Books

On this web page you will find our suggested reading on the subject of Stoicism and Buddhism as a comparative and integrated teaching and practice plus our recommended introductory books on both traditions. The following books can be purchase online via That Book Store or your favorite book seller.

More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age by Antonia Macaro

Our group is currently reading this book. It explores both philosophies, focusing on their ideas and practices that fit with our skeptical age, and those which have the potential to make the biggest impact on how we live. From accepting that some things are beyond our control, to monitoring our emotions for unhealthy reactions, to shedding attachment to material things and more.

Stoicism & Western Buddhism: A Reflection on Two Philosophical Ways of Life by Patrick Ussher

The book explores themes of Buddhist and Stoic mindfulness, shared psychological insights as well as Stoic and Buddhist practices for cultivating compassion and concern for others.

Furthermore, it explores why it is that, of all forms of Buddhism, it is ‘Western Buddhism’ that is most similar to Stoicism. In the West, Buddhism has been ‘redeveloped’ into a practical, highly engaged, present moment focused philosophy as a way of life. And, as it happens, this Western ‘reinvention’ of Buddhism turns out to be much closer to Stoic philosophy than it is to the traditional Buddhism from which it draws.

The Three-Petalled Rose: How the Synthesis of Judaism, Buddhism, and Stoicism Can Create a Healthy, Fulfilled and Flourishing Life by Ronald W. Pies

This book examines the common threads that unite three, great spiritual traditions–Judaism, Buddhism, and Stoicism–the author provides a framework for achieving a fulfilled and ethically responsible life. The author helps the reader take the spiritual “nutrients” from these three ancient traditions and transform them into a life of beauty, order, and purpose. No scholarly expertise or special knowledge of religion is required to understand the material within this book.

Recommended introductory books on Stoicism and Buddhism

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine

In A Guide to the Good Life, the author offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life.

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation by Thich Nhat Hanh

This modern classic introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha’s teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. It clearly explains Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and other basic Buddhist teachings.