Welcome to the School of Philosophy Kingston

for the study and practise of Philosophy & Meditation


The Awareness Exercise

From the first session of the introductory course, we aim to support a more conscious way of living. With the help of a simple awareness exercise our students gradually become more connected with the present moment. In time, for many students, this naturally leads on to the practice of meditation in terms 4-6 or before if requested.


We recommend this practice to all our students and the aim of meditation is to connect with deeper realms of being within oneself.  Mantra-meditation makes it possible to transcend the mind and find rest, to recharge oneself and meet life with greater energy and happiness. This practice is not a quick fix.  Slowly but steadily it works to transform life. Students say:

 “Through meditation I feel a connection to the wider universe around ‘me’ and more and more begin to experience an inner peace which I can keep returning to regardless of the tumult in my own head and in the world around me.”                                                                      University administrator

 “Meditation is the single most useful thing I ever came across.  Over time its practice has helped me to see the movements of my mind more clearly, free from my ideas about them.  In my experience it eliminates fear and produces freedom to act more naturally.”                                                                                                                                                                             Design engineer

"Meditation puts you in touch with yourself. All the surface things, all the trivialities of life, tend to take you away from yourself. But in meditation you leave these things alone as best you can and come back to yourself. It is like a thread which is always constant although everything else changes."                                                                                                                                    Civil Engineer.

"Meditation brings us to the bedrock of our being, a place of lightness, confidence and peace."                                                                                                                            Drama Therapist.

Through our connection with the source of the Non-dual Advaita teaching in northern India, students in the School have had this life-enhancing practice for over 60 years. Throughout this time, we have benefitted hugely from the wisdom of Shri Shantananda Saraswati, a renowned exponent of non-dual philosophy and meditation who said:

“The system of meditation is not religious.  It is designed for the human spirit which is not bound to any religion.”                                                             Shri Shantananda Saraswati

"Through the ages a number of systems have been given. Some are hard compared with others, some are long in relation to time. The system of meditation which has been given to us is the culmination of all simplicity by which the evolution of mankind is most easy.”
                                                                                                   Sri Shantananda Saraswati

“By going into meditation, one recharges oneself with finer energy and comes out with extra energy imbued with consciousness and bliss.”                Sri Shantananda Saraswati

The meditation is introduced in accordance with the timeless Advaita tradition. Students are asked to make a donation to The School of Meditation, and these donations enable it to continue to make the practice available as it has done for the last 60 years. The advised donation is presently £150. This could be less in cases of hardship or of course more if desired.  The intention is that the donation be generous, according to people’s circumstances. 

Students are introduced to this life-enhancing practice in their second year in the School, or earlier if they wish.  At the beginning of the third year in the school, mantra-meditation becomes an integral part of the ongoing philosophy courses. So for our more senior students meditation is a key practice and it goes hand-in-hand with philosophy and we offer our resources and experience to guide and support all our students in the practice for life.

See our London School website on Meditation

The meditation is offered under the auspices of The School of Meditation which is closely associated with our school and there is more information about this method of meditation on their website.