Tao of Seneca – Free PDFs

Tao of Seneca - Letters from a Stoic Master

My team and I have been working on this for more than six months, and it’s finally finished!  

The Tao of Seneca: Letters from a Stoic Master is a small thank-you gesture to all of you — three volumes of Stoic writing starring Seneca, complete with original illustrations, profiles of modern Stoic figures, interviews, original Japanese and Chinese calligraphy to match themes, and much more. It’s totally free and you can download the PDFs below. Sharing is encouraged. Kindle versions are coming shortly, but it’s easy to get the PDFs on your Kindle now (instructions below).

I hope you find Seneca’s wisdom as life-changing as I have. I also owe a very special thanks to my entire team and all of the contributors who took part in the project. Thank you!

Tao of Seneca: Volume 1

Tao of Seneca: Volume 2

Tao of Seneca: Volume 3

If interested, I also turned Seneca’s letters into an audiobook series (paid). I often listen to one letter (5-15 minutes each) while walking to coffee in the morning. You can find it here: The Tao of Seneca.

For Those Interested: How to Put a PDF on Your Kindle

Below is a breakdown (directly copied from Amazon with my comments in [brackets]) on how you can easily email a PDF document and upload to your Kindle.

  1. You and your approved contacts can send documents to your registered Kindle devices, free Kindle reading applications, and your Kindle Library in the Amazon Cloud by e-mailing them to your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address ([name]@kindle.com). Your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address is a unique e-mail address assigned to each of your Kindle devices and free Kindle reading applications upon registration.
  2. How to send a document to your Kindle:

To find your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address, visit the Manage your Devices page at Manage Your Kindle. [TIM: To skip to the part you need, go to the “Settings” tab and then scroll down to “Personal Document Settings.” That will be true if you click on any of the links in these instructions.]

Documents can only be sent to your Kindle devices or apps from e-mail accounts that you added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List. To add an e-mail account, visit the Personal Document Settings page.

To send a document to your Kindle device or app, simply attach it to an e-mail addressed to your Send-to-Kindle e-mail.

[TIM: Note that the above does NOT work for the Kindle app on Mac desktop. If you want to read a PDF in that app, go to “File” –> “Import PDF…” and you’re off to the races.]


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234 Replies to “Tao of Seneca – Free PDFs”

  1. Woaw! Even the color theme of the 3 volumes work!

    From the podcast to the TV channel, to the blog, Tim you have managed to accumulate a corpus of knowledge which is very humbling.

  2. Recommending tribe of mentors to people as a way to show my appreciation wouldn’t be fair to readers. That is unless it turned out that the book was helpful in some way. I’ve only read tribe of mentors one time however I find myself already wanting to go back to make references. as I’m sewing through the pages my notes are falling out all over the place. I’m going to use this as a metric in gauging how often I should recommend this book… Early & Often!!

    Thanks Tim! Thanks team! Can’t wait to read Tools of Titans and 4 Hour Work Week; not necessarily in that order though.

  3. Is there a way we can purchase a hard copy? the book looks amazing and would love to have a hard copy available. I could print the pdfs but would prefer having proceeds go to the rightful owners

  4. Was looking for the Spanish version to gift to a Spanish person, with basic English skills.

    I hope some multi-lingual people help to translate this book !

  5. I’m from the UK so this feels really uncomfortable but here goes – “I thank you for everything you do and mostly for your honesty about depression, I sometimes cannot comprehend how much I’ve changed just listening to the stuff you put out” thanks. TC

  6. What a great find. Thanks for the Seneca downloads. I like your energy and drive. It reminds me of myself, forty years ago! Keep up the great work.

  7. Thank you so much for this gift to the world! Will be punching above my weight for some time but will enjoy the process.
    I also kindly request if you ever find the time to provide the books in EPUB or AZW3 format.
    Tried to read the PDFs on my kindle but the letters are too small and letter size cannot be changed.
    Letting Amazon convert the PDF to MOBI works but butchers the great layout of the book. Native kindle format with your remarks included would increase the book’s value ten-fold.
    Thank you again.

  8. Thanks so much for this and all you do! I realized today that I have been getting advice from and through you for at least 10 years now. Quite a bit, especially stoicism, has been genuinely life changing so I just wanted to pass on how grateful I am for your work. Thanks again!

  9. Thank you Tim for all the research and interesting people you make available to us through your newsletters and pod casts.