This is an impactful introduction to Practical Philosophy. The practical piece starts with the first class, The Wisdom Within. As the title suggests, you begin to uncover the knowledge you already possess. You will also be introduced to an ancient meditative exercise which has relevance today. The class energy is fuelled by authentic discussions of everyday experiences, which lead to increased awareness of self and the world around you. You leave each class with feelings of lightness and freshness!
Over the course of the 10 weeks, you begin to master strategies that lead to freedom from stress, increased self confidence, and a sense of quiet well-being and contentment. This type of self-care ultimately results in reduced self criticism and gentler interactions with others. You deserve this!
In-person at 29, Madison: Saturdays, January 20 – March 30 from 11 to 1 pm
Having investigated wisdom that resides in each one of us, this course explores the nature of true happiness. We all know what it is to be happy, but what makes it so elusive sometimes?
This term, we will explore and investigate the true nature of happiness, how it can be fully experienced and how it is lost, as well as the effect of gaining happiness at the expense of another person’s happiness. As we work through this exciting topic, we will encounter ideas that challenge whether or not happiness is natural and whether it is permanent or transient.
We shall investigate “The Platonic Goods” that lead to happiness and the interpretation of these by Marsilio Ficino. Lao Tzu’s ideas on finding one’s inner equilibrium and Patanjali’s thoughts on contentment and the connection between happiness, work, and wisdom will keep us engaged for the duration of the course.
Dates: Saturdays, January 20 – March 30
In-person at 29, Madison Ave: Saturdays, January 20 – March 30
Tutor: Harvey Levkoe
Online via Zoom: Wednesdays, January 17 – March 27
The way of action refers to finding freedom while one is engaged in daily activities. It is about doing things while being free to be one’s self, being free to be happy, being free to be content. The mind and the heart are participants in all activities, and the roles that they play are often overlooked – that is where bondage takes place these days. This course of study explores finding freedom while one goes about living in today’s world. That means freedom from emotional, psychological and mental pressure. It also means freedom from such pressures as the expectations of others, lack of money or time, as well as many other constraints.
Dates: Saturdays, January 20 – March 30 at 29 Madison Ave, Toronto