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: April 15 to June 17, 2021 and April 17 to June 19, 2021
Thursdays 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM EST or
Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
Duration: 10 Weeks
Location: Online Zoom Conference
Instructor: Bill Wolodarsky (Th) & Ouma Cuniah (Sa)
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.
Everyone longs to be free of something. But as a practical philosopher, you’ll be interested in the meaning of true freedom. Plato has a great deal to say about this, but how does it apply to your life today? This is what Philosophy & Freedom explores. We’ll ask ourselves, what do we understand by the word “freedom”?
Just as one prepares the soil for planting seeds, one needs to prepare the mind and body for meditation. This course opens up the study of Advaita Philosophy, its origins, and its teachers and it gently cultivates mind and body for spiritual growth. Participants learn how to navigate spirituality by way of daily life in a busy world.