Philosophy Works!

Part 1 – Philosophy Works!

Dates: 1/16/2020 to 3/28/2020

Th 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Sa 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: School of Philosophy (Toronto), Room 4

Instructor: Robert Douglas

Regular Student: $100.00

The most valuable 2 hours of your week!

This 10-week course offers participants a golden opportunity to explore timeless, yet deeply reflective questions in a beautiful space filled with like-minded people. The human mind and heart have been challenged since the beginning of time by such questions as: What is my purpose in this life? Why am I here? What is my relationship with this creation? Who am I? Those who engage in Practical Philosophy report that personal pursuit of the answers to these questions bring them peace, clarity and understanding.

The course brings together the wisdom of Western and Eastern philosophies, and it allows participants to uncover their own love of wisdom, self and all. A stillness exercise is practiced at each meeting and theoretical ideas are applied in real-world situations each week. Participants share their observations and insightful discoveries about themselves and the world around them.

There is no need to take notes, as handouts are distributed at the end of each class. There is no need to purchase additional books. Classes run for 2 hours with a short refreshment break at half time. At the break there is the opportunity to mingle and share, if one so desires.

Give yourself a treat and meet new people. Attend on the day of your choice. It will be the best investment that you will ever make in your own development.

I went to Canada Blooms and saw the beauty around me in a new light.  It was quiet and peaceful in this crowded room.  My feet did not grow tired and I was not thinking about time or what was ahead at the next landscaped venue.  This experience is another gift I have received since the class began.” Helen, re Philosophy Works!

Course Outline

Every session is accompanied by HANDOUTS.

Week 1: The Wisdom Within

  • Why study philosophy?
  • What is wisdom?
  • What would a wise person do?
  • Practice

Week 2: Know Thyself

  • Self-Knowledge
  • How do we proceed?
  • Practice

Week 3: Being Awake

  • Levels of Awareness
  • Waking Sleep
  • Practice

Week 4: Attending to the Present Moment

  • The four states of Attention
  • Pausing – a practical tool
  • Practice

Week 5: Living Justly

  • Plato on justice and injustice
  • The six tyrants
  • Living wisely
  • Practice

Week 6: The Three-fold Energy

  • The three-fold energy
  • Use & Misuse of energy
  • The transcendent Self
  • Practice

Week 7: The Light of Reason

  • What is reason?
  • How is reason to be used?
  • Practice

Week 8: The Power of Beauty

  • The Power of Beauty
  • Practice

Week 9: Unity in Diversity

  • Separation
  • Experiencing Unity

Week 10: The Desire for Truth

  • What the wise say
  • Review of the term
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