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.Currently 10 week terms are charged at £75 (with some concessions available), this includes a full Study Day with lunch.

If you choose to enrol for each subsequent term these are the topics you can expect t o study:

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 energies – sattwa, rajas and tamas
  11. The five sheaths – food, breath, mind, intellect and bliss
  12. Harmony

The first 12 terms as shown above cover the first 4 years within the School. For students who wish to continue to study beyond this, increasing attention is placed on the philosophy of Advaita, or “unity” (see below). By this time, students will have been offered the opportunity to take up meditation if they wish (see more information about this under the “Meditation” tab). Students may continue to study with the School for as long as they wish to. Some students stop attending after just a few terms, some stay for a few years and some stay for 30 years or more. All are welcome.

Advaita philosophy (the word literally means “non-dual” or not two) 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).

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. We welcome everyone

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 role 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