Practical Philosophy & Meditation Courses
The Introductory Part 1 course is a complete study in itself. As a result of classes being run online in 2020, the Introductory Module, being full and rich in terms of content, has been split across 2 terms, now called Part1A and Part 1B.
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. Each course runs for 10-12 weeks.
Part 1A - Wisdom Within
Practical Philosophy is the exploration of knowledge, wisdom and ideas you can use to make sense of your world. It’s about discovering the truth of things – not in theory, but in our own experience. This ten week course looks at profound principles that lead to a new outlook, and suggests simple steps towards living a better, more meaningful and serene life.
Part 1B - Wisdom Within
The second part of our introductory course considering the philosophical ideas and questions affecting our everyday lives.
Part 2 - Philosophy & Happiness
The true nature of happiness. Being in tune with one’s own nature. The principle that all be happy. Observing the movements of the mind.The present and passing time.The difference between pleasure and happiness. Natural values continued. Attention and efficiency.
Part 3 - Philosophy & Love
The importance of love. How it is gained and how it is lost. The nature of love overcoming limits. The things that conceal love. What it is that is loved. The nature of gratitude. Love and law. Freedom of love and law together. Love guided by wisdom.
Part 4 - Philosophy & Presence of Mind
What in truth is present and receiving knowledge from what is present. Plato’s analogy of the cave. The importance of nourishing the mind. The power of decision and attention. The nature of criticism. The powers of thought, decision, love and will as universal powers.
Part 5 - Philosophy & Freedom
What is the true nature of freedom? How may freedom be experienced fully and constantly? In what ways is freedom lost? How does this apply both to individuals and to societies?
Part 6A - The Way of Action
The way of action is said to be one way in which the individual may seek to experience and become universal. We have considered the analogy of the actor both on-stage and going backstage. With this knowledge it is possible to act in a universal manner. We tend to spend all day long engaged in action. But what does philosophy say as to how this can take place in a way that is not binding but liberating?