Practical Philosophy WA

04c. Presence of Mind - Currambine

This course examines what it really means to Be Present; what takes us away from the Present; learning, through the continuing practice of Mindfulness, to observe what distracts us and let it pass.

Description

WEEK

 

1

BEING PRESENT

Presence of mind - importance & effects

Learning from the present

Stillness & unity ­ power of an unmoving mind

2

NECTAR FROM POISON

Teachings of adversity - using wisdom to extract nectar from poison.

Discrimination: ring & gold, substance & form, transient & eternal

The moving mind: circling thought, dream & procrastination

3

ABSOLUTE PRESENCE

Absolute existence as unlimited, infinite and complete.

Relative existence as changing, transient and dependent.

Thought - As a Man Thinketh, James Allen

4

ALLEGORY OF PLATO’S CAVE #1

What in reality actually is present?

Power of illusion

Coming out of the dark

5

PLATO’S CAVE #2

Shadow & substance

The present & absolute existence

Playing one’s part - when one is in touch with absolute existence there is a connection with the natural rhythm.

6

THE POWER OF THOUGHT

MANAS and the power of thought

Thought under the influence of sattwa, rajas & tamas

The importance of what the mind thinks upon awakening.

7

THE POWER OF DECISION

BUDDHI and the power of decision

Basis for decision making - reason, love, virtue, duty and fear

Decision under the influence of sattwa, rajas & tamas

8

THE POWER OF LOVE

CHITTA and the power of love

Levels of love

Love under the influence of sattwa, rajas & tamas

9

THE POWER OF WILL

AHANKARA and the power of will

Will under the influence of sattwa, rajas & tamas

Importance of will being based on reason

Step by step - padam padam

10

THE SOVEREIGN SELF

Powers of thought, decision, love and will as universal powers

The self or tman as the owner of these powers

Mantra Meditation & tradition

11

GIVE WHAT YOU LACK

How to make latent virtues or qualities manifest

Term Review

Prerequisites

Enrolment in this course requires completion of Practical Philosophy and Mindfulness (MNDPP) beforehand.