How do Buddhists approach what we can't control?  Equanimity says bring it on.  We can hold that insecurity and fear.  Embrace, don't shun.

This week, our resident philosophy professor Mike Gillespie helps us navigate the subtle waters between indifference and equanimity.