2017

Philosophy from Plato to Buddha

 

8-week Course

Mon. September 18th from 7 to 8:30PM

Is there more to life than just checking items off the must do list? Is there a deeper purpose to life than merely skimming the surface and going through the motions of what we call “living”? There were philosophers who sought out the inner truth of things and believed there was more to life… much more. They believed that life was meant to be lived profoundly and with a certain keenness brought to every endeavor.

In our 8-week course we will examine the keys that go to the very core of our humanity. These keys were first identified by the great thinkers of both the East and West. We believe that these timeless principles are applicable to our lives today.

Is happiness sustainable? Are we connected to something much bigger than ourselves? Come find out what is truly possible as we explore these topics and many more.


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Annual Sidewalk Sale Fundraiser

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2017,, 8am-1pm

Join us for great deals at our annual back-to-school sidewalk sale. All proceeds help support our efforts to present philosophical, cultural and volunteer activities. Donations being accepted.

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Welcome to Philosophical crafts! Sunday, July 30, 2017,, 11am-1pm

Join us on Sunday July 30 from 11am to 1pm as we volunteer together to make cards for hospitalized children. Through our collective effort, creativity and caring, let us spread a little hope, joy & magic to hospitalized kids across America through uplifting, handmade cards. Our mission will be to make a positive difference in the lives of young children who need our support and encouragement the most.

We will be sending out our handcrafted cards to Cards for Hospitalized Kids (CFHK) - an internationally recognized charitable organization. They will help distribute our cards to more than the 100,000 kids in hospitals in all 50 states who receive them every year. Parents can bring a child to join in the card making experience if they can be with them at all times. Card making events are a great way to have fun and give back at the same time. We look forward to seeing you!

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Somerville Art Beat Festival: Sat. July 15, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

During the heat of summer (held on the third weekend in July), artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, transforming it into one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals. Come by and meet members of our school and find out more about how we are working together to make the world a better place! RSVP

Welcome to Philosophical crafts! Sat May 20, 1-2:30 pm

This is an opportunity for you to tap into your creative side, and to do so while practicing centering mindfulness skills. Let's express our inner creativity, together, in a joyful atmosphere. You and your friends are welcome to join us as we work on various projects to beautify and enrich ourselves and our community.

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Philosophy intro: Wed May 10, 7:00 pm

Is true and lasting happiness achievable? Can we recognize different forms of happiness inside us? Discover what the timeless teachings of East and West have to say about Happiness and the Art of Living. We will explore the practical advice from the Buddha, the Stoics, Plato, and the wisdom traditions of India, Tibet, Egypt and more in our 8-week course.
($75/month, first month free)

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Earth Day Discussion: The Hidden Life of Trees: Sat. April 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Join us at the Wakefield Estate in Milton to celebrate Earth Day with a discussion about the hidden life of trees, followed by a mindfulness nature walk along the paths of the Wakefield Estate. This is an outdoor event to connect with nature so please dress accordingly with proper footwear and pants. "The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged - keep on - there are divine things, well envelop'd; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell." -Walt Whitman Register

learn to know yourself

Beyond Self: a discussion on the essence of practical philosophy

Wednesday, April 12th 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Ever wake up in the morning and look into the mirror and think to yourself: “who is this person staring back at me? “Who are we, anyway? Are we who we imagine ourselves to be? Or is own identity determined by the opinions of others? Or what “the experts” say? Or by what demographic profiles tell us we should be?

