After completing the Introductory and Foundation courses, you are invited to continue your adventure in practical philosophy. Further courses are offered, which serve to expand and deepen students’ appreciation of the search for wisdom.
Practical philosophy is not so much a subject of study as it is a way of life, and these courses provide the opportunity for ongoing exploration. There are many students around the world who have been attending the School’s courses for several decades!
Below are some of the courses on offer in term two, commencing May 2020. Following enrolment, students will receive details of how to join the classes online from their tutor.
Power of Attention
“Love of Wisdom means always to be watchfully attentive in small, even the smallest, actions. Such a man gains the treasure of great peace; he is unsleeping so that nothing adverse may befall him, and cuts off its causes before hand… Be sober and watch over your life; for sleep of the mind is akin to real death.” St.Isaac of Syria
Developing the power of attention is the primary element of the regulation which cleanses the mind of infatuation with the imaginary world of “me” and “mine” and removes the barriers to the pure, perfect and complete experience of true Self.
The aim of this term is to discover in practice the effects of this purifying kind of action, and how our true nature of consciousness, knowledge and bliss is revealed when the false view of ourselves is forgotten, if only for a moment.
The Five Sheaths
“When all the five sheaths have been eliminated, the self of man appears pure, of the essence of everlasting and unalloyed bliss, indwelling, supreme, and self-effulgent.” Vivekacudamani, 151-2
The idea that the essence of each being is hidden within five kosha, or sheaths, has its origins in the ancient Taittirīya Upanishad. The Upanishad shows how a knowledge of these five sheathes can lead to a positive realisation of who I truly am.
This course seeks that essence which is beyond the laws and regulations of nature and looks at how it can be revealed. Different philosophies interpret the teaching on the five kosha differently. We will take our lead from Advaita philosophy, which shows how these five kosha protect and nourish the essence of the human being, but also how they can stop the unwary soul from discovering who or what they really are.
Law of Speech
Speech may be used to discover the truth or to disguise it. Speech may be creative and it may also be destructive. The aim of this course is that students may gain a fuller understanding of language and the law of speech.
COURSE START DATES
Power of Attention courses
Mon 18 May, 7pm – 9.30pm (with meditation)
Sat 23 May, 10am – 12.30pm
The Five Sheaths
Wed 20 May, 7pm – 9.30pm
The Law of Speech
Thu 21 May, 7pm – 9.30pm
The concession rate is available to those with a full-time student, pensioner concession or unemployment card.