When any kind of work is undertaken in the spirit of love for the benefit of all, relinquishing any personal agenda, it is called Service. The School is truly an organization founded on the idea of Service. With no paid employees, the School of Practical Philosophy relies on students to undertake all operational activities, including maintaining the building, serving refreshments, teaching classes and all administrative efforts.
Once students have been introduced to the meditation practice, they are invited to participate on volunteer Service teams that support the daily operations at the School. While Service fulfills the practical needs of running the School, the philosophic benefits of serving are of even greater value to the students. The aim of Service at the School is to bring the principles presented in the classroom to life in a practical way. Under the guidance of a senior student, those serving learn how to work with refined attention in the present moment; to experience unity with other students in the school; and to work for the welfare of all, free from any limitations or preconceptions about the task at hand.
When approached with the right spirit, these practical experiments with philosophy serve as a gateway to the happiness and freedom that can be availed of in daily living. This mindful, attentive work is essential to the process of self-discovery and Service becomes an integral part of the Philosophy program.
“The most valuable part of the service is being in the company of those who share a love of truth and who are working to overcome ideas of limits.”
“Service gets the attention off of me. I always feel refreshed after service. It’s a weekly shot in the arm.”
“Service made what was discussed in class click. It continually reminds me of why I am in this School.”
“I really enjoy the physical part of service — for example, the practice of watching your hands at work. I have found service to be a bridge between the study material and my actual life.”