Part 01: Wisdom

Philosophy & Meditation

For the Summer Term 2023 (starting week of April 24th), our 10-week Introductory Course in Philosophy & Meditation is available online and in person. This course examines how the combined wisdom of East and West can help us find freedom, happiness and fulfilment. Jobs come and go, physical beauty fades, markets rise and fall. Even close relationships can end. But the benefits of philosophy last a lifetime. This 10-session course offers time-tested principles that lead to freedom and sustainable happiness. Cost €10


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.


This is our very popular 10 week Introductory Course. These classes are filled with lively discussions in the spirit of inquiry. Sessions last for 2 hours and we break for refreshments for 15 minutes after the first hour.

For Summer 2023 we are offering the following classroom based locations

  • Dublin (Clyde road, Ballsbridge) - Mon & Tue @7:30
  • Cork (Anglesea Street) - Mon @7:30pm
  • Belfast (Malone hotel) - Wed @7:30om
  • Galway (The Ardilaun Hotel) - Thur @7:30pm

We also have an online option which will be conducted over zoom - the online classes are for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

This is a course in philosophy and meditation that can be used in everyday life. You will learn about the benefits and practice of mantra-based meditation and you will be invited to a course in meditation when you complete this Introductory Course. It is not a solely academic course. This introductory course concentrates on the nature of wisdom and how it may be possible to live wisely. It is part of a foundation course of philosophy which will also cover happiness and love. These three: wisdom, happiness and love, are central to human life and so are important subjects for inquiry.

We will hear what some of the world’s great philosophers have had to say on these subjects, but we will also consider them in practical ways that are relevant to our lives today. Classes will be conducted in a spirit of enquiry. The most important things will be what students discover for themselves, the insights they have, and what they find that might be valuable in their lives.

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

Week 1

The Wisdom Within. These opening sessions consider how philosophy can help us enjoy richer, less stressful lives. What is practical philosophy? ‘What would a wise person do here?’ These opening two sessions consider these aims and introduce simple exercises in mindfulness and the application of wisdom you can practise in daily life.

Week 2

Know Thyself. We look at practical ways to explore who we really are and how to tap into our true potential

Week 3

Being Awake. Explore deeper levels of awareness, and how we can become more awake to the world around us

Week 4

The Present Moment. We introduce a simple practice to help us live in the present moment more frequently

Week 5

Living justly. We discuss the ways we might use Plato’s ideas on justice and injustice in our daily lives

Week 6

The Threefold Energy. 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. We will explore this faculty of mind which is used to discover what is true and right.

Week 8

The Power of Beauty. If reason is appreciated in the mind, then it could be said that beauty is appreciated in the heart. When these two come together in a person and are not in conflict in any way then the experience is a unified one. This is what we will explore.

Week 9

Unity in Diversity. When we look around, we see enormous diversity. Nature is full of diversity. Can we find unity in all this diversity?

Week 10

The Desire for Truth. What does it mean to be a seeker of truth?

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