Practical Philosophy - Part 2

Practice never ever selling our happiness for anyone or anything


Date 15th January 2018 - 31st March 2018
Duration10 Weeks
Fee€ 80.00

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What to expect

When you have completed Part 1 Introductory Course, the theme of the next term Part 2 is Happiness. Enjoy the company of enquiring minds and explore what the wise have to say about happiness in this next 10 week course.


What is happiness?

Is it natural to a man or woman?

How may it be experienced fully and how is it lost?

Is it permanent or transient?

What is the effect of gaining happiness at the expense of another person’s happiness?

These are some of the questions that we consider in Part 2 because the desire for happiness is such a driving force both in individuals and for mankind itself.  If we can understand the true nature of happiness, we have gone a long way to understanding ourselves and the nature of the world in which we live.

As an example of material, we consider this saying from the Vedic tradition:

May all be happy.
May all be without disease.
May all creatures have well-being.
None should be in misery of any sort.

In the Vedic tradition, this is known as the Prayer Of The Wise.  The wise would not wish to see anyone in misery or ill health and would work in whatever way possible to secure happiness for everyone. We explore whether this is a possibility in our own lives.

In this course we enquire into the true nature of happiness.  This is a most powerful force in individuals and societies.  If we come to understand the real nature of happiness, we will understand a great deal about ourselves and the world in which we live.

What we will cover

Week 1

Is everything that we do motivated by the desire for happiness in some way or another? . How can we enjoy greater happiness in our lives?

Week 2

We examine our own happiness further , this will involve exploring the true nature of man.. To be happy it is necessary to be in tune with our true nature

Week 3

Happiness as our natural condition. The Vedic prayer versus utilitarianism; the greatest good for the greatest number.

Week 4

The importance of observation. . The factors required for observation. The qualities of the observer – perfectly happy, unaffected, unchanging, complete.

Week 5

How is happiness to be found?. Is happiness permanent or fleeting? Happiness arises from within.

Week 6

Why do we sell our happiness? Meeting adversity with equanimity. ‘Rejoice in the present’. Finding that happiness which is here, now.

Week 7

The distinction between happiness and pleasure.. Does pleasure give full satisfaction? The connection between happiness and attention.

Week 8

How natural happiness is covered by mistakes in the natural values. The natural effect of love is to widen the circle of our experience

Week 9

The tyranny of living in the opinion of others. In the dream world we are captured by something pleasant or unpleasant which causes us to forego our natural state of happiness

Week 10

Forgetting who we are. . Forgetting who we are. The effect of identification – to cover the true Self. Metamorphosis.

Part 2 Happiness

is this used?

If we live for ourselves alone, we will feel surrounded by enemies and the happiness of other people will be seen as an obstacle to our own happiness. Live for others and we will feel surrounded by friends and the happiness of each will become our happiness. (Tolstoy)

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