Philosophy for Living




Evening Classes in Practical Philosophy

Why not try our Foundation Practical Philosophy Courses that explore the nature of peace, life in the present, justice, love, happiness, conscious living and being yourself.

Many students have said that these courses have triggered a transformation in their lives for the better.

Do I really know myself? Theory is fine, but is there the necessary inner wisdom yet, the inner calm and natural bliss to see the world straight, to live life to the full?

This 10 week course, engenders perception, observation and discussion with those looking beyond life’s surfaces for what is reliable lasting and true.

The Introductory Course

What does the course cover?

The course draws on some of the world’s great philosophic teachings and mindful awareness exercises. Topics include:

1 The nature of wisdom
2 Self-discovery and self-knowledge
3 Different levels of awareness and wakefulness
4 The power of attention and the present moment

5 What it means to live justly
6 The nature of beauty
7 The light of reason
8 The nature of energy and how best to use energy
9 Finding unity in diversity
10 The desire for truth

Students at the Bristol Branch

The introductory course in Practical Philosophy is a complete study, centred upon the question ‘How do the wise live?’ The introductory terms draw upon the great teachings of East and West, past and present to provide a system of knowledge and practical guidance relevant to life in the world today. In a spirit of enquiry, the School encourages an exploration of philosophical principles based on personal experience. It is not exclusive, and its students include followers of the world’s great religions – and many who follow no religion at all.

There is no attempt to cover all philosophical systems, but there is plenty for anyone interested in the big questions of life and the world around us. The course includes ideas put forward by Socrates, Plato, Confucius, the Bible, Buddha, Epicurus, Emerson, Vivekananda and Shantananda Saraswati, a modern exponent of the philosophy of unity or Advaita.