Special Courses

Winter Term

Mindful Practices

In 1953 Krishnamurti is noted as saying “Conventional education makes independent thinking extremely difficult.”  But the freedom to think independently and approach life fresh each day is a privilege that eludes many.  If you commit to a single mindful exercise every day you will experience a different sense of being. Taking one day at a time, one moment at a time, step into our Mindful Meeting Place every Wednesday and feel the difference.

Just as one prepares the soil for planting seeds, one needs to prepare the mind and body for meditation.  This course does just that.  Mind and body are gently cultivated for spiritual growth and development, regardless of where you are on your journey.  Join the group every Wednesday and experience the renewal.

Dates: Starting on January 18, 2023

Wednesdays 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM EST

Duration: 10 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Erika Caspersen

Fee: Free

Decoding the Bhagavad Gita for the Householder

The Bhagavad Gita has been a source of inspiration and guidance for many over the centuries.  This compilation of ancient wisdom has brought truth seekers of various denominations together as they explore and practice the lessons taught by Lord Krishna as a consequence of Arjuna’s questions.

This term we will read the text out loud, all the way through, starting at First Discourse Verse One ending at Eighteenth Discourse Verse Seventy Eight.

You are encouraged to bring your copy of the text to class (with commentary of Sri Sankaracharya, Translated from the original Sanskrit into English By Alladi Mahadeva Sastry, Samata Books)

A PDF version will be provided as well as a Zoom link to the course upon registration.

Dates: 26 January, 2023 till 30 March, 2023

Thursdays 5:00 Pm – 6:00 PM EST

Duration: 10 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Prerequisite: Meditating Students Welcome

Instructor: Allison Thorpe

Special Fee: $25

Introduction to Sanskrit

This course is addressed to all existing students of the School of Philosophy and is intended to those who have a desire to learn the Sanskrit alphabet, how to read and write the Devanagari script and basic grammar and vocabulary. At the end of the course, you will have mastered the Sanskrit alphabet, be able to translate simple sentences from Sanskrit to English and learn the proper sounding of an Upaniṣad mantra.

Dates: January 10 to March 14, 2023

Tuesdays 7 pm to 8 pm EST

Tutor: Ouma Cuniah

Duration: 10 weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Fee: Free

Prerequisite: Already enrolled in a course at the School of Philosophy