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MODERN LIFE CAN BE STRESSFUL AND CONFUSING.
IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO FOCUS, TO FIND DIRECTION AND MEANING IN THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS NOISE.
Our courses enable you to take some time out for yourself each week to discover tools and learn techniques, guided by philosophy, that explore topics like love, happiness, wisdom, freedom, and justice.
Relevant and practical, these concepts will help you develop techniques that explore true presence and self-knowledge for a well-lived life in today’s world.
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ABOUT OUR COURSES
The School offers a series of online or in-person philosophy courses designed to inspire an exploration of a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in our lives.
Ancient wisdom from Eastern and Western philosophical teachings guide an understanding and experience of what true presence is, and when we are in true presence, deeper aspects about ourself and our place in the world can be revealed. This can provide poise and balance in navigating life's twists and turns.
There’s no prior learning required and lots of room for open discussion and questions.
- Meet online or connect in-person
- Develop techniques that explore self knowledge
- Explore ancient wisdom teaching from the East and West
- Develop deeper meaning and purpose
- Course runs for 10 weeks in total
- Sessions are 90 minutes in duration
- Available at different times of the day
- Our next Introductory course commences February 2023
The Wisdom Within is our introductory course and is the place to begin your exploration of practical philosophy in the School.
This lively introductory course is interactive and practical, so you discover real-world solutions to some of life’s challenges.
The course explores where true wisdom is found; what holds us back? What sets us free? It aims to guide you to a greater understanding of yourself, your states of awareness and how justice is relevant to a meaningful life. It’s philosophy made practical.
- Know Thyself
- The Present Moment
- The Power of Beauty
PHILOSOPHY & WISDOM
What is practical philosophy?
‘What would a wise person do here?’
Philosophy means the love of wisdom.
Who or what am I? What is my potential?
Who am I, really? My body? My emotions? My strongly held beliefs? My soul? Possibly all of these? Possibly none?
What is our state of awareness?
Why does it fluctuate during the day?
Often the most notable quality of wise people is their alertness to the subtleties of a situation.
THE PRESENT MOMENT
We review our own experience of attention through a model featuring attention centred, captured, open and scattered, and how these each relate to the past, present and future.
Plato’s views on justice. What does it mean to live justly? According to Plato, justice and injustice do not start ‘out there’. They begin within us.
THE THREE-FOLD ENERGY
What is energy? Can it be created and conserved? We consider the Vedic model of three fundamental substances or energies.
THE LIGHT OF REASON
What is reason?
How can it enrich our lives?
We look at the philosopher Shankara’s notion that reason is the ability to discern the transient from the eternal, the changing from the unchanging.
THE POWER OF BEAUTY
What is beauty?
Is there such a thing as absolute beauty?
Beauty has the capacity to open the heart and bring delight. In this session we discuss our direct experience of beauty in its different forms.
UNITY IN DIVERSITY
Is there a common thread running through all things? What is the effect of finding unity? When we look around at nature, we see diversity beyond imagination.
THE DESIRE FOR TRUTH
Practical philosophy is about discovering the truth of things – not theoretically, but in our own experience. In this final session we look back and ask ourselves how our search for truth has fared as the term has progressed.