Part 01AB: Wisdom

Philosophy & Meditation - Introductory Course

This is an online course in Philosophy and Meditation. The course is spread over 2 terms (10 weeks starting week Jan 16th and 10 weeks starting week Apr 17th). We hold classes on Zoom and students engage with the tutor and other students in the Zoom virtual classroom. 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 course offers time-tested principles that lead to freedom and sustainable happiness. The online course cost for 2 terms is €99.


Duration20 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 course also helps you to prepare for a course in mantra-based meditation which will be offered to you on completion of the course.


This Introductory Course in Philosophy and Meditation is not an academic course, it is practical to your everyday life and also serves to prepare you for a course in mantra-based meditation. The 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.

Note that the in-person classes cover the introductory course over one term, 2 hours per evening and this online option is shorter and offered over 2 terms. You can choose one online class time from 2 different available time slots throughout the week. Your tutor will send you a Zoom link to join the class at that regular time each week for 10 weeks. We take a break at Easter time and begin again in April for another 10 weeks.

Week 1

Weeks 1 & 2 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 3

Weeks 3 & 4 Know Thyself. We look at practical ways to explore who we really are and how to tap into our true potential

Week 5

Weeks 5 & 6 Being Awake. Explore deeper levels of awareness, and how we can become more awake to the world around us

Week 7

Weeks 7 & 8 The Present Moment. We introduce a simple practice to help us live in the present moment more frequently

Week 9

Weeks 9 & 10: Living justly. We discuss the ways we might use Plato’s ideas on justice and injustice in our daily lives

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