STUDY DAYS

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Study Days compliment the Practical Philosophy courses.

Every term the School provides the opportunity for students in Part 1 to 15 to meet for either a half day (parts 1 to 3)  or a full day (parts 4 to 15) on a weekend. These are held on a regular basis each term as an opportunity to engage in practical exercises, study sessions and small feedback groups.

SATTVA DAY

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This half-day workshop runs from 8:45am to 12:15pm and is for anyone currently enrolled in Mindful Wisdom or Fullness of Love or Sustainable Happiness. Morning tea is provided.

‘Sattva’ is one of the fundamental forces or energies running through everything. Sattva is the force which illuminates things and lights them up. It conducts consciousness. In the light of sattva knowledge shines.

 

  • To learn how energy works, how it changes and how it’s balanced;
  • To practice conscious awareness in action;
  • To find the natural rhythm in activities;
  • To discover what it’s like to go with the flow

 

Each of the three days explores sattva in different ways. There are different materials but the program remains the same on each of the three days: an introductory presentation, practical exercises and small-group feedback and study sessions. The exercises are always illuminating and the material presented for study is always inspiring.

MINDFUL LIVING DAY

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WHO IT’S FOR

The day is for students who have been attending the School for more than four terms.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Learn how energy works, how it changes and how it’s balanced;
  • Practice conscious awareness in action;
  • Find the natural rhythm in activities;
  • Exercises in extended awareness
  • Structured exercises in mindful dialogue
  • Work together in carefully prepared forums for conscious action
  • Gain access to the great philosophies of East and West canons

This cost of the day is included in your course fees. Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided.

MINDFUL LIVING PROGRAM

The full-day Mindful Living workshop provides an opportunity to mix with other members of the School working together on mindful practices leading to transformative new ways of speaking, thinking and working.

People who have attended these days speak highly of the transformative power that’s available when a group of like-minded people come together to work for freedom. The main idea is to broaden our horizons, take some time to wonder about things that really matter, and leave with practical skills to live more fully.

Day 1PHILOSOPHY AS A WAY OF LIFE

  • Dialogue and Dialectic – rules of engagement
  • Plato’s Seventh Letter
  • Single-pointed attention

Day 2SELF-MASTERY

  • Coming together to discover the truth – dialogue (Plato’s Republic)
  • Mindfulness in the West
  • Attention and attitude
  • Bringing the subtle body together with the physical body (Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī)

Day 3LOVE & DISCIPLINE

  • Dialectic Booklets
  • Analogy of the potter (Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī)
  • Aim of the School – Two lines of work | Three Ways
  • The main feature of the discipline: the application of attention

Days 4 & 5FLOW

  • Neuroscience and state of flow
  • Attention and the attributes of state of flow – Ficino Vol 1, Letter 5 | Chaung Tzu
  • Leon MacLaren on the right use of mind in study  – Boethius & Epictetus | Tao te Ching
  • Gibran’s The Prophet

Day 6BALANCE

  • Balance and Harmony / Balance and Bhāvanā
  • Throeau – ‘Where I Lived and What I Lived For’
  • Service in the School (MacLaren Lectures, Volume 5, p. 126-127)

Days 7 & 8EQUANIMITY

  • Meditation care and guidance
  • Geeta Chapter 2
  • Conscious Presence and the Rules of Action
  • Various passages on equanimity

Day 9 –  THE ART OF CARE

  • The Open Door of the Heart
  • Meet people where they are: here & now
  • Meet situations in the peace of the Self
  • Approach activity with an enterprising attitude, without going off on a folly
  • Connect in ever-fresh ways with the needs of each event

Day 10 –  Creativity

  • Connecting individual and universal
  • Creative force
  • Creative force in nature
  • Artistic creativity
  • Creative force of the individual – Self Reliance | Sculpting the inner self
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Plotinus
  • Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī

Day 11 –  Relationships

  • Yoga
  • Pātañjali’s Sutras
  • Fix the mind on one object to eliminate disturbances
  • Calibrating the mind & heart
  • Yoga of Relationships – Friendliness | Compassion | Sympathetic joy | Equanimity
  • Near and Far enemies of 4 core attitudes

“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a
wandering attention over and over again is the
very root of judgment, character, and will.”
William James, Principles of Psychology, 1890

Becoming a student at the School of Practical Philosophy offers rich experience not only in knowledge but atmosphere as well.

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