AIM OF THE SCHOOL
The School of Practical Philosophy offers a journey of self-discovery that guides students towards understanding their own innate wisdom and appreciating the underlying unity connecting us all.
Interactive classes provide supportive space for exploring life’s big questions and learning how to apply time-tested principles and practices.
This exploration and application leads to greater happiness, mindfulness, love, and effectiveness in daily living. Peace of mind and intentional focus flourish, while fear, anxiety and negativity dissolve.
Much of the learning that students experience comes from their fellow students and their own innate wisdom. The tutors, who direct the classes, are ongoing students in the School who have been practicing Practical Philosophy for many years and generously offer their own insights.
What You Can Expect
- 10 weekly sessions
- Guidance from some of the world’s greatest teachers
- Exercises to refine the power of attention, self-reliance and reason
- Clarity of mind and openness of heart
- Increased energy and awareness
- Time to talk about things that matter
Our Introductory Course - 'Wisdom Within'
Philosophy means the love of wisdom. Mindful wisdom is knowledge and love working together. Our course in practical philosophy makes mindfulness practical.
Wisdom is within. It simply needs to be remembered and the introductory course draws this memory out. It is the first step on this journey of self-discovery.
‘Wisdom Within’ is designed to help students to regain their natural sense of wonder, gaining access to their inner happiness, wisdom, and strength. It is not an academic survey of great philosophical ideas as one might find in a university.
What is it?
It is an introduction to a series of proven principles that enable students to attain self-knowledge and improve their lives through reasonable, compassionate living. The proof of Practical Philosophy’s effectiveness is found in personal experience.
The course asks, Who am I? and gives practical ways to explore the answer. It considers wisdom and how it is acquired; levels of awareness and consciousness; the power of reason; the nature of beauty; and the unity behind and through everything.
What is expected of me?
The approach is practical rather than academic. There are no exams to pass. No sitting at desks. The course does not offer certificates or diplomas. The curriculum is inspired by the philosophy of Advaita (“not two”), and embraces a wide range of philosophical ideas, tapping into the wisdom of the great minds of East and West, including Plato, Socrates, the Buddha, Shakespeare, LaoTsu and Shri Shantananda Saraswati.