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Seminar: Plato & Buddha, Ammonius & Adi Shankara
22nd September 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Plato & Buddha, Ammonius & Adi Shankara
Seminar no. 2 of 4
The second seminar in the series is on four early and influential thinkers from East & West and is for those who are looking for new world views and solutions to the challenges humanity is facing in its environmental and moral crises.
The value of independent thinking
There is among many thinking people a growing sense the old philosophies can provide helpful insights into what values and influences we should promote in society and so to give back to our citizens and families greater dignity of human life that modern living is eroding.
This clearly requires fresh thinking and a new direction, and points to a need to re-establish our value systems free of the current paradigm that has shaped the West over recent centuries.
Turning to the Ancients for new answers
These four great thinkers we will study have, among others covered in the series, solved the problem of how to live a good life. We will see how their writings can provide the basis of a sustainable, happy and healthy civilisation that respects all that lives, and protects the environment which we need in order that all life may prosper.
The afternoon will be arranged into two groups of short talks, workshops and Q&A panels where we will investigate the lives, ethics and influence of these four great teachers. They gave remarkably similar ethical and practical teachings, and twenty five hundred years later remain very relevant for us to explore and borrow from:
- the Buddha and the Dhammapada & Plato and his truth-finding dialogues
- Shankarâcharya and his Crest Jewel of Wisdom & Ammonius Saccas and his mystical Neoplatonism
You will have the opportunity to read and study their lives, ideas and teachings, which can provide the means of improving ourselves and our society.
All are welcome, the ULT’s educational events are always free and open to all. No booking or membership is required, please arrive promptly. The doors open at 2:30 pm and events runs from 3.00-6.15 pm.