These are challenging, hard times that can somehow feel scary, and it is difficult to know what or who to trust and follow. However, ancient civilisations, both from East and West, thought us that we have a vast united inheritance of wisdom that we can count on to provide us self-awareness, values, inner strength, independence and confidence.
Is it possible to live by the wisdom of the ancient masters in our everyday life?
The course provides a glimpse into the sources of wisdom with a comparative study of Classical philosophies across ancient cultures and civilisations. Through the classes, we unfold the path of philosophy from Knowledge to Wisdom and from Learning to Living as we uncover the mysteries of human consciousness and development.
This unique program of Living Philosophy Course is structured into 16 weekly sessions, which complement one the other. It is an opportunity to join a journey to discover and experience the more profound esoteric concepts of self, nature and humanity.
New Acropolis is an evolving philosophical community of like-minded people that foster an active and practical approach to Living Philosophy with an acute awareness of the world around us.
$260 in total.
It can be divided into four equal instalments.
15.02.23, Wednesday, 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
22.02.23, Wednesday, 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Living Philosophy: Discover – Awaken – Transform
Course Syllabus – 16 Sessions
PART 1: ETHICS
1. Know Thyself
Living Philosophy – Need for Inner Change Morals and Ethics
Themes from Eastern and Western Philosophies
2. The Great Inner WarriorWho am I? Two faces of the Self
The Internal Battle of the Kshatriya
Themes from the Bhagavad Gita (Samkhya and Yoga)
3. Buddha and the Path to Liberation
Lessons from Buddha’s life a process of Self-Transformation The Sermon at Benares – the Four Noble Truths
The wisdom of Concentration and the Right Tension
4. Hearing the Voice of the Silence
The Symbolism of the Tibetan Vajrayana Tradition Themes from The Voice of the Silence
5. Awakening the Soul: Practical Tools from the Ancient World
Aristotle’s Secret towards Happiness
Arete – The Meaning of Life
Rediscovering the Mysticism of Plotinus
Three Paths to the Divine: The Artist, The Lover, The Metaphysician
6. Inner Order and The Search for Purpose
Embodying Justice in Ancient Egypt The Confucian Ideal of Harmony Hierarchy – Natural vs Mechanical
PART 2: SOCIO–POLITICS
7. Have a say – The challenges of modern society
From Individual to Society
The role and importance of the Ancient Polis The value of Volunteering in our current era
8. Seminar of Practical Exercises
9. Breaking the Chains
The Socratic Approach – Maieutic and Elenchus The Allegory of the Cave by Plato
The Allegory of the Metals by Plato
10. The need for Social Justice
The Politeia (Republic) by Plato – Models of Governance The Triumphs and Challenges of Democracy
The Meso-Cosmos as an Organised Environment
11. Worldview Transformations
What brought us to this point?
Great Stoic principles for Modern Living From the Middle Ages to Renaissance
PART 3: PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY
12. The Path of Initiation
The last School of Mystery by Pythagoras On the Importance of Education by Plato Traditional, Mystical and Magical Initiations The sacred chain of Masters and Disciples
13. The Voyage of Time – From History to Myth and back
Reliability of History over time
On the concept of Myth
From Chronological Time to Sacred Dreamtime, Hidden Truths in Mythology
14. When History Repeats Itself
The Natural Law of Periodicity
Cycles of Time: Hindu Yugas and Plato’s Great Year
A Memory of the times as a Creator of Self and Collective Consciousness
15. Esoteric Development of Consciousness
The Universal laws of Nature – Dharma and Karma The Esoteric Development of Consciousness
The Myth of Prometheus
Consciousness and the Discipular Path
16. The Spiral Path – Summary
Course Overview and Summary Where do we go from here?