Weekly Course in
PHILOSOPHIES OF EAST & WEST
Dates for next foundation course to be confirmed.

Please register your interest below and we will keep you updated.

Philosophy is a way of living. This course takes inspiration from the great philosophical teachings of East and West and focuses on knowing yourself and understanding the world around you. We can awaken the best in ourselves through the practical application of the wisdom we discover from these teachings. We aspire to develop values and qualities such as generosity, compassion, patience and courage. We learn to develop inner strength with which we can confidently face the many challenges of an ever-changing world.

As human beings one of our biggest challenges is learning how to live together. Therefore we also explore what it means to be a philosopher citizen, discovering that we can have a positive impact on the world around us by assuming our responsibility. Through group dialogue and voluntary actions we discover that everyone is capable of contributing to the collectivity, capable of improving relationships with others and capable of living in harmony with the Laws of Nature.

The class topics are based around ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of history. Practical exercises are integrated into the weekly classes. The aim is to develop philosophical attitudes and behaviour by harmonising our actions with our thoughts and feelings. Wisdom is knowledge that transforms, giving us the opportunity to improve ourselves and the world.

Explore, discover, become!

Key Themes of the Course

SELF-KNOWLEDGE

Know and understand yourself better through asking what is really important to me?
What does it mean to be a human being?
Do I have a soul?

LIVING TOGETHER

Man and co-existence: are justice, tolerance and freedom possible today? What is freedom?
The art of building civilizations; from friendship and family, to the city, the country and all humankind.

ACTIVE LIVING

Karma, reincarnation and the power of decision-making.
Actively shaping your own life while learning to think and act for yourself.

CRISIS

How can I, and we together, overcome crises?
Are we influenced by the cycles of time ?

HAPPINESS

How can we attain happiness?
Mindfulness and conscious living.
The origin of suffering and finding the middle way.

EXERCISES

Practical exercises: managing our emotions, improving concentration and exploring the imagination.
Harmonising our thinking with our feelings and actions.

WHO AM I? THE ENIGMA OF LIFE

The seven principles of the human being and the universe
Know and master yourself progressively
How can we activate the best in us?

THE WISDOM OF ANCIENT INDIA – Ethics of Decision making

Learning to be decisive, to affirm our place in the world and act in a just manner
The Bhagavad-Gita – the awakening of consciousness and the inner struggle
The laws of life – dharma, karma and reincarnation
Yoga and the art of intelligent and just action

TEACHINGS FROM TIBET – THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE

The stages of inner development
Training the mind to face the challenges of life

BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY

Activating the best in ourselves
The 4 Noble Truths explore the nature of suffering and how we might overcome it
Going from illusion and suffering to a liberating freedom
Learning about detachment and the middle way

EGYPT – The Land of Mysteries

Life and morality in ancient Egypt
Understanding the enigma of life through development of individual ethics

GREECE AND THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS

Plato: The Myth of the Cave and the path to wisdom
Conquering our fears and being in the present
The political individual – prudence, courage, justice, moderation
The happiness of the soul guided by virtue

THE NEOPLATONIC SCHOOL

The nature of the soul and the universe
The path of mysticism

OUR CONNECTION WITH OTHERS AND THE WORLD

A philosophical approach to living in society
Being a better citizen contributing to a better world founded on values, morality and fraternity

RECOGNISING THE LAWS OF NATURE IN THE MANIFESTED WORLD

The role of memory and imagination in becoming
The importance of history and mythology, ritual and initiation
Stability and change, cycles and evolution
The common destiny of humanity

PRACTICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Exercises to explore the body, emotions and mind – concentration, attention, consciousness
Developing philosophical attitudes by learning to align thought, feeling and action

PHILOSOPHICAL DINNER

Being open in our thinking
Learning to better listen to others and extract the essential from what they are saying
Learning how to develop our logic and how to question
Developing our ability to enter into a dialogue

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD AND LAWS OF NATURE

The driving forces of history: the moral causes of our crisis, materialism and a society of consumption
Stability and change: myths and the founding values of civilization
To build a lasting future; understanding cycles of history and embracing changes
To be a protagonist of history, perspectives of cultural renaissance

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

They love it! Read what the previous attendees had to say!

The course was great! I learned that Philosophy isn’t only theoretical but can be used in day-to-day life. It was very interesting to see that so many different cultures have thought about the same questions we have today.

Monika

I didn’t know a whole lot about philosophy before the course but the way each subject was presented made it really accessible. I was amazed at how much the different topics resonated with me and group participation meant it was so much more than just another boring lecture. Fantastic stuff.

Aidan

Being part of New Acropolis has given me a new perspective on living. Rather than seeing life’s challenges as something to be avoided where possible, I see them as an opportunity to learn and develop as a person. This has completely changed my outlook and really helped me to embrace day to day life.

Jennifer

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW

Start dates: To be confirmed

Duration: 16 classes (once a week)

Fee: €160/€120 concession (under 26, students, unemployed, seniors)

 

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ADDRESS

43 Lower Rathmines Road
Dublin 6

Monday to Thursday: 6.30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 1pm

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CONTACT

info@acropolis.ie

+353 (1) 496 8310

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