Practical Philosophy

Why explore practical philosophy?

This inspiring 10-week course in practical philosophy will give you the tools to become more mindful, to live life more consciously, and to feel more alive. The course explores the real meaning of wisdom, spirituality and the nature of the human being.Ideas, inspiration and material are drawn from the great philosophical traditions of the East and the West to help participants develop inner calm and peace of mind, discover greater freedom and happiness and fully realise their potential. It is broad in scope, non-academic, and intended to be of real practical use. Sessions are filled with lively discussion, and there are no exams to pass. Following this introductory course there are further opportunities for anyone wishing to deepen their studies, including a simple method of meditation.

10-week course Summary week by week

1

PHILOSOPHY: THE LOVE OF WISDOM

The nature of wisdom. A practical method to find inner peace and stillness. Awakening to the present, a simple exercise.
2

SELF- KNOWLEDGE

The key to wisdom. Being true to ourselves. Mindfulness in all situations.
3

LIVING IN THE PRESENT

The spirit of enquiry. Accessing the stillness within. The four states of attention.
4

LIVING JUSTLY

The six tyrants within us. Overcoming anger and fear.
5

DEVELOPING REASON IN OURSELVES

Experiencing deeper levels of being. Stillness and realising our potential.
6

THE POWER OF BEAUTY

Beauty at physical and mental levels, and absolute beauty.
7

IN TRUTH, WHO AM I?

Understanding your own nature. The unchanging observer. Another awakening exercise.

8

THE THREE ENERGIES OF THE UNIVERSE

The nature of pleasure and pain. Discovering true freedom.
9

MIND AND HEART

The three states of love. The right use of speech. The effect of food on the mind.
10

THE PROPER USE OF ATTENTION

Revisiting “who am I?” The desire for truth. The way ahead. Living mindfully.

INTERESTED IN MORE?

Anyone wishing to continue their studies and practices are welcome to explore topics such as presence of mind, happiness and freedom in further terms at the School, and to be introduced to meditation.

Like to enrol?

Click here to reserve a place on the next introductory course starting week commencing Monday, 17th of September. The weekly sessions are held from 19:30 to 22:00 pm, including a refreshment break.

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OTHER LANGUAGES?

The Practical Philosophy course is given in English on Monday evenings. It is also give in French on Mondays, and in Dutch on Mondays (Antwerp) and Wednesdays (Brussels). Visit our French or Dutch language version websites for more information on dates, times and venues.

A TASTE OF PHILOSOPHY

For the next 10-week Introduction to Practical Philosophy course, fees are reduced to €90 (from the usual termly rate of €135). A reduced fee of €40 applies to under 25s and full-time students. This fee is fully refundable any time during the first three weeks for anyone who does not wish or is unable to continue for any reason.