Philosophy for the Everyday Idealist / Change Maker
This is a presentation to our 13-week Introductory Course.
Our 13 workshops explore the essential teachings on human nature, life, society, etc. based on the profound wisdom of the philosophies of the East and the West. They are a source of inspiration when we look at the great questions asked by human beings, as well as the personal and collective challenges of today.
The 13 workshops are based on three fundamental themes to help us situate ourselves in life:
The first theme is on the human being as a human being (who am I?).
The second theme is on the relationships between human beings and living well together.
The third theme focuses on the trajectory of the individual and human groups in history (where do we come from and where are we going?).
THEME I: The Human Being in the Face of Oneself
The Enigma of Life
- The Human Being in the face of the questions of life.
- Harmony between the mind and the heart.
- The foundations of a universal ethics. The concepts of ethics and morality.
- Observing the order and harmony of the universe. Evolution.
- The planes and dimensions of the universe.
- The Bhagavad Gita: the awakening of consciousness and the inner battle.
- The human being in the face of destiny: concepts of Dharma and Karma.
- The human being in the face of death: the theory of reincarnation.
- The life and teachings of the Buddha. The Dhammapada.
- The human being in the face of suffering and pain.
- Mental serenity and inner peace.
- The projection of our thoughts in the invisible world. The power of optimistic thinking.
The Wisdom of Tibet
- Ancient Tibetan texts: “The Voice of the Silence,” “The Book of Golden Precepts”.
- Traditions of the Masters of Wisdom.
- The discipular systems of Antiquity and their role in the development of human qualities.
THEME II: The Social Dimension of Human Beings
- Confucius, his life and thought.
- Ethics and politics, ethics as the foundation of social order.
- The qualities of good government and the pillars of lasting peace.
- Initiatic mysteries in the ethical realization of the individual.
- Science, Art and Magic in Egypt.
- Texts and teachings of the first dynasties.
- The Platonic ideal of the human being and the world: the Just, the Good, the Beautiful, and the True.
- The Platonic conception of the individual.
- Education and integral training of the Human Being.
- The symbolism of the Myth of the Cave. Freedom and knowledge.
- Morality as the foundation of social law and political duty.
Rome and the Citizens of the World
- Stoic philosophy: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca.
- Courage and strength in the face of adversity.
- Power over oneself: Will, Love, Intelligence.
- Inner freedom and the art of making decisions.
THEME III: The Human Being in the Face of History
- The philosophy and logic of history.
- The meaning of history and mythology.
- The theory of the eternal return and historical cycles.
- Humanity in the face of destiny: determinism or freedom?
- The current crisis and our future in new civilizing forms.
Throughout the course, there will be exercises useful in developing our natural faculties such as attention, concentration, memory, imagination, the control of emotional processes, etc., drawn from the traditions and themes covered.
Length and scheduling of the workshops:
This course consists of 13 two-hour workshops, held weekly on each Wednesday from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, starting on Wednesday, November 22.
To reserve for this presentation to this 13-week course, please follow the instructions at http://toronto.newacropolis.ca/philo.
(Please note that out of respect for those in attendance, doors close at 7:40 p.m.)