“I knew there was something deeper to life than the rat race …”
In many respects our students are most diverse. But what they have in common is far more important — a strong desire to more fully realize their human potential. That being the case, they tend to: be interested in the really big questions like “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?”; suspect that lasting happiness is not to be found in pursuing short-term pleasures and material gains; and show a willingness to examine their thoughts, feelings and actions in order to foster personal growth.
FELLOW PHILOSOPHY STUDENTS
THE CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE
WHAT ARE CLASSES LIKE?
“An environment where you feel comfortable relating experiences, discussing issues.”
Classes are open, exploratory, interactive and enlivening, with students often speaking more than the tutor. Everyone is asked to listen attentively and speak truthfully as time tested practical principles of East and West are offered as tools for self-discovery and development. Importantly, students are encouraged to neither accept nor reject the exercises and ideas presented, but rather to apply them in daily living, so as to determine their usefulness through experience.
HOW DO STUDENTS BENEFIT?
“I got the ability to turn off the chatter in my head, to be present, calm and receptive.”
Students have realized numerous benefits from classes at the School of Practical Philosophy. Many have discovered that they more fully experience their potential for greater peace, freedom and happiness; students have found an increased capacity to harness their powers of attention, to be present, to find calm amidst the storms of life; and, as awareness grows of the underlying unity of all, students experienced an opening of the heart, which reduces selfishness and loneliness, and allows love to flow, enhancing relationships.