Gautma Buddha and Epicurus
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For both Gotama and ancient Greek Epicurus, philosophy was not an academic discipline but a therapy for curing the sickness of the soul.
Born in Greece sixty years after the Buddha died, Epicurus developed a practical philosophy that was founded on an atomic theory of reality, aimed at optimizing human happiness, and which considered friendship the most important virtue.
During this course we will examine surviving fragments of Epicurus’ own writings as well as passages from the poem On the Nature of Things by his Roman follower Lucretius.
We’ll explore the many striking parallels between Epicureanism and Early Buddhism, and also look at where the traditions appear to diverge.
Time will include meditation sessions, discussions and talks