New York City Courses

The School’s courses assist students in realizing their full potential and are open to anyone curious about self-discovery, increased mindfulness, greater awareness and insight into their true nature.

The program is arranged in four levels, starting with Philosophy Works, followed by Foundation Courses, Continuing Philosophy and Advanced Courses.

Courses

The School’s courses assist students in realizing their full potential and are open to anyone curious about self-discovery, increased mindfulness, greater awareness and insight into their true nature.

The program is arranged in four levels, starting with Philosophy Works, followed by Foundation Courses, Continuing Philosophy and Advanced Courses.

Philosophy Works

Philosophy Works

The introductory course encourages students to gain access to inner happiness, wisdom and strength. The premise is that within each of us is an inexhaustible source of nourishment, well-being and understanding. The aim is to put students in touch with this inner resource. Classes include the presentation of key principles and discussion of students’ experience in putting these principles into practice.

Philosophy Works: Introductory Course

This course provides a framework to discover answers to life’s big questions in a lively, interactive atmosphere.

Foundation Courses

Foundation Courses

Practical Philosophy continues after the Introductory Course with classes that advance and guide students to open their awareness more fully and connect more deeply within themselves. Each of the Foundation Courses covers a single theme that builds on the material introduced in Philosophy Works.

Philosophy 2: Happiness

This course encourages people to find the happiness that exists inside themselves, dissolves conflict and creates harmony and health.

Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 16, 2019. Each Mon and Wed 7pm to 9:30pm. Each Sat 10am to 12:30pm

Philosophy 3: Love

Philosophy 3 aims to help students dissolve feelings of separation and become more aware of the pure love that lives inside us all.

Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 16, 2019. Each Mon and Wed 7pm to 9:30pm. Each Sat 10am to 12:30pm

Philosophy 4: Presence of Mind

This course covers the powers and capabilities of the mind, along with managing unnecessary thoughts and dreams that carry the mind away.

Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 16, 2019. Each Wed 7pm to 9:30pm. Each Wed 9:30am to Noon. Each Sat 10am to 12:30pm

Philosophy 5: Freedom

Philosophy 5 asks: How is it possible to realize one’s full potential and live a noble life? How can meditation make one steady, and peaceful?

Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 16, 2019. Each Wed 7pm to 9:30pm. Each Sat 10am to 12:30pm

Continuing Courses

Continuing Courses

Following the first five terms and the introduction to meditation, the School’s philosophy curriculum expands. Emphasis is placed on a variety of areas including the refinement of meditation. Students have the opportunity to meet one on one with another student who is well practiced in meditation to discuss questions or difficulties that the practice brings to light. The opportunity to work with and for others under guidance is also made available.

Philosophy I-1: The Way of Action

This course centers on actions and how they regulate our lives. Good, bad and indifferent action are examined as well as what it means to work with full attention.

Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019. Each Wed 7pm to 9:30pm

Philosophy I-2: The Way of Devotion

This course opens the subject of devotion. Are we devoted to anything? Do the objects of our devotion really matter? How is love related to devotion?

Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019. Each Wed 9:30am to Noon

Philosophy I-3: The Way of Knowledge

Philosophy I-3 examines different levels of knowledge including the difference between knowledge and information and the effect of knowledge on action.

Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019. Each Mon 7pm to 9:30pm

Philosophy I-4: The Way of the Householder

Is it possible and practical to live in the modern world on the firm foundation of philosophy? Physical, mental and spiritual energy, the essential capital for life, are examined.

Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019. Each Wed 7pm to 9:30pm

Philosophy I-5: Dharma: Leading a Principled Life

Philosophy I-5 presents the ten essential dharmas, and how they may be put to practical use in living a happier and freer life.

Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019. Each Wed 9:30am to Noon

I Level Philosophy in Action Weekend

This weekend activity at The School’s property in Wallkill NY offers the opportunity to discover the value of working with and for others under guidance. This activity is open to students who have begun the practice of meditation.

October 18 at 8:00 pm - October 20 at 1:00 pm. Location: 846 Borden Circle Wallkill, New York 12589

N-CN

Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 14, 2019. Each Thu 7pm to 9:30pm

N-SF

Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 14, 2019. Each Thu 7pm to 9:30pm

Advanced Courses

Advanced Courses

The School’s Advanced Courses comprise a series of subjects that delve deeply into timeless teachings about the Self, natural law, creation, truth, and knowledge. Advanced Courses are enhanced by a commitment to meditation, and to service, which brings the principles presented in the classroom to life in ways both practical and profound.

M-ES

Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019. Each Wed 7pm to 9:30pm

M-MS

Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 14, 2019. Each Thu 7pm to 9:30pm

M-RT

Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019. Each Mon 7pm to 9:30pm

M-HS

Each Wednesday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020

M-RC

Each Thursday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020

M-DC

Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019. Each Mon 7pm to 9:30pm

M-EC

Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019. Each Mon 7pm to 9:30pm

M Level Autumn Weekend

Friday October 25 8:00 pm Meeting - Sunday October 27

S-BSGL

Each Tuesday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-HSG

Each Tuesday. includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-RSGL

Each Tuesday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-RBGL

Each Monday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-KKGL

Each Wednesday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-AMGL

Each Wednesday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-Level Weekend Exercise

Friday October 18th Opening Meeting at 8:00pm - Sunday after lunch October 20th

Supplemental Courses

Supplemental Courses

The School occasionally offers recurring events and special courses that can supplement students’ studies. Please note that some course prerequisites may be necessary to enroll.

Emerson Study

September 17, October 1, 15, 29, November 12. From 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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