Welcome to the School of Philosophy Kingston

for the study and practise of Philosophy & Meditation

Course Content

What is Practical Philosophy?

We put into practice the unified teachings of the wise from both East and West. Philosophy means (philo-sophia) the love of wisdom and it a practical discipline which has a bearing on every aspect of human life. It aims to enable students to come to know themselves better and thereby lead a happier and more fulfilling life.

What prompts people to enquire into philosophy? Some feel that there must be more to life and look for meaning, purpose or direction, others are simply curious to know more about what philosophers have said or done, and yet others may have profound questions like ‘Who am I? or ‘What am I?’ These are all good reasons for studying philosophy and through such an inquiry much can be discovered especially about our own self and our relationship to others and the universe.

It awakens the student to the innate wisdom, consciousness and bliss that is within each of us. All that is needed is an open mind and a spirit of enquiry. No prior knowledge is required. Students are asked neither to accept nor reject what is presented but to test it out in practice in their own experience.

Actively question and enquire; useful answers come from good questions.

Course Overview: Our Introductory course gives students insight into philosophy and the wisdom of living in the present. The following five terms explore themes such as happiness, love, presence and freedom. The School is inspired by the western philosophy of Plato and Eastern Advaita (non-dual) philosophy. It teaches that the one light of consciousness, or ultimate Reality, is in everybody and every particle of creation. The ultimate challenge of philosophy is to realise the truth about one's own Self - Who am I? This challenge was famously set by the ancient Greeks and inscribed above the entrance to the Temple of Apollo, home to the Oracle of Delphi - ‘Know Thyself’.

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New students will receive a blue booklet which explains the structure of our courses. You will be invited to our Foundation Group which will be studying one of the First Year 'Parts' - Part 1 (Wisdom), Part 2 (Happiness) or Part 3 (Love) and will cover all three Parts in the first year.

Each 'Part' stands on its own, so students can ENROL anytime in the cycle of three 'Parts'. After three terms students move on to the next group studying Parts 4-6. The introductory Parts are as follows:-

Foundation Group (Parts 1-3)

Part 1 - Practical Philosophy & Wisdom:

Part 2 - Practical Philosophy & Happiness

Part 3 - Practical Philosophy and Love

Presence / Meditation Group (Parts 4-6)

Part 4 - Practical Philosophy and Being Present

Part 5 - Practical Philosophy and Freedom

Part 6 - Practical Philosophy & Freedom in Action 

At this point students who decide to take up the practice of meditation move on to embrace deeper realms of Non-duality. This is where Practical Philosophy and Meditation can together become most transformative if that is what you are seeking.

The Practical Philosophy with Meditation Course Begins Here:

Part 7 - Emotional Freedom: This Part continues seamlessly on from Part 6 to the 'Philosophy with Meditation' Programme. This is for students who have decided to take up the life-enhancing practice of mantra-based meditation in Parts 4-6. This simple authentic method of meditation from the Advaita (Non-dual) tradition suits all our active and busy lifestyles. It provides a wonderful complimentary balance to the study of philosophy and from Part 7 onwards it goes hand-in-hand with the programme of Non-dual Philosophy. So the course offers growth in Knowledge and Being together in a balanced way.

After Part 7 we offer a continuous stream of support for your practice of philosophy and meditation for years to come. Ask your tutor or senior students for details.

(Other Options: Those who do not currently wish to, or are unable to, avail themselves of the opportunity to explore the deeper realms in the 'Practical Philosophy with Meditation' Programme (Part 7) would be offered the options below. These options could of course offer a growth in Knowledge but would not be expected to effect growth in Being as mentioned above:

1) Consolidate Parts 1-6 in the Foundation Group: You could study any of the Parts 1-6 you missed or, as many have done before, revisit them with a different group in Kingston which can be hugely beneficial; occasionally we introduce alternative Parts in the Foundation Group depending on the need.

2) Horizons Online groups in Kingston studying the Plato Dialogues or the Conversations with Sri Shantananda Saraswati and possibly Bhagavad Geeta. 

3) Horizons groups in Mandeville: Alternatively you could join the Horizons Programme which is offered at our Central London School in Mandeville Place W1 studying from a large selection of philosophical topics 'In Person' or online.* There is also the popular online Philosophy Cafe on Friday evenings which is open to everyone.)