Thu, Jun 03|
Taoism & Stoicism Discussion, Level 2 Event
Taoism and Stoicism aren't as parallel as Buddhism and Stoicism, but the two do share some similarities. And even moreso than Buddhism, Taoism can at times seem to complement Stoicism. What is Taoism and how does it compare with Stoicism?
Time & Location
Jun 03, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM GMT+2
About the Event
Greetings fellow Stoics!
Today we're hosting a discussion on the differences and similarities between Taoism and Stoicism. (Quick note: I chose the more contemporary spelling of 'Taoism' instead of 'Daoism', but they seem to be equally acceptable.) These two philosophical traditions haven't been compared as often as Stoicism has with Buddhism. They do have their similarities, however, including principles such as living in accordance with Nature, the universal being of Logos or the Dao, and the focus on that which we have control over. Although, Taoism also contradicts Stoicism in some details and in some others they seem to complement each other. We'll focus on a few questions more germane to our topic today:
- What is Taoism?
- How do Taoism and Stoicism compare and contrast?
- How can Taoism inform our living philosophy?
This is a level 2 event, which means you must be familiar with some basic Stoic concepts and have some experience living Stoicism already in order to feel comfortable in this discussion. Please consult the details on what level 2 means here: https://www.berlinstoics.com/event-organization.
There are various resources we ask you to use to get familiar with the topic at hand. You don't have to become an expert, just familiarize yourself with some of the texts published summarizing Taoism and those comparing and contrasting it with Stoicism. The following sources should give you a solid introduction.
The first set of resources include introductory videos on Taoism by the youtube channel and blogger Einzelgänger: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDVYjnosumiC9rxzv0QATivrlhjFQBJyG
The third set is a list of blog articles which nicely summarize Taoism and its comparative nature with Stoicism:
- https://personaltao.com/taoism/taoism-101/ (and also recommended are the Wikipedia or other online Encyclopediac entries on Taoism/Daoism)
- https://medium.com/the-philosophers-stone/stoicism-and-daoism-a-comparison-a240625ad1d3 (article by Massimo Pigliucci)
You can also post further recommended reading on the topic or related topics in our discussion forum: https://www.berlinstoics.com/forum/recommendations/eastern-philosophies and make sure to attach #taoism and the end of your post.
Today's discussion will run 1.5 hours. We don't partition the time, but we will always connect the theory to practice. Please submit specific prompts you would like discussed either here in our forum https://www.berlinstoics.com/forum/weekly-prompts/june-03-2021-taoism-prompts or in our Telegram group chat (more on this below). You can submit yours right up until the start of the event and the facilitator, Steve, will select a few to cover.
A couple of words: (1) If you haven't already, you can join our Telegram discussion group and our announcements channel by contacting us with your cell number and we'll add you. (2) The link to this event will be active between 20 and 10 minutes ahead of the start time, and we use https://meet.jit.si/ for our video conferencing. (3) Lastly, we have recently been streaming our events live on youtube and saving them on file, especially for those who cannot make particular events; at the start of each event, Steve will of course ask if everyone is okay or anyone has a problem with this. Furthermore, we only share recordings afterwards if we reach the threshold of 4 participants (other than the facilitator).
We look forward to seeing you there!