The daily demands of life can make it seem as if there’s no space for anything or anyone else.
This 10-week evening course provides the opportunity to consider philosophical ideas and questions of real relevance to our lives. It offers the chance to like-minded people and have the kinds of conversations we'd like to have but, in a busy world, seldom do.
It also provides exercises to help bring clarity to the mind and heart, refine our attention and strengthen self-reliance.
By enlarging the view we have of ourselves and of the world in which we live, life becomes more fulfilling and happier. Challenges probably remain, but they are seen and dealt with in a clearer, more effective way.
Practical philosophy yields real answers to real questions. It helps us to:
|Week 1||Practical Philosophy - that which helps us to live truly and happily. How to act wisely and with confidence in all circumstances. Awakening exercise 1.|
|Week 2||Self-Knowledge - the key to wisdom. Being true to ourselves. Mindfulness in all situations.|
|Week 3||Living in the present and awakening to reality. The spirit of enquiry. Accessing the stillness within. The four states of attention. Awakening exercise 2.|
|Week 4||Living justly. The six tyrants within us. Overcoming anger and fear.|
|Week 5||Developing reason in ourselves. Experiencing deeper levels of being. Stillness, meditation and realising our potential.|
|Week 6||The power of beauty. Beauty at physical, mental and causal levels. Absolute beauty.|
|Week 7||In truth, who am I? Understanding your own nature. The unchanging observer. Awakening exercise 3.|
|Week 8||The three energies of the universe. The transcendental Self. The nature of pleasure and pain. Discovering true freedom.|
|Week 9||The energies and their effect on body, mind and heart. The three states of love. The right use of speech. The effect of food on the mind.|
|Week 10||The proper use of attention. Revisiting “who am I?” The desire for truth. The way ahead. Living mindfully. Awakening exercise 4.|
Our study of Practical Philosophy begins with the 10-week Introductory Course described above. It can then continue with additional terms for those who wish to explore further such subjects as presence of mind, happiness, love and freedom. The two and a half hour classes are filled with lively discussions and the spirit of inquiry. There is a half hour break for refreshments where students get to know each other and share experiences.
The Course offers an entirely practical approach to the study and practice of philosophical principles. The course is for everyone. No prior knowledge is needed - simply a desire to examine life and enjoy it more fully.
In the first session of the Introductory Course, a very simple practice is given to enable students to begin to connect with a deeper peace and stillness within themselves and also to observe more clearly the state of their own mind and emotions.
Inner peace and stillness are seen as key to a greater depth of experience in life and deeper understanding of ourselves. During the classes, a lot of attention is paid to this and exercises offered which can assist in this
For those who decide to continue their study beyond the Introductory Course, meditation is offered in subsequent terms.
The introductory course runs for 10 weeks, on Monday evenings. Each session runs 19.30-22.00pm, including a break for refreshments.
The next course starts Wednesday 17th January, 2018.
Courses start in January and September of each year. See starting dates, times & locations. Call us on 02 640 0727 or email for more information
Brussels address: 43 Rue Gachard, 1050 Brussels
Antwerp address: Van Schoonbekestraat 148, 2018 Antwerp
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The emphasis is on learning from the most powerful of teachers: your own experience. The only requirements are a spirit of inquiry and an interest in the subject.
Fee for one term €90 (under 25 years old: €40). Refundable during the first 3 weeks for anyone who may not wish or is unable to continue.
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Alternatively enrolment can take place fifteen minutes before the session on the first day of your attendance. Fee payable at first class.