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Early Level Courses


Philosophy & Freedom (Part 5)

This course takes a close look at the ways in which preconceived ideas, worry, fear, pleasure and pain tyrannize the mind and the heart. It focuses on techniques that allow the individual to be truly free from the grips of habitual ideas, thoughts and actions. Discover the true nature of freedom by experiencing and understanding what it means to be free. Uncover how freedom is lost and how it is regained in daily living. Study of Philosophy & Freedom:

- The truth shall make you free
- The Self is indeed below, above, behind...
- The creation is one big play...

Practical exercises include: Listening, Remembering, and Remaining Free.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Practical Philosophy (Part 1)



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Philosophy & Happiness (Part 2)

Though familiar to all, "happiness" can be somewhat of a mystery to many. This course presents a deep inquiry into the true nature of happiness. Topics covered in Philosophy & Happiness include:

- Serving others as a source of happiness

- Seeking happiness for oneself and others

- Finding the difference between pleasure and happiness

Prerequisite: Introduction to Practical Philosophy (Part 1)



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Philosophy & Love (Part 3)
Love is one of the most investigated topics in Western society, and yet we want to know more about it. This course builds on foundations established in the introductory course as it uncovers, answers to the question: Is love universal or limited? Using to process of self examination, topics cover are:
  • Pure love expressed through the creation
  • The nature of love in overcoming all limits
  • Gratitude

Participants reflect upon the unity of knowledge and love the true meaning of work - love made visible. Discussion illustrate open-heartedness and the connection between law and love.



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Philosophy Works! (Part 1)

Why am I here? Who am I? What is my role in this creation? How can I find meaning and satisfaction in life?  - these are the questions that the study of Philosophy enables us to address on a deeper level.

The Introductory course addresses the question of wisdom through considering the way that a wise person acts, speaks and lives. Over the course of 10 weeks, the study explores key attributes of people we consider wise. Topics covered in the Introduction to Practical Philosophy include:

- Wisdom Within

- Attending to the Present Moment

- The Three-fold Energy

- The Power of Beauty

- Unity in Diversity



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Plato: The Apology

Introduction to Practical Philosophy is the prerequisite for this course. No other background knowledge or familiarity with names and events mentioned are necessary. Details are revealed in the text. The statements Socrates makes are crystal clear.

The Apology offers an extraordinary portrait of Socrates - time and place are secondary - artfully painted by Plato. Socrates embodies the man who lives by the truth, speaks the truth, and who will not compromise even if it means losing his life. This is the speech of such a man.

The Apology is not challenging philosophically, but Socrates is challenging. Students will be challenged by him. Not by arguing with him, but by hearing clearly what he has to say and by examining their own lives.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Practical Philosophy (Part 1)



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The Way of Action (Part 6)

Meditation is introduced after Part 5. Students can pursue further studies in Practical Philosophy through coursework, meditation classes, retreats and volunteer service at the school. Exploring the following ideas:

- Discovering our own true nature
- Discovering oneself
- "Full Realization"

Principles:

- Aspects of action
- Starting actions from stillness
- Discipline in action

Practices:

- Stillness
- Observing the real intention of any action
- Discipline



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