Any philosopher’s argument which does not therapeutically treat human suffering is worthless; for just as there is no profit in medicine when it does not expel diseases of the body, so there is no profit in philosophy when it doesn’t expel the sufferings of the mind. Epicurus

From India to Greece, since ancient times, philosophy has been understood as a way of life – to be practiced through rigorous self-examination and ethical living.

This weekend will explore some of the striking parallels between the practices of early Buddhism, and those of Hellenistic philosophy. Comparing the discourses of the Pali Canon with the teachings of the Sceptics, Epicureans and Stoics, we’ll look at the historical and intellectual background of these traditions, and ask:

How did the doctrines of thinkers such as Democritus, Pyrrho, Epicurus, Epictetus and Seneca resonate with Gotama and his followers?'


The teaching will include seminars, discussions and spiritual exercises.

As an introduction to Hellenistic philosophy before the course, we recommend Pierre Hadot’s Philosophy as a Way of Life.

The weekend will include periods of practice and times for discussion.

For whom

For new and experienced Dharma practitioners as well as anyone interested in philosophy as a way of life.


This event is run in collaboration with the Bodhi College, the European College for Early Buddhist Teaching for Today.

Start date(s)

New dates will be published soon.
Registration will be possible when new dates are published.