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A Community of Zen Stoics

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Boost Productivity & Enhance Discipline

Better Relationships & Find Meaning in Life

Stoicism and Buddhism

Stoicism and Buddhism have a lot of common points and similitudes.

Buddhism and Stoicism also have differences.

You ask yourself questions and you are looking for answers

You are curious

You want to transform yourself.

You want to be a better version of yourself

You want to be more focused, more disciplined, more productive, more mindful, more accepting of the challenges of Life... and better relationships with the opposite sex

You want to learn how to meditate, stop procrastination, reach goals, better your personal development, use amazing productivity techniques for study and work...

Here you will find more than simple Stoic quotes, Buddhist quotes and Zen quotes.

Welcome to the STOIC & ZEN community !

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Insights about a Zen and Stoic Life in a Red Pill World. 

Zen is the Stoicism of Asia. Stoicism is the Zen of the West.

What are Zen Buddhism and Stoicism?

You may have the image of Zen Buddhism as being a bunch of people in yoga pants meditating mindfully in from of a small Buddha statue… but Zen is also Steve Jobs, Leonard Cohen and Jack Kerouac discovering the benefits Zen meditation can bring in terms of mental clarity.

Zen is also Japanese warriors, burning incense in their helmets in case their heads get chopped off by their enemies or some Chinese Shaolin monks pushing the body’s limits by doing all sorts of crazy Kung Fu stuff. 

Stoicism was born in Ancient Greece and was even followed by Roman Emperors, the most famous Stoic Emperor being Marcus Aurelius… Learn more...

5 Ways to Boost FOCUS + PRODUCTIVITY like a ZEN MONK

  • Learn the Art of Zen Productivity
  • Upgrade your own Internal Operating System
  • Be Productive, Efficient, and Get Stuff Done

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Zen Masters & Stoic Philosophers

Join us to discover thousand years old insights from Ancient and Contemporary Stoics and Zen Masters. 

Marcus Aurelius

Roman Emperor

"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts."


Founder Buddhism

"You can only lose what you cling to."


Zen Master, Soto Zen

"A flower falls, even though we love it, and a weed grows, even though we do not love it."

Kodo Sawaki

Zen Master, Japan

"No matter how many years you sit doing zen meditation, you will never become anything special."


Philosopher and Statesman

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable."


Founder, Zen

"If you use your mind to study reality, you won't understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you'll understand both."

Zen + Stoicism

Put together, Zen + Stoicism are a great combination to enhance your work and your life. 

Zen Buddhism

  • Focus. Be mindful, wake up, now!
  • Meditation, sitting. Real-life practice through Zen meditation. 
  • Meaning. Explore the meaning of Life, Existence and Death.


  • Discipline. Build a routine and conquer.
  • Meditation, thinking. Be the master of your own kingdom.
  • Relationships. Build deeper and more meaningful relationships.

Taisen Deshimaru

Zen Master, Europe & Japan

"Time is not a line, but a series of now-points."

Suzuki Shunryu

Zen Master, US & Japan

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few."


Philosopher, ex-slave

"No man is free who is not master of himself."

Get Zen Meditation Bell Timers

  • Multiple Meditation Bell Timers
  • from 10 to 40min (mp3 format + PDF instructions)
  • Meditate exactly like Zen Monks

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Stoic & Zen is a platform created by MC, a North American entrepreneur who has been based in Asia for about 15 years.

MC worked as a Digital Producer leading teams of strategists, technologists and creatives to work on digital projects with clients such as PorscheMercedesAudi, Nike, Disney, BMWBeats by Dre, Durex, Tiffany, Fendi, HP, Hertz as well as consulting for start-upsentrepreneurs and ad agencies around the world. MC is a specialist of doing business in China and in Western countries. 

Fluent in Japanese/French/English, advanced Chinese level, and a bit of German up his sleeves, MC first came in contact with Stoicism while studying Philosophy at the university, discovered Buddhism while living in Thailand in 2000 and had his first real-life contact with Zen around 2004 in Japan

MC got a scholarship to study at a top-notch university in Tokyo, spent a few years working in Japan before relocating to China after the Lehman Brothers crisis. MC has the equivalent of 2 BAs in terms of courses taken in PhilosophyInternational Business and Asian Studies.

Born in 1980, MC aka Martin Couture, a European-Caucasian from French ancestry, is now married, self-employed and proud father of a little girl.

We welcome you to the Zen & Stoic Tribe!

(I know, I look young, but I am really turning 40 soon... no special cream and no Photoshop)

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Taisen Deshimaru: image retrieved on July 1st 2019 from, article by Charlie Ambler  published on October 19th 2016

Suzuki Shunryu: image retrieved on July 1st 2019 from San Francisco Zen Center (abbreviated as SFZC), article about Suzuki Shunryu,

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