10 week evening courses

Practical Philosophy

Free to be Yourself

Wisdom, Happiness and Love. Practical life skills with enough toughness to last a lifetime.

Discover The Wisdom Within

Philosophy aims to set you free. Free from pressures and worries, free from limiting ways of thinking, free to grow and be yourself.
Take your first steps to freedom with our 10 week course.

Local Course

Local face-to-face evening courses available in Chesterton & Peterborough.

Peace of Mind

A safe space with experienced & supportive tutors & others looking to philosophy to set them free.

Practical Wisdom

Courses in practical wisdom for everyday living. Meet with like minded individuals.

Offer only £60

Introductory offer – 10 week course only £60. (Normally £90). Limited spaces. 

This popular course is practical rather than academic and draws on sources of wisdom from East and West, past and present.

Explore Life To The Full…

The Chesterton Cambridge & Peterborough courses offer a practical means to discover fully who we are, understand how to relate to the world we live in and see what gets in the way of being happy, peaceful and free.

Students are invited to see life as a place to test the words of the wise through practical and mindful exercises.

10 weekly sessions

The ten weekly sessions explore central human questions through discussion, practical observation, conversation and reflection in good company.

Self-enquiry through practical philosophy

These sessions consider how philosophy can help us enjoy richer, happier, less stressful lives.

Philosophy means the love of wisdom. Our course is intended to show how philosophy can help us enjoy richer, less stressful and more useful lives. The opening sessions consider these aims, and introduces simple exercises in mindfulness and the application of wisdom you can practise in daily life.

You can download or listen to the Awareness Exercise, introduced in week one here. To download, right-click, choose ‘Save link as…’ and save the MP3 wherever you want.

You can also download a PDF of the Awareness Exercise

Who or what am I?

What is my potential?

Who am I, really? My body? My emotions? My strongly held beliefs? My soul? Possibly all of these? Possibly none?

Such questions have preoccupied philosophers down the ages. We look at practical ways to explore who we really are and how to tap our true potential.

 

What is our state of awareness? Why does it fluctuate during the day? Often the most notable quality of wise people is their alertness to the subtleties of a situation. They are awake, perceptive and curious. We look at deeper levels of awareness, and consider how we may become more awake to ourselves, our surroundings, and the events we meet.

Living in the now, mindfulness.

What is the potential of the present moment?

We examine the extraordinary brightness and freedom naturally available in the present moment. A straightforward practice is introduced.

Our introductory courses explore the themes of Wisdom, Happiness and Love.

Each term we will offer the practical philosophy course with the overall theme of either Wisdom, Happiness or Love.

Read more below what is explored in the Wisdom, Happiness and Love courses.

Some of the elements explored in the Happiness themed course are:
  • True happiness and unity
  • True happiness and the present
  • Happiness and society
  • Happiness and Utilitarianism
  • Happiness and Pleasure
  • Happiness and the Platonic Goods
  • Exploring effortless action
  • Happiness and work
  • Happiness and Contentment
  • Happiness and Wisdom

Some of the elements explored in the Love themed course are:

  1. Three forms of love?
  2. Does everyone have pure love in their nature?
  3. The expression of Love through wisdom, attachment or delusion
  4. Love and the present moment
  5. Love and constancy
  6. The natural in-between
  7. The object of our love (body, behaviour, thoughts, feelings, essence)
  8. The essence of a person and ‘Man’s search for meaning’
  9. Causes of conflict / hostility / duality
  10. The desire to control
  11. Love and gratitude
  12. The inner organ of mind
  13. Harmony, becoming and being
  14. Behind the scenes
  15. The subtle realm
  16. Know yourself
  17. Love and work, Love and law,
  18. Love and knowledge
Looking for the common thread in life. What is the effect of finding unity? When we look around, we see enormous diversity in nature. The wise person looks for the unifying factor: that which allows all this apparent diversity to be seen as part of a single whole. Seen in this way, life then has the best chance of being led freshly and openly.    

What is reason? How can it enrich our lives? Developing reason in decision-making and action are also discussed, with practical applications. Obstacles to reason are considered. Everyone has the faculty of reason and we can all use it and develop it. 

The Vedic model of three fundamental energies.

Sometimes we seem not to have enough energy, or the wrong kind. A wise person can act consistently despite these varying conditions.

We consider how to recognise differing energies, how to gain and conserve them and how to use them wisely.

What is truth? How does the desire for truth show itself? Practical philosophy is about discovering the truth of things – not theoretically, but in our own experience. In this final session we look back and ask ourselves how our search for truth has fared as the term has progressed. We discuss what has been discovered and how, in our own way, we may continue to develop it in our daily lives.  

How it works

A tutor presents philosophical ideas, and leads a discussion based on what arises in the group. Being practical rather than academic, the emphasis is on personal knowledge and experience. Students are encouraged neither to accept nor reject the ideas put forward, but to test them in practice for themselves, in the light of their own experience.

Next Cambridge & Peterborough Introductory Courses

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Chesterton, Cambridge

Peterborough

Frequently asked questions

The course is practical in the sense that it takes philosophical ideas and shows how they can be of direct use in our everyday lives. The intention is to stimulate enquiry and through this expand the way we look at the world and ourselves.

Online by clicking the Enrol Today button on this page. You can also email us at: info@cbphilosophy.org

If you register online, you will receive a confirmation email with your day of attendance. If you register by any means other than online, you will receive a receipt confirming your registration.

Yes, we have local venues at Arbury, Cambridge and Peterborough. There are also many other local venues in other parts of the UK where you can attend the course face-to-face.

No, all you need is an open and enquiring mind. The course is intended for everyone, regardless of education, occupation, race, political or religious belief.

First you need to enrol on a course. The in-person courses are available in Arbury and Peterborough, and also at many other local venues up and down the UK. A local Arbury and Peterborough map can be found on this page.

If you have any questions simply email us at info@cbphilosophy.org

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