Part 01: Wisdom

Philosophy & Meditation

Welcome to our very popular Introductory Course in Philosophy & Meditation. Next term starts week 15th January with 12th January as the final date for registration. Open to all, sign up now to enjoy the benefits of philosophy and meditation to last a lifetime.


Duration10 Weeks

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What To Expect

Philosophy means ‘the love of wisdom’ and wisdom is what helps us to master the art of living. In this course, we learn how to apply wisdom practically in our everyday. This course also helps you to prepare for a course in mantra-based meditation which will be offered to you on completion.


Welcome to our very popular 10-week Introductory Course in Philosophy and Meditation. These classes are filled with lively discussions as we explore how the wisdom of philosophy can be used to help us in our daily lives. Sessions are for 2 hours with a break for refreshments after the first hour.

You will learn about the practice of mantra-based meditation and you will be invited to a free course in meditation when you complete this Introductory Course. This course is part of a foundation course of philosophy and meditation which also covers happiness and love. These three: wisdom, happiness and love, are central to human life and you will hear what some of the world’s great philosophers have said on these subjects. We will also consider them in practical ways relevant to our lives today.

There are two main sources for the School’s philosophy: Advaita philosophy (the philosophy of non-duality), and Plato. The School draws from many additional sources which are resonant with these two main themes. Together, these can be viewed as a golden thread that runs through Western and Eastern philosophy.

What students say:

'The course exceeded all expectations. It has been a wonderful rewarding experience. The tutors are phenomenal and the class discussions are always interesting and enlightening. The class is the highlight of my week and I always leave it feeling a little wiser and happier than I was before I went in.'

'I enjoyed listening to others' experiences in the group and I picked up useful tips from the tutors'

'The informality of the sessions made for a great atmosphere and the tutor was very good about making everyone feel comfortable'

'I enjoyed the stimulating discussions and the friendly conversations with the group'

'The people were all lovely. It was nice to gather with like-minded people and yet a lot of different perspectives.'

'The delivery and content was excellent'

'I loved the practical nature of the classes, whereby all participants could discuss how this philosophy might affect their day-to-day lives'

For Spring 2024 choose from the following classroom-based locations:

Dublin [Engineer's Ireland, Clyde Road, Ballsbridge] Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 730pm or Saturday mornings at 10am

Belfast [The Malone Hotel] Wednesdays 730pm

Cork [Anglesea St] Wednesdays 730, Thursday at 730pm

Derry [St Columbs House] Tuesday 730pm, Thursday 1030am

Galway [Ardilaun Hotel] Wednesdays 730pm

Kilkenny [St Kieran's College] Thursdays 730pm

Limerick [South Court Hotel] Mondays 730pm

Drogheda [Townley Hall] Tuesdays 730pm

We also have an online option which is held over Zoom - these online classes are for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Week 1

The Wisdom Within. How philosophy can help us live richer, less stressful lives. Philosophy is the love of wisdom - and what is wisdom? The knowledge to help us master the art of living. Introduction to an awareness exercise that we will use throughout the term

Week 2

Know Thyself. Modern philosophy distinguishes two types of self-knowledge. One is knowledge about one’s own particular mental and emotional states. The other is knowledge of a persistent self, that is, a self that persists whatever the mental or emotional states may be. We consider both of these in this session and look at quotes from the Tao Te Ching, Autobiography of a Yogi, Rumi and Hildegard of Bingen

Week 3

Being Awake. Explore deeper levels of awareness, and how we can become more awake to the world around us. In seeking wisdom, and a true understanding of ourselves, and the world in which we live, we have a great gift. That is the gift of awareness. We consider quotes by poets Mary Spain and William Blake, along with Plato and Shakespeare

Week 4

The Present Moment. Being awake, living in the present, is very much to do with attention. This is a remarkable power, which is available to anyone. Where there is a strong power of attention, it is of great benefit not only in dealing with everyday, worldly matters, but also in connecting with the higher levels of awareness. We look at philosopher Swami Vivekananda and extracts from the book Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

Week 5

Living justly. Over the centuries one of the key questions of philosophy has been concerned with the nature of justice and injustice. In this session we will consider what Plato said about this

Week 6

The Threefold Energy. In this session we consider energy. What is energy? Do we find that our energy levels vary? Would we like to have more energy? Do we always have the right type of energy? Do we use our energies in the best way?We will look at a model that describes the world and everything in it in relation to three energies that may be thought of as light, activity and regulation.

Week 7

The Light of Reason. Developing Reason in Speech and Discussion. Plato’s writings mostly take the form of dialogues in which Socrates is the main speaker. In this session we consider four points which emerge from these dialogues and see how they may be applied in practice. When these are applied we may gain some insight into what is often referred to as the Socratic method or Socratic dialogue. 1. Truth is the goal 2. Be willing to be refuted 3.Listen 4. Question

Week 8

The Power of Beauty. what is beauty? Where do we find it? Is there such a thing as absolute beauty? These are questions with which philosophers have been concerned for millennia. Why do they consider these questions? Why is beauty such an important subject? 'Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light within the heart.' Kahlil Gibran

Week 9

Unity in Diversity. Diversity adds to the richness of life. Is there ever a problem with diversity? Do we sometimes feel overwhelmed by diversity? Despite all these differences, what is it that unites us? What has brought us here together? What makes us the same? What do we have in common? ' All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man does not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself . . . All things are connected.' Attributed to Chief Seattle of the Duwamish Tribe

Week 10

The Desire for Truth. What does it mean to be true to yourself? 'This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.' Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 3

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