Being practical rather than academic, the emphasis is on understanding gained through personal experience. You are encouraged neither to accept nor reject the ideas put forward, but to test them in practice and base judgement in the light of your own experience.
In this way, for those who wish, the whole week between classes can be used as an opportunity to put into practice what was discussed in group. Often the most vivid and valuable part of the group meetings is sharing what has been found in practice.
Practical philosophy is the art of living consciously. The course is designed to be of direct use in our everyday life. The intention is to stimulate enquiry and through this expand the way we look at the world and ourselves, bringing freedom from anxieties and increasing self- confidence, enthusiasm and efficiency in all aspects of life.
Some people find that the Foundation Level, which is intended to be of real value in its own right, satisfies their interest. Others want to continue their studies and penetrate deeper into the great questions of life while at the same time refining their own practices in the good company the School provides. This can last for a few terms or for many years. However long or short a time you study in the School, the intention of the school is that all who come will find something of true and lasting value.
Advaita philosophy is a clear and systematic expression of the common thread that runs through the heart of the world’s great Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.
Its message is intended for the whole of humanity regardless of religion, race, education, gender or status. Most importantly its philosophy can be practiced while carrying on with our normal daily life in all the circumstances we find ourselves.
A true appreciation of Advaita allows life to be led more fully and richly, giving greater freedom and happiness to the individual and to those around them. It is designed to bring out the best in everyone, whatever part they are playing in the world.