The aim of the School is to provide systematic study and guidance to men and women who wish to embark on a journey of self discovery.
Through the study of the words of the wise, by reflecting on their meaning and relevance to us, and with some practical application of this knowledge, students broaden their perspective, find peace within, and re-discover a stability within themselves which has always been there.
This study and practice , combined with a proper training in meditation , offers valuable tools with which to navigate life’s complexities, understand the world around us better, and live a more authentic and centred life through discovering the underlying unity and joy in all things.
Many great works are drawn on for inspiration and knowledge, including Plato, Hermes, Emerson, Shakespeare, Marsilio Ficino, and of course the great religious teachers, past and present.
The Philosophy School follows the teaching of Advaita or Unity, as expounded by Shankara. Advaita is not a religion in itself, as it is all encompassing and non exclusive, but it is a worldview, one that enriches one ‘s understanding irrespective of cultural and religious background. Advaita expresses the sublle tenets underlying all the great religions and teachings of the world, a truly encompassing and universal view which enlivens and enhances one’s understanding of one’s own religion, or even non religion for that matter.
Laying a Philosophical Foundation
There are currently two broad offerings from the the Philosophy School. The first is to join Part One, which is the first in a series of lectures which lay a philosophical foundation for further study, reflection and Meditation.
Having taken Meditation after about 18 months, one continues the inward journey with the support of the School and the Teaching of Advaita.
The other option is to attend a series of lectures which focus primarily on Meditation. These have a duration of 18 – 20 weeks, during which time you will be formally initiated into Mantra Meditation. If one chooses to continue after this course, one would continue in this series of lectures until one is merged with the main stream courses after about 18 months.
A natural result of the connection with the beauty and stillness which lies within and without , is a deepened interest in other subjects such as Economics, Law, Sanskrit, Calligraphy, Art, and Music. All these are part of the fabric of the Philosophy School.
The Philosophy School is a non profit organisation and is staffed by its own students on a voluntary basis. Its tutors are all students of the school who have studied the subject.