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FAQs


How is the course run?
The group tutor presents material, and leads the discussion that follows.

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.


Do I need any previous qualifications?
No. The course is intended for everyone, regardless of education, occupation, race, political leanings or religious belief.

What does ‘practical philosophy’ mean?

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.

What do I need to bring with me?
Just an open and enquiring mind, and an interest in the subject matter. All students receive a hand-out with key points and any quotations used via email following each weekly session.

Does the course cover Mindfulness?
Yes. Throughout the course, great emphasis is placed on the importance of practicing being in the present moment. Exercises are provided to encourage this connection. These increase the value of each weekly session. More generally, they deepen and enrich awareness of the vibrancy of the world around us in our daily lives.

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Does the course cover Meditation?
Meditation is central to practical philosophy because it allows us to directly connect with the stillness that pervades behind our physical, mental and emotional natures. However, the practice of mantra meditation does not form a part of the Foundation Level course where the emphasis is on raising Awareness and Mindfulness practices. Students are invited to take up the practice of Meditation in their second year.

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Who are the course tutors?
Our tutors have all been studying in the School and practicing philosophy for many years.  All have considerable experience of applying the lessons of philosophy to their everyday lives. They come from all walks of life and many different professions, but all share the same love of passing on knowledge in order that people can get the most out of their lives.  No one is paid.

Will I get a certificate or qualification?
This is not an academic course. There are no exams or certificates. The course brings its own rewards in abundance.

Are there any trial sessions?
Yes, we offer a free Introductory Evening every term one week prior to the start of the course. This is intended to help those thinking about joining to get a clear understanding of what the course offers.

Is the course ‘religious’?
The course is not religious, but it does address the spirit in humanity which is at the heart of all the world’s great religions. It is designed to be suitable for people of all faiths – and also for those who follow no particular faith.

Does the School offer further studies in practical philosophy after the Foundation Level courses?
Yes there are further courses available following the completion of the Foundation Level.

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.

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What is ‘Advaita’ Philosophy?
Advaita is a Sanskrit word literally meaning “not two”.

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.

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