How life became so complicated?
If happiness lies beyond the seeking of material possessions?
If there is something more to life?
If it is time for a new way of thinking?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO...
Simplify and clarify your decision-making?
Free yourself from habitual thinking and action?
Learn practices that bring your mind to stillness?
Better deal with stress and overwhelm?
Join a group to consider the deeper questions in life?
Strengthen your fortitude and conviction?
At the School of Practical Philosophy we seek to inspire the community to engage with the wisdom of philosophy as a way of living a true and happy life.
Our courses will help you explore the practical benefits of philosophy and ignite a different way of thinking about the world you live in, about how you approach the challenges and appreciate the joys that come your way, and about your relationships with the people around you.
We invite you to test out history’s great philosophical teachings in the context of your own life experience, through course material that's been refined over 50 years.
OUR INTRODUCTORY COURSE
START YOUR JOURNEY BY ENROLING IN "THE WISDOM WITHIN", OUR 10-WEEK INTRODUCTORY COURSE AVAILABLE BOTH IN PERSON OR ONLINE.
'The Wisdom Within' makes philosophy relevant and practical to our modern lives by introducing you to time-honoured philosophical concepts, developing them into techniques and real-world solutions to counter life’s seemingly endless challenges.
The course explores where true wisdom is found and asks what holds us back? What sets us free? It aims to guide you to a greater understanding of yourself, your states of awareness and how justice is relevant to a meaningful life.
You will be introduced to practices that will improve your ability to be present to everyday moments with an increased sense of purpose.
TERM COMMENCES 18 SEPTEMBER 2023
COST: $150.00 PER PERSON
Attend all 10 sessions over 10 weeks for just $150.00 per person this coming term.
Our schools around Australia operate as not-for-profit organisations, as such we do not operate under the principal of generating profit and exist to serve the community. As a result, we are able to offer our introductory course The Wisdom Within at this very reasonable fee.
The Wisdom Within - Our Introductory Course
10 week course
Attend Face-to-Face or Online
Meet once a week for 90 minutes (online) or 2.5hrs (Face-to-Face)
Guided by a dedicated tutor
Just $150.00 per person this term
Term commences 29 May 2023
The classes are not lectures. During each session you'll have the opportunity to interact with the tutor as well as your fellow students.
You will be in the good company of like-minded people from diverse backgrounds.
You will leave each class with time-tested principles and practices to apply in daily living and a toolbox of skills informed by the wisdom of the great philosophers.
Courses commence 3 times a year:
Term 1 - 6 February 2023
Term 2 - 29 May 2023
Term 3 - 18 September 2023
What is practical philosophy?
‘What would a wise person do here?’
Philosophy means the love of wisdom.
Who or what am I? What is my potential? Who am I, really? My body? My emotions? My strongly held beliefs? My soul? Possibly all of these? Possibly none?
What is our state of awareness?
Why does it fluctuate during the day?
Often the most notable quality of wise people is their alertness to the subtleties of a situation.
We review our own experience of attention through a model featuring attention centred, captured, open and scattered, and how these each relate to the past, present and future.
Plato’s views on justice. What does it mean to live justly? According to Plato, justice and injustice do not start ‘out there’. They begin within us.
What is energy? Can it be created and conserved? We consider the Vedic model of three fundamental substances or energies.
What is reason? How can it enrich our lives? We look at the philosopher Shankara’s notion that reason is the ability to discern the transient from the eternal, the changing from the unchanging.
What is beauty? Is there such a thing as absolute beauty?
Beauty has the capacity to open the heart and bring delight. In this session we discuss our direct experience of beauty in its different forms.
Is there a common thread running through all things? What is the effect of finding unity? When we look around at nature, we see diversity beyond imagination.
Practical philosophy is about discovering the truth of things – not theoretically, but in our own experience. In this final session we look back and ask ourselves how our search for truth has fared as the term has progressed.
IT'S PHILOSOPHY FOR EVERYONE
DESIGNED FOR ALL, THE APPROACH IS PRACTICAL RATHER THAN ACADEMIC. THERE ARE NO PRE-REQUISITES AND NO EXAMS TO PASS.
All that is needed is a thoughtful approach to life, a desire to know more, to experience greater happiness and to discover the practical means to fulfillment.
Philosophical enquiry and study in the School is directed towards the understanding of the unity that underlies everyone and everything. This philosophy is known as Advaita Vedanta.
As companions on this exploration, we discuss concepts and ideas put forward by some of the greatest minds including Socrates, Plato, Confucius, Buddha, Epicurus, Emerson, Vivekananda and a modern exponent of the philosophy of Unity, Shantananda Saraswati.
HOW TO ENROL
SCROLL DOWN TO SELECT AN ONLINE OR FACE TO FACE COURSE OPTION
Our bricks and mortar schools in each state, whilst all being affiliated to our global network, are all independently operated. Course pricing for the face-to-face courses may vary from school to school. Please see the individual school websites via the links below for course pricing at your local school.
NSW / ACT
Tuesdays 6:30pm - Sydney CBD
Wednesdays 6:15pm - Sydney CBD
Wednesdays 9:30am - Wahroonga
Wednesdays 7:00pm - Wahroonga
Thursdays 7:00pm - Wahroonga
Wednesdays 10:30am - Canberra
Wednesdays 7:00pm - Canberra
Term commences the week beginning September 18th
The course consists of 10 weekly sessions of approximately 2.5 hours, including a break for refreshments.
Term 3 course commencement dates are:
Tuesday September 19, @ 13 Teague Street, Burswood at 7pm
Thursday September 21, @ Currambine Community Center Currambine at 6.30pm
Saturday September 23, @ 13 Teague Street, Burswood at 9am.
Please visit the Melbourne School website for further information about face to face courses.
Please note: Our national bricks and mortar schools are independent organisations, and the fees charged for courses may vary from state to state.
Term 3 courses commence September 18.
18SepMondays 7:00 PM AEST (5:00 PM AWST)
Session 1Mon 18 Sep 19:00 - Mon 18 Sep 20:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 2Mon 25 Sep 19:00 - Mon 25 Sep 20:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 3Mon 02 Oct 19:00 - Mon 02 Oct 20:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 4Mon 09 Oct 19:00 - Mon 09 Oct 20:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 5Mon 16 Oct 19:00 - Mon 16 Oct 20:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 6Mon 23 Oct 19:00 - Mon 23 Oct 20:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 7Mon 30 Oct 19:00 - Mon 30 Oct 20:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 8Mon 06 Nov 19:00 - Mon 06 Nov 20:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 9Mon 13 Nov 19:00 - Mon 13 Nov 20:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 10Mon 20 Nov 19:00 - Mon 20 Nov 20:30Practical Philosophy Australia
- $150.00 incl. GST
19SepTuesdays 11:00 AM AEST (9:00 AM AWST)
Session 1Tue 19 Sep 11:00 - Tue 19 Sep 12:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 2Tue 26 Sep 11:00 - Tue 26 Sep 12:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 3Tue 03 Oct 11:00 - Tue 03 Oct 12:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 4Tue 10 Oct 11:00 - Tue 10 Oct 12:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 5Tue 17 Oct 11:00 - Tue 17 Oct 12:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 6Tue 24 Oct 11:00 - Tue 24 Oct 12:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 7Tue 31 Oct 11:00 - Tue 31 Oct 12:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 8Tue 07 Nov 11:00 - Tue 07 Nov 12:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 9Tue 14 Nov 11:00 - Tue 14 Nov 12:30Practical Philosophy Australia
Session 10Tue 21 Nov 11:00 - Tue 21 Nov 12:30Practical Philosophy Australia
- $150.00 incl. GST