Continuing Study

Once the introductory Philosophy course is complete there is the opportunity to explore the subjects more broadly and discover further ways in which philosophy can positively affect everyday living.

Students enrol term-by-term and may decide at the end of each term whether they wish to continue for another term.

The first four years cover the following topics in successive terms:

  1. Introductory course
  2. Happiness
  3. Love
  4. Presence of mind – Introduction to Meditation
  5. The way of freedom
  6. The way of action
  7. The way of devotion
  8. The way of knowledge
  9. Philosophy: the way of life
  10. The three gunah
  11. The five koshah
  12. Harmony

Students who wish to continue their studies can re-register below:
The main subject explored in the School is Practical Philosophy, based on the philosophies of East and West, but with emphasis placed on the student’s own practical experience and observation in the light of reason.  For students who continue in the School for some years, and especially beyond the first four years outlined above, increasing attention is placed on the philosophy of Advaita, or “unity” (see below).  This can continue for as long as the individual wishes to pursue his or her studies.  By this time, students will have been offered the opportunity to take up meditation if they wish (see under the “Meditation” tab).

Advaita philosophy (the word literally means “non-dual”) is generally associated with the East, and indeed the School has for many years had a close association with the Indian Advaita tradition (see under the History tab).  However, the School understands Advaita as a universal concept which has found expression in many of the world’s philosophic and religious traditions.  Students of the School include members of most of the world’s faith groups, and many others who are not attracted to any form of religion.  A true appreciation of Advaita allows life to be led more fully and richly, conferring greater freedom on the individual and those around.  It is designed to bring out the best in everyone, whatever part they are playing.


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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