In addition to their weekly philosophy or economics sessions and study days, students are welcome to pursue other related areas of study which they find interesting.

Some informal study groups have emerged, usually led by one of our senior students, most of which can be attended by any student in the School (some are only for those students who are practising meditation).  Groups active at any time vary, but examples include:

The Art Group

Tuesday Art Group with Tuition – Drawing in Stillness. This Edinburgh based group meet up to paint and draw based on philosophical principles.

Contact Sylvia Home 01578 740 279

The Philosophy and Christianity Group

This group meets in Edinburgh and Glasgow to examine the essence of the teaching and wisdom of Jesus Christ. This work may extend to parallel studies, and has recently included the tradition of Hermes Trismegistus, the writings of Marsilio Ficino and a more contemplative approach to Gospel study.

Contact Margaret Fraser 0131 225 4859

Sanskrit Study Group

Groups of students are invited to study this ancient language in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Mondays 6.30pm -7.30pm, Chester Street , Edinburgh.
Tuesdays 6.30pm- 7.30pm, Park House, Glasgow.

Contact Dr Sudhir Prabhu Khanolkar 01355 230945

Gita Study

The ancient Bhagavad Gita is one of the key texts for understanding the Advaita tradition of philosophy.  This group meets in Glasgow for studying selected passages in greater depth than is possible during the weekly Philosophy sessions.

Contact Dr Sudhir Prabhu Khanolkar 01355 230945

The Marsilio Ficino Group

A philosopher of the 15th-century Florentine renaissance and head of the Platonic Academy there, Marsilio Ficino, through his letters, provides a great insight into the lives and ideas of this very creative period.  This group meets several times each term in Edinburgh to consider Ficino’s letters.

Economics with Justice Group

This group is run in association with the Economics with Justice course, but it may also be attended by students of the School who are not studying economics.  Economics with Justice offers a different perspective on conventional economic thought and practice, and the group usually meets once each term, in Edinburgh, Glasgow or both, on a Saturday.

Contact Graham Blackbourn on 01506 846866 or



thought for the week

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.  

Thich Nhat Hanh   (1926 – )  

Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk