Philosophy Works (Class Two)

It was another beautiful Saturday morning. The location of this class is in the scenic Back Bay neighborhood on Marlborough street, the room is on the second floor overlooking small alley and is full of morning light scattered around the bookshelves covering the walls.

Class Notes:

  • Philosophy is designed to raise awareness, to wake up, to enable us to be present and see things as they are and bring us closer to our true selves. Philosophy is the supreme means of self-discovery
  • One of the hallmarks of the wise is that their lives are governed by principle
  • Consider how our life would change if we lived according to the principle: Your word is your bond.
  • Levels of awareness:

Higher consciousness

Fully aware

Waking sleep


Deep sleep

  • How much of the day do we spend in waking sleep? How often do we wake up?
  • Higher consciousness is available to anyone and everyone. It is not the province of great philosophers of poets. It is the birthright of every human being.

Principles and Practices:

See what happens when you live according to the principle Your word is your bond.

When in doubt, ask the question “What would a wise man or woman do now”?

Practice the awareness exercise (from last class) daily

Don’t accept what you hear and don’t reject what you hear. Try it out. Test the truth of it. If it works and is true then trust what you have found, practice it and let it enrich your life.

Passages for study

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to enquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!” “Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour.

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence


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