School of Practical Philosophy

The School of Practical Philosophy, Gauteng is a centre for spiritual and practical knowledge and enquiry.

The School aims to help individuals lead a fuller, richer and more useful life and to evolve the spiritual aspect of their being in accordance with natural laws.

This aim is pursued primarily by offering courses in practical philosophy.

Leon MacLaren - Founder

The Way of Wisdom leads a man through knowledge, and he finds in the light of that knowledge, himself; he takes to study, study of the scriptures, to deep meditation, and, of course, to practice, because he knows that knowledge is only understood in practice.

The cornerstones of Practical Philosophy are Knowledge, Meditation and Practice. For any progress to be made in realising the truth, these three aspects need to be developed together.

Upcoming Courses

Practical Philosophy


Introductory Practical Philosophy

A ten-week starter course considering the philosophical ideas and questions affecting our everyday lives.

Do any of us really know who we are? Or why? For thousands of years, philosophy has been searching for answers and seeking the truth in everything.

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Practical Philosophy

We would encourage you to explore and deepen your understanding beyond the Introductory Module and we offer a range of opportunities to enable you to do so from Part 2 onwards.

For students who have completed the Introductory Module (both Part 1A and Part 1B), we run follow-on courses.

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Introductory Economics with Justice

A ten-week starter course explores the possibility of a just system which works. And works for all.

The course enquires into the causes of inequality and what maintains it. It looks at the sources of wealth and causes of poverty.

NB: This course is run by our sister school in the UK. Click read more to go to their website.

Economics with Justice

Examine the economic principles at work in society that help us live together in peace and prosperity



The sheer beauty of the language and profound concepts stir the mind and heart to that which is pure and beautiful.



Introductory Sanskrita

All students start with the Introductory Course. The aim of this course is to provide a sound introduction to the language which will equip the student to proceed with further studies.

The aim is that the student will be able to sound the alphabet, write finely and have acquired basic reading skills.