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Philosophy from Plato to Buddha: Wed, March 1, 7:00 pm

Is there more to life than just checking items off the must do list? Is there a deeper purpose to life than merely skimming the surface and going through the motions of what we call “living”? There were philosophers who sought out the inner truth of things and believed there was more to life… much more. They believed that life was meant to be lived profoundly and with a certain keenness brought to every endeavor. In our 8-week course we will examine the keys that go to the very core of our humanity. These keys were first identified by the great thinkers of both the East and West. We believe that these timeless principles are applicable to our lives today. Is happiness sustainable? Are we connected to something much bigger than ourselves? Come find out what is truly possible as we explore these topics and many more. 8-week Course: Philosophy from Plato to Buddha Wed. March 1 from 7 to 9:15PM For RSVP or questions text us at (617) 837-6180 ($75/mo. $35/students - 1st class free) Learn more .... or .... Register


2016

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Learn to Know Yourself: Wed, Jan 25, 7:00 pm

You know that you know something about yourself, but there are times when you are not sure what has happened and you cannot explain what and how you are living it. There are times you suspect the meaning but it is not articulated in your mind; you search around and get so many answers, which ones to take or not? Learn to know yourself. You are a deep fountain of mysteries, most of which can be uncovered by yourself, if you know how. This course teaches partical tools so you may discover yourself. Learn more .... or .... Register


2016

Mindful Crafts | Create Your Mandala: Saturday, December 10, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Welcome to Philosophical crafts! This is an opportunity for you to tap into your creative side, and to do so while practicing centering mindfulness skills. Let's express our inner creativity, together, in a joyful atmosphere. You and your friends are welcome to join us as we work on various projects to beautify and enrich ourselves and our community. Register

Philo - Cafe: Thurs. Dec. 01, 7:00 pm

Join us for a friendly philosophical discussion over a warm drink with warm company. We use techniques of Socratic discussion to elicit our inner most thoughts and feelings in constructive ways. Through guided conversation we seek to enhance the individual-group dynamic and the free exchange of ideas on relevant topics of today. Details and Directions

The Wisdom of Plato: Wed. Nov. 16 7:30 pm

In celebration of World Philosophy Day, please join us for a free class. In the Republic, Plato uses the allegory of the cave to describe the differnces in ideas ranging from opions, rational ideas to ideals. In Plato's Academy, his mission was to teach people how to think, in the original spirit of the PhD.

What would Plato do?: Thurs. Nov. 17th 7:30 pm

In celebration of World Philosophy Day, please join us for a free talk. Are the ideas of Plato still relevant today? Could Plato’s BIG picture approach solve some of today’s problems? Can applying Plato’s insights into the Human Being make a difference in our quality of living? Come discover Plato’s philosophy on such themes as Education, Politics, and Love. Stressed, disgusted, feed up… What would Plato do?

Create your own Mandala: Sat. Nov 19th 11 am

Come to our Mindful Crafts

Welcome to Philosophical crafts! This is an opportunity for you to tap into your creative side, and to do so while practicing centering mindfulness skills. Let's express our inner creativity, together, in a joyful atmosphere. You and your friends are welcome to join us as we work on various projects to beautify and enrich ourselves and our community.

Plato Day, Davis Square: Sat. Nov 12th 12 pm

Dozens of people shared their words of wisdom on the Platonic Cube at the Plato on the Square event in Davis Square. Thanks for all those who helped color our Community Mandala... it was a pleasure meeting you all!


The Mindfulness Experiment

Part of our series: The Mindfulness Experiment: What philosophy can teach us. We will discuss the "mindful" application of timeless wisdom to modern life. How we can train ourselves to be more conscious in each and every moment of our life.


The Practical Buddha

Learn Buddha's prescription for mindful living. We will apply Buddha's teachings to help us attain a better inner balance and to cultivate more harmonious relationships. We will explore how to achieve a deeper happiness through a more unified approach to life.


Know Thyself

Are we just material bodies or do we recognize perhaps a rich inner life as well? Do we still marvel at the mystery of consciousness? Even the simple wilful movement of a hand is a complete mystery to us. This is why we need philosophy. We want to make positive changes, yes. But ones that are sustainable and permanent. If we want to make real changes, we need to change at the root. Philosophy teaches us to look beyond the visible and the external,and to see the inner causes of our reality. Perhaps it is time for a change. Perhaps it is time to start building a more sustainable society, based more on inner values. Perhaps it is time for a rebirth - a renaissance.