Part 01: Wisdom

Practical Philosophy - Introductory Course

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. The course is free with just a €10/£10 registration charge.


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 lives. This Introductory course is designed to encourage students to regain their natural sense of wonder, gaining greater access to their inner happiness, wisdom and strength.

More about the course

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.

The Introductory Course offers an entirely practical approach to the study and practice of philosophical principles. The course is for everyone regardless of race, education, occupation, age, culture and religion. You don't need to have studied philosophy before, all you need is a desire to examine life and enjoy it more fully.

The format of the class is to enquire around a question or a piece of material written by wise scholars, writers or philosophers. Then we discuss, listen to others perspectives and experiences and then we put this into practice during our day to day lives.

In the first session of the Introductory Course a very simple practice is given to enable students to begin to connect with a deeper peace and stillness within themselves and also observe more clearly the state of their own mind and emotions. This is a useful way to begin the sessions and students also practice this exercise during the week to see how it effects their day.

If you would like to continue the classes beyond the Introductory Course, we offer courses on the themes of Love, Happiness, Presence and Freedom. From term 2 an introduction to mantra - based meditation.

We look forward to welcoming you to class.

Week 1

The Wisdom Within. Why study philosophy? Introduction to practical exercises in awareness

Week 2

Knowing yourself. What am I? am I this body? this mind? these emotions? Is there more?

Week 3

Being Awake. How often and for how long are we awake?

Week 4

Attending To The Present Moment. What you give your attention to grows.

Week 5

Living Justly. What is justice? Is it important to live justly? Would a wise person live justly?

Week 6

The Three-Fold Energy. Do we find that our energy levels vary? Would we like to have more energy? What is energy?

Week 7

The Light Of Reason. What is reason? How can we develop reason? How can reason inform and inspire our lives?

Week 8

The Power Of Beauty. What is beauty itself? What keeps us from experiencing more Beauty?

Week 9

Unity In Diversity.

Week 10

The Desire for Truth. What are the marks of truth? How can we live more truthful lives?

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