Friday Nights - Winter 2014 Philosophy Classes

Winter 2014 Classes Start in January

A 10-week Introductory course will be offered free of charge starting in January at the locations listed below. In order to insure seating, you must register prior to attending. If fewer than 10 students register for a particular class, that class will be cancelled.

January 22, 2014 in Mesa (Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 7:30)

January 24, 2014 at the McDowell Center in Scottsdale (Friday evenings 6:00 - 7:30)

January 25, 2014 in Mesa (Saturday mornings 10:00 - 11:30)

Location information

McDowell Center

16116 N McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Mesa WMCDC (School of Practical Philosophy)

567 W 10th St, Mesa, AZ 85201

Course Contents

Introductory Course

This 10-week course of philosophy offers an entirely practical approach to the study of philosophical principles that have transformed mankind's appreciation of its fundamental nature.

It draws from great eastern and western streams of understanding and introduces powerful principles in a way that can be immediately applied to the situations we all face.

Session 1: THE WISDOM WITHIN

What is Philosophy? Why study Philosophy?

Introduction to two very practical exercises in awareness.

Session 2: LEVELS OF AWARENESS

The wise live a life governed by principle.

How often and for how long are we awake?

Session 3: BEING AWAKE

How can we live more consciously and with greater purpose?

Observation and the spirit of inquiry.
Session 4: THE POWER OF ATTENTION

How can we increase the power of attention and realize our full potential?

What you give your attention to grows.

Session 5: THE POWER OF LISTENING

The difference between hearing and listening

Breaking habits of unnecessary speech.

Learning to listen.

Session 6: BEAUTY: A NEW WAY OF SEEING

When awareness and attention are open, how far can we see?

Where is Beauty? What is beauty itself?

A practical investigation based on Plato's Symposium

Session 7: WHO ME? A REMEDY FOR NEGATIVE FEELINGS

Who is the center of attention?

What can be done about the negativity that limits our awareness and happiness?

Introduction to a time-tested remedy for negative feelings.

Session 8: SELF-KOWLEDGE: WHAT AM I?

How can we wake up more often during the day?

Am I this body? Mind? Heart? Is there more?

Self-knowledge through observation: If you can see it, you can't be it.

Session 9: UNITY IN DIVERSITY

What is the ultimate aim of this study?

"Widening our circle of compassion".

The philosophy of non-duality.

Session 10: THE DESIRE FOR TRUTH

What are the marks of truth?

Would we like to live more truthful lives?

The Good Impulse and the way forward.

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