I’ve written many times here about the School of Practical Philosophy, from descriptions of the education offered, to reportage of events I have attended, to announcements of coming attractions, and I am going to do that again now because I cannot recommend the School strongly enough. The courses are a perfect complement to Masonic learning but, of course, even independently of any teachings of Freemasonry, they add tremendous value to anyone’s efforts to understand life.
Many are intimidated by any talk of “philosophy,” fearing overwhelming ideas couched in indecipherable language echoing from ages ago, but this is practical philosophy. The concepts are rendered simply, and the goal is for you to apply this wisdom to your thoughts, words, and deeds in everyday life. While the classes proceed on a weekly schedule, the learning is yours to digest at your own pace. For life. (There are no exams.)
In addition to the classes, the School hosts fascinating lectures and seminars that are open to enrolled students and the general public alike. On May 13, “Reverence: The Forgotten Virtue” will be presented in Wallkill and, on May 21, a Thoreau Bicentennial Celebration will be hosted at 79th Street. (More on these when the info becomes available, and I’m sure other special events will come this summer.)
This event is the School’s open house next week. Naturally, admission is free, but registration is required. As I write this, there are plenty of seats still available. Check it out. Hear about the classes offered; meet the dedicated unpaid tutors; behold the beautiful UWS townhouse just outside of Central Park; and—best of all—enroll in the first level of instruction of ten weeks of classes for only ten dollars.
From the publicity:
Come join us for an open conversation about happiness with tutors from The School of Practical Philosophy. Ask questions about the School, find out about the classes offered, and discover how generations of students have benefited from the discovery of innate wisdom and the study of Practical Philosophy.
Light refreshments will be served.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is intended for new and prospective students and those curious about The School of Practical Philosophy. Current students or students who have already taken Philosophy Works are asked not to register for this event.