The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for "that which is held in the hand") is a short manual of stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus.
This manual has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy listening.
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Peace of mind from the 2nd century
tl;dr: seeking peace of mind? Listen to this. Not once, and not quickly. Really listen.
"It's not even an hour long, how great can it be? I'm glad I got it for free, who would pay for this?" Thought naive me.
Wikipedia calls The Enchiridion "a short manual of Stoic ethical advice" which is more than an understatement. This is a distillation of how to be at peace through Stoicism, a Greco-Roman philosophy which is superficially identical to Buddhism.
The Enchiridion lays out a set of simple principles and examples which would take a decade of dedication to master, if not a lifetime. Every few sentences could be their own chapter or their own book or their own set of books. In fact, you could pick any one of these over 50 chapters and find a self-help book on the shelves right now dedicated to that single chapter's idea. And that 300-page self-help book would swear they found the one secret to inner peace.
Not a single moment is difficult to understand; only difficult to live out. The arcane language has been stripped away and I imagine that this plain language is how it was intended to be heard long ago. The slow, deliberate narration is exactly what this kind of text deserves.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
- R. MCRACKAN