Philosophy Courses

Fall Term

Philosophy Works!

This is a course in practical philosophy that can be used in everyday life.  It is not a solely academic course. This introductory course concentrates on the nature of wisdom and how it may be possible to live wisely. It is part of a foundation course of philosophy which will also cover “Happiness” and “Love”. These three, Wisdom, Happiness and Love, are central to human life and are thus important subjects for philosophic inquiry. 

A mindfulness exercise is introduced.  The class is interactive and the spirit of inquiry and discussion frame the culture and tone of the group.

Dates: September 17 to November 21, 2020

Choose either:

Thursdays 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM or

Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Duration: 10 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Bill Wolodarsky (Th) & TBD (Sa)

Regular Fee: $100.00

Covid Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: None

Philosophy & Happiness

This course focuses on the nature of true happiness – an essential aspect of human nature.  Following on the consideration of the nature of wisdom in “Philosophy Works”, this course enlightens the ways in which one might play their part in the world with ease and enjoyment.  The mindful exercise continues, and personal experience and insights add flavour to the discussion of this natural phenomenon.

Topics covered include the connection of Happiness with Unity, Service, The Present Moment, Pleasure, Platonic Goods, Contentment, Patanjali and Wisdom.

Dates: September 19 to November 21, 2020

Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Duration: 10 weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Bob Douglas

Regular Fee: $100.00

Covid Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!

 

Philosophy & Presence of Mind

This course considers what the present really is and what it contains.  Inquiry will delve into the nature of the mind and its powers and capabilities.   Building on lessons learnt about wisdom and happiness, uses individual experience to explore what it means to be present and how to extract something valuable from adverse situations.  The analogy of Plato’s cave will frame discussions about the power of thought, the power of decision and the power of will and the power of love.

The goal of the study is to allow participants to experience themselves more fully.  With this comes a fuller and richer life fuelled by spiritual growth.

Dates: September 16 to November 18, 2020

Wednesdays 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Duration: 10 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Kevin Hurley

Regular Fee: $100.00

Covid Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!

 

Meditation Preparation

This term’s course of study introduces students to a peaceful, healing, cleansing exercise that prepares the being to receive the mediation as given by Shantananda Saraswati.  

The elements of measured living are explored in light of the teachings of Advaita.  The measure of the meditation is tried and tested.  When one first receives the mantra, one is asked to meditate for about 15 minutes twice daily.  Within a relatively short period of time, this is increased to 20 minutes, and ultimately the full measure is half an hour, twice a day.

This class prepares participants to embark on this type of exercise by providing peace and rest and increasing sattva in the being.

Dates: September 19 to November 28, 2020

Saturdays 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Duration: 11 weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Carolyn Cohen

Regular Fee: $180.00

Covid Fee: $90.00

Prerequisite: Registration for Meditation

Harmony

This term we study universal harmony and in particular the law of seven as the law of harmonious action. 

This law describes how the most mundane of events take place as well as how the most profound activities that human beings can undertake proceed. It is closely related to the idea of harmony, not just as it appears in music but also in the idea of universal harmony and harmony between human beings. 

Dates: September 19 to November 28, 2020

Saturdays 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Duration: 11 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Harvey Levkoe

Regular Fee: $180.00

Covid Fee: $90.00

Prerequisite: Meditation

The Ten-Fold Dharma

In 1999 Sri Vasudevananda Sarasvati gave information about the ten-fold dharma.  Dharma is for prosperity and freedom and the qualities discussed in the material are applicable to all human beings.

It is hope that by the end of this course students will have a greater understanding of the nature of dharma in general as well as each particular aspect that is given. 

Dates: September 17 to November 26, 2020

Thursdays 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Duration: 11 weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Margaret Raines

Regular Fee:$180.00

Covid Fee: $90.00

Prerequisite: Meditation

Cintana

The essential purpose of this group is the realization of the Self.  All the study, discussion, practice, meditation etc. is only with this in view.  This realization should not be regarded as a remote or theoretical matter but as immediate and practical.

As the ignorance is dissolved the presence of the Self, together with its qualities, becomes obvious.  Each day provides an opportunity for practice and for this realization to occur, and is thus best regarded in this way.

Dates: September 16 to November 25, 2020

Wednesdays 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Duration: 11 weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Allison D. Thorpe

Regular Fee: $180.00

Covid Fee: $90.00

Prerequisite: M Level