Wed 19th, Wed 26th September and Wed 3rd 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 20th September at 7pm
What is Karma?Understanding Essential Concepts of Eastern Philosophy
The theory of Karma is a fundamental teaching encountered in all Eastern religions and philosophies. However, nowadays the word has entered mainstream vocabulary where it is often used in a casual way with a fatalistic ring. But what does Karma really mean and what are its philosophical and practical implications? This talk will shed light on the deeper meaning of the term and will explore related concepts such as Dharma, free will and reincarnation.
Thu 27th September, Wed 10th and Mon 29th 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. And yet, most of us have little knowledge of philosophy. We have never had the chance to learn about the vast heritage of ideas that have sustained, inspired and guided humanity throughout history.
This 16-week course will introduce you to the major systems of thought of East and West. They are arranged under three subject headings: Ethics, Sociopolitics and Philosophy of History.
Course ContentUnderstanding yourself
Introduction to Ethics. Major concepts of the philosophies of India, Tibet, Ancient Egypt and Neoplatonism
Living together in harmony with others
Introduction to Sociopolitics
Major concepts of the philosophies of Confucius, Plato and the Stoics
Being part of something greater
Introduction to Philosophy of History
Microcosm and Macrocosm
The cosmovision of traditional societies
First introductory evening FREE. Price for the whole course £190 (£130 concessions), handouts included.
Mon 8th, Mon 15th and Mon 22nd 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 Monday evenings, starting on 8th October) 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
Tue 23rd October at 7pm
The Spirit of Rome and its Sacred Foundations
Many of us will be familiar in some way with the legacy of Rome and the Roman Empire: from great feats of engineering and military conquests to its political structures and arts. However, all of these represent only the materialistic attributes of the civilisation. The aim of this talk is to show that the greatness that was Rome rested in many ways on esoteric and sacred-magical foundations. We will explore the notion that it was these foundations which enabled the spirit of a true civilisation to come into being.
Thu 15th November at 7pm
Celebrating the Centenary of the End of WWICan we find wisdom in the study of history?
The 11th of November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I - one of the most terrible wars in the history of Europe and supposedly the “war to end all wars”. We will mark this important event in combination with World Philosophy Day by exploring in context the end of the ‘Great War’ and the link between history and philosophy. Cicero’s dictum “History as life’s teacher” conveys the idea that the study of the past should serve as a lesson for the future. However, history also shows that humanity often seems to fail to learn lessons from the past.
What is the most useful way to reflect on historical events? If we define philosophy as the search for wisdom and apply philosophical enquiry to the field of history, can we discern some wisdom from its study?
This evening will consist of various short presentations by different speakers on the subjects of WWI and the philosophy of history. There will be buffet-style refreshments provided both during the break and after the event with time for philosophical conversation.
Please see our website closer to the date for more details.