The aim of the course is to discover and experience our own true nature. So the first thing is to free ourselves from those things that hide it; and then we can begin to appreciate how it works in our daily lives. The theoretical part of the course supports this but is not an end in itself.
See the section "Our courses" on our website.
No specific previous knowledge is needed, simply a good understanding of the language, in this case English, in which the course is given.
Each session of the course covers either one or several topics. The course content is generated and produced by the School. It embraces the philosophical and spiritual heritage of humanity, drawing equally from Eastern and Western traditions. Concepts, quotations and texts which illustrate these are used as a basis for open discussion within groups.
Each week specific practical exercises are suggested and students are encouraged to bring their own experience to discuss at group meetings.
The weekly sessions themselves provide the opportunity to ask questions, form opinions and share experience, all within a framework based on the following principles rules:
Yes and no. There is no formal homework, however as part of the course's practical approach, students are invited to share the knowledge they acquire in daily life and to reflect on it. Such experience, brought to the group, is invaluable to the progress of the group as a whole.
For example, a very straightforward exercise is proposed from the first time of attendance, which may be practiced each day. This exercise quietens the mind and provides complete rest two or three times a day.
Life is often unpredictable and turbulent. We have a tendency to be at the mercy of external events and our state of mind, whether good or bad, can be too much dependent on them.
Knowledge of the true Self, meditation and practical philosophy allow for a way of life free of such constraints.
The course offers a deeper understanding of the nature of creation, practical steps to raise the level of consciousness, and the possibility of experiencing the peace and joy natural to our being.
Such a rediscovery will have a positive effect on our efficiency and on our ability to take up our responsibilities in the world.
There are no exams - this is a practical course, and students are just encouraged to put what they hear into practice in daily life.
A list of recommended reading is in preparation
No diplomas are awarded. On request a certificate of attendance can be made available.
Yes. Subsequent courses develop subjects touched on in the Introductory Course; for example – wisdom, consciousness, reason, beauty, law and justice...Specific subjects are treated in more depth – happiness, love, presence of mind, the development of wisdom in business life through care and intelligence, how to live in the world with philosophy.
After three to four terms into the course there is the opportunity to begin meditation. This is an integral part of the philosophy practised in the School.
This method of meditation is very simple and natural. It is based on the use of a "mantra" and comes to us from a long-standing Indian tradition. The practice of meditation begins following an initiation ceremony, accompanied with a moderate gift from the initiation candidate.
The School worldwide offers not only classes in practical philosophy but also classes covering art, architecture, calligraphy, music, mathematics, dance, language, education, law and economics. In Belgium the School offers courses in Sanskrit, economics, the study of Plato and also of Christianity in the light of Advaita Philosophy ( the philosophy of unity).
Please see the «New Course Dates».
School of Philosophy, rue Gachard, 43, 1050 Bruxelles, Tél: 02 /640 07 27
School voor Filosofie, Van Schoonbekestraat 148, 2018 Antwerpen,
Introductory course fees are €90 per person per term. Fees are fully refundable during the first three weeks of a term, for anyone not wishing or able to continue for any reason. There is a special rate - 40 euros - for people under 25.
Fees include refreshments during the break and weekly summary notes.
Fees for subsequent courses after the introductory term are 135 euros.
You can pay in cash on enrolment during the first evening from 19h00 (or 9.00h for daytime courses), or by bank transfer to : IBAN BE54 0689 0095 2797 / BIC GKCCBEBB Belfius. See the enrolment page.
No, we regret this is not possible.
The course fee is refunded unconditionally during the first three weeks of a term. No reimbursement after this period.
In addition to courses given in English
• Classes are also given in French at «Ecole de Philosophie », rue Gachard 43 1050 Bruxelles, Tél: 02 / 640 71 5302 / 640 71 53
• Classes are given in Dutch at locations in Antwerp, Brussels and Dilbeek. Tel: 02 / 640 90 29
For specific dates of the new term, please see the «New Course Dates».
The School is a Belgian-registered charity and is non profit-making. It was founded in 1970 and is a sister organization of the School of Economic Science established in London in 1937.
The School of Philosophy here in Belgium exists to help anyone searching for wisdom, for self-knowledge and for a deeper understanding of life and the world. It offers an environment where this can be studied, shared and experienced as well a meeting place for those seeking these essential aspects of life.
The School does not only assist the development of the individual but seeks to promote well-being and justice within society. With this in mind, the School, also recognizing the importance of the individual's inner life, teaches and provides guidance in a method of meditation.
The course material is given by those trained in the School of Philosophy. They bring both an intellectual understanding of the subjects dealt with and practical experience of their application in daily life. The tutors have followed the teaching of the School for some years and also practise meditation.
Their professional experiences and qualifications are various and wide-ranging.
In summary, a Parliamentary Commission was set up in 1997 to examine the activities of a number of groups in Belgium. A limited and highly subjective input about the School of Philosophy, amongst 188 organizations, was included, without the School being called to correct or respond to these opinions. The School remained on the subsequent « list » which was never approved by the Parliament and carries no official weight. However the School is still referred to on certain web sites, giving an unjustly negative bias.
During the 40 years of its existence the School has never been subject to a single complaint and remains dedicated to the service of each individual and society at large; always respecting the rights and freedom of all.
The main items of expenditure for the School, an asbl, in order of importance are :
It should be noted that the School is able to run entirely through the voluntary contributions of its course tutors and administrative staff.
As required by law the AGM of this charity chooses an Administrative Council which establishes the internal rules.
The course content is outlined by the Head of the School in consultation with the course tutors and is approved by the Council.
The course tutors and those involved in the running of the School are unpaid.
Their motivation is based on the fact that the knowledge and wisdom which they have received should be freely passed on to others.