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The Art of Living Well: Webinars Centered in Dialogue

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If you have ever wanted to study the wisdom of the great thinkers of East and West by encountering for yourself what they actually said and wrote, not mediated and simplified by a famous expert, and if you like the idea of doing this in company with a group of serious, thoughtful people from all over the world, then we invite you to join us for a rich and rewarding adventure in personal growth and understanding!

We are offering webinar discussions of ancient books with a view to understanding what the greatest minds of the ancient world thought about the challenges of living and dying, and the nature of a fully human life. None of these books will give easy answers; instead, they will leave you electrified, revitalized, and more deeply thoughtful about the unavoidable questions of our lives.

The complexity and subtlety of these rich, many-sided books blossom in the best way possible in intelligent conversations between people who can take multiple perspectives on a thought. Subsequent series of The Art of Living Well will tackle topics such as the Emotions, the Soul, Dying, and God, but in our maiden voyage we will try to gain a deeper understanding of the idea of happiness.

“Happiness”

In this, our maiden voyage, we will gain a deeper understanding of happiness. This series will feature six authors from the ancient world, three from the West and three from the East. Each two-hour seminar will be on a reading of 20-30 pages in length. We will all have done the reading at least once, hopefully twice, and when we meet online for our seminar we will have an open and candid conversation about the text.

1. Plato, the Apology and the Meno: What is it to know, and why do we need to know rather than just believe?

2. Aristotle, the Nicomachean Ethics: What is happiness, and how does it relate to pleasure, virtue, and knowledge?

3. The Discourses of Epictetus, the great Stoic philosopher: How do we attain equanimity and live a life of quiet integrity?

4. The Book of Mencius, Confucius’ greatest disciple: Can we achieve happiness in the messy entanglements of human relationships?

5. The Book of Zhuangzi, the wildest and most imaginative of the Daoist philosophers: Can we only be happy if we free ourselves from judgment and moralism?

6. The Discourses of the Buddha: Is happiness even possible, and if not, can we find a way out of suffering?

Tuition: $240 (includes all six webinars)

Time: Saturdays at noon-2:00 PM Eastern Time North America

Dates: March 17, 24, April 7, 14, 21, 28

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