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*Upcoming Event* – Can the environment be saved? – Saturday 2nd June 2018

Hi friends, Scientists only very recently touched base at the deepest point of the ocean - the Mariana Trench. After years of planning and anticipation, can you imagine what they found...a plastic bag! Us humans really do like our bags. This week we have a very special guest. Dayananda das, an early pioneer in the Hare

Overcoming Anger – Thursday 17th May 2018

Anger is a powerful emotion. We've all felt it...an uncompromising rage that builds up and either ends in a mini-outburst, or a full-blown crescendo. Usually, we feel silly afterwards, especially when the poor victim didn't see it coming. But why then do we allow it to happen over and over again? Is there a safe

Gita at Sunset – Thursday 10th May 2018

Gita at Sunset Morning friends, When you hear 'Bhagavad Gita,' what comes to mind? Maybe ideas of India. Perhaps mysticism and spiritual notions. Or, maybe you've been thinking 'religion,' and switched off. The Bhagavad Gita is a monumental treatise of spiritual philosophy. The Sanskrit translation of 'Bhagavad Gita' is 'Song of God.' Dramatically set in

What is ‘The Good Life?’ – Thursday 3rd May 2018

Afternoon friends, Fun, fun, fun. We're all after it, but where is that consistent joy to be found?...Is it in the end-product, or in the journey? Maybe both? This week we'll be discussing that elusive but essential concept...the good life, a subject that has occupied great thinkers for millennia. We’ll be examining some key insights and

Cultivating Self-Discipline – Thursday 19th April 2018

Afternoon friends, What gets you out of bed in the morning? Do you surrender to the triple snooze? Maybe you've got one of those alarms that you have to physically catch to make it stop. Or perhaps you experience the strange phenomenon whereby the closer it gets to that tube time of 7.38 am, the larger and

The Rise of Veg*nism – Thursday 12th April 2018

As you all know, 'veg-nism' is all the rave nowadays, and at our next session we want to examine some of the key arguments fuelling the heated debate on this topic. For instance, we’ll scrutinise some of the leading views on the moral status of animals, and discuss some of the prominent socio-economic, environmental and

What is charity? – Thursday 15th March 2018

It is said that charity begins at home. But where does it go after that? Does it necessarily involve monetary exchange, and how can I possibly choose from amongst all the different parties who are rattling their tins on the high street every Saturday afternoon? It's overwhelming, is it not? And with all the incredible

Reflecting on Compassion – Thursday 8th March 2018

Compassion...It was rubbish collection day, and so I saw the typical scenes - some had neatly arranged and separated their black bags and clear recycling bags, others were heaped in a pile that could perhaps be seen as some kind of modern art...and as for the worst ones...you know these people, and you may well

Collective Consciousness – Thursday 22nd February 2018

This week we will be discussing the notion of ‘collective consciousness’...the idea that we have a set of shared beliefs and attitudes that unify us within particular social environments. And we’ll look to identify and understand what could be the underlying forces or mechanisms that shape those shared beliefs and attitudes, and perhaps even challenge

Which side of The Force are you on? – Thursday 15th February 2018

Dear Friends, If you haven't had the chance to see the latest in the Star Wars epics - The Latest Jedi...I mean, The Last Jedi - then don't worry...this isn't a spoiler!  Terms such as the force, the dark side, and the light side have become common utterances...and we all have some idea in our minds as to what they might