Wed 21st August at 7pm
The Cosmovision of Shamanism
- Istvan Orban
Shamanism is an ancient and almost universal tradition among societies that live close to nature, and many seekers in the Western world feel that there is a lot that can be learnt from this natural form of practical wisdom.
Using Mircea Eliade's seminal work on Shamanism as a starting point, this talk will look at the universal aspects of this inner path, such as the concepts of initiation, death and rebirth, and renewal of the individual and society through deep inner transformation.
Wed 11th September at 7pm
Aldous Huxley and the Perennial Philosophy
- Jules Evans
'Truth is one', say the Upanishads, 'though the wise call it by many names'.The Perennial Philosophy is the idea that all religions offer paths up the same divine mountain, which arrive at the same core mystical experience. This talk will explore the history of this idea, and how it was made famous by Aldous Huxley. It will show how Huxley's work helped to inspire the counter-culture and the field of transpersonal psychology, and how it continues to inspire the psychedelic renaissance and the booming 'spiritual but not religious' demographic. We will also consider possible criticisms of the Perennial Philosophy. Jules Evans is a writer and broadcaster, and author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012) and The Art of Losing Control (2017). His most recent book is Holiday from the Self: An Accidental Ayahuasca Adventure.
Tue 17th, Tue 24th September and Tue 1st October at 7pm
Mind: Best Friend or Worst Enemy?
Our mind has a much bigger impact on our life than we usually realize. Knowing how our mind works allows us to take responsibility for our lives and to become creators rather than remain victims.
This short course (3 consecutive Tuesday evenings, starting on 17th September) will explore the mind and mind-related topics such as consciousness, imagination, creativity and meditation. It will also look at collective mindsets and paradigm shifts throughout history. Each evening is led by a different speaker and will consist of both theory and practical exercises.
Topics of the 3 evenings
Wed 25th September, Tue 8th and Mon 28th October at 7pm
Discover PhilosophyPhilosophies of East and West
Philosophy means love of wisdom (philo-sophia) and is an active attitude of awareness towards life. In this sense, we are all born philosophers, with an innate need to ask questions and with the intuition that there are answers to be found. Every civilization has passed on to us its experience and understanding of life.However, most of us have had little opportunity to learn about the vast heritage of ideas that have inspired and guided humanity throughout history.
This 16-week course will introduce you to the major concepts of Eastern and Western Philosophy and explore their relevance and practical application for our lives.
Ethics: Understanding yourself
Ethics enquires about moral principles and the impact of individuals on their environment. But it is also related to happiness, as it helps us to find the right 'inner attitude' to deal with different life situations in ways that are beneficial to ourselves and to others.
Sociopolitics: Living together in harmony with others
Sociopolitics looks at relationships in society, both between individuals and between the individual and the group. It is concerned with finding principles by which we can create harmonious communities where everyone can flourish.
Philosophy of History: Being part of something greater
We are all products of history and at the same time we all contribute to making history. Philosophy of History seeks wisdom in the study of the past and how to apply the lessons of history to the present.
Philosophy for Living: Practical Application
What is the value of thinking without action? Action is the real measure of what we are, theory and practice inform each other. Each course evening will explore the practical relevance of philosophy and its potential to transform ourselves and society.
First introductory evening FREE. Price for the whole course £190 (£130 concessions), handouts included.
Thu 10th, Thu 17th and Thu 24th October at 7pm
The Language of Symbols
Symbols are a language we can all recognise but few of us can read. Over thousands of years, symbols have been used to express the ineffable and to create a bridge between the invisible and visible dimension. Learning to understand them better will help to develop our imagination, which is one of our most important and powerful faculties. Symbols have the power to re-connect us with a world full of meaning.
This 3-week course (1 evening per week) will introduce you to symbology - the study of symbols. The course will explore some of the most important symbols of different cultures and reveal deeper layers of meaning in art and architecture.
Topics of the 3 evenings
Thu 21st November at 7pm
Celebrating World Philosophy Day:Philosophers of the British Isles
This year, New Acropolis in London has decided to dedicate World Philosophy Day to an eclectic selection of British and Irish Philosophers. How have these philosophers, from a range of different eras, contributed to the growth and development of culture in Britain and Europe? And can their contributions still help us navigate our lives today?The evening will consist of various short presentations - please see our website closer to the date for more details. There will be buffet-style refreshments provided both during the break and after the event with time for philosophical conversation.
Thu 28th November, Thu 5th and Thu 12th December at 7pm
Discover Classical Music
- Sabine Leitner
This short course is aimed at people who would like to expand their understanding and appreciation of classical music and discover more of the beauty that has enchanted generations of listeners. We will listen to selected pieces (on CD) and each evening will be dedicated to a particular epoch, starting with Baroque, followed by Classical and finally Romantic music. The evenings will also give an overview of the historical times and the ideas that inspired each of these movements, as well as some information on the composers. By the end of this short course, you will hopefully feel that you have gained in general knowledge and developed your inner senses to connect with music in a deeper way.The presenter, Sabine Leitner, studied music at the universities of Graz and Vienna and ran her own music school in Vienna for several years.. She has lived in London since 1996, where she is Chair of the New Acropolis School of Philosophy, and Director of the International Tristan Institute of Music and Arts.