2017

Philosophy Expo - Sunday Nov 5

ancient wisdom, modern living

Presented by The School of Philosophy WA and open to the general public
Venue: Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Time: 8.30am - 4.15pm
Cost for the Day is $100.00 per person
(includes lunch, morning & afternoon tea)
This day offers a unique opportunity to meet with like minded people and enjoy a day of nourishment for body, mind and soul.
You may attend up to FOUR of the workshops listed.
Workshops run for 75 minutes each.
No prior knowledge or experience is required. Presenters are students or friends of the School of Philosophy with a love of their subject.

Registrations Close: November 3, 2017

Program

8:00 am Doors Open
8:30 am 9:00 am Opening Address
9:00 am to 10:15 am Session 1
10:15 am to 10:45 am Morning Tea Break
10:45 am to 12 Noon Session 2
12 Noon to 12:45 pm Lunch Break
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm Session 3
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm Afternoon Tea Break
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm Session 4
3:45 pm to 4:15 pm Final Address
4:15 pm Finish

Topic Selection

Session 1

9:00am to 10:15am

Session 2

10:45am to 12 noon
1. Democracy, Plato and the Freedom Trap
Synopsis
Craig Hassed 6. Karmic Influence Depicting on Your Vedic Horoscope
Synopsis
Dr Theja
2. Practical Philosophy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Synopsis
Carl Brauhart 7. The Nature of Spirituality
Synopsis
Mark Bedwood
3. Unlocking the Sonnet
Synopsis
Stewart Morritt 8. Illuminating Wisdom: A Taste Of Calligraphy
Synopsis
Deirdre Hassed
4. Meister Eckhart–The Man From Whom God Hid Nothing
Synopsis
John Auer 9. The 7 Steps to Freedom
Synopsis
Bernie Kroczek
5. Vedic Mathematics
Synopsis
Phillip Kruger 10. An Introduction to Plotinus
Synopsis
John Cahill

Session 3

12:45pm to 2:00pm

Session 4

2:30pm to 3:45pm
11. The Mindful Bard
Synopsis
Craig Hassed & Stewart Morritt 16. Truth, Reason and the Age of the Internet
Synopsis
Michael Kruger
12. Creativity : Lighting The Path To Self Awareness
Synopsis
Iris Whitelock 17. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Synopsis
Katherine Kruger
13. The Power of the Heart
Synopsis
Steve Mitcham 18. Meditation - an introduction
Synopsis
Steve Mitcham
14. Groundhog Day - A Metaphor for Life
Synopsis
Jason Hughston 19. Sanskrit - Ancient Stories For Today
Synopsis
Dianne Kruger
15. The Sacred Art of Listening
Synopsis
Phillip Kruger 20. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
Synopsis
Jean Wyder

Topic Synopsis

Synopsis

Presenter

1. Democracy, Plato and the Freedom Trap

Craig Hassed

Is Democracy, as the majority of people believe these days, the ultimate expression of social and political freedom, or is it, as Plato maintained, the second lowest form of government and just one step away from tyranny? In this interactive workshop we will explore this and related questions from the perspectives of philosophy, neuroscience, politics and direct personal experience. If we, individually and collectively, understand freedom and human nature correctly then democracy should deliver ever-greater levels of freedom and prosperity. If we do not understand them well then we may find ourselves in a sweet but sticky trap of our own making.
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2. Parallels between Practical Philosophy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Carl Brauhart

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) teaches us to listen to our internal dialogue and identify thoughts which are unhelpful. Surprisingly, (particularly for a depressed or anxious person) such negative thoughts are invariably distortions of the truth. CBT presents logical and positive alternatives to the habitual negative thought patterns that all of us slip into. This presentation explores the numerous parallels between CBT and Practical Philosophy, going right back to Epictetus and the Stoic Philosophers.
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3. Unlocking The Sonnet

Stewart Morritt

This interactive presentation teaches you a number of simple techniques that actors use to access Shakespeare’s language. Concentrating on Sonnet 29 an experienced actor will guide you through 5 easy steps to understanding metre, structure, rhyme, caesura and meaning. You will then be able to read and appreciate the other 153 Sonnets for yourself.
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4. Meister Eckhart – The Man From Whom God Hid Nothing

John Auer

Eckhart’s Way: The Way of Paradox, The Wayless Way, The Way of Unknowiing.

As the master taught: “For you to know God in God’s way, your knowing must become a pure unknowing, and a forgetting of yourself and all creatures.”

“God does not ask anything else of you except that you should creaturely fashion go outside of yourself and let God be God in you.”
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5. Vedic Mathematics

Phillip Kruger

An ancient and unique system of mathematics based on a few simple rules which enable mathematical problems to be solved easily and efficiently.

In summary it is mathematics made simple and enjoyable.
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6. Karmic Influence Depicting on Your Vedic Horoscope

Dr Theja

INDIAN VEDIC ASTROLOGY is one of the most accurate and predictive sciences in the world. An in-depth analysis of the birth chart reveals what a person can expect in life and when the many tendencies found in the horoscope will occur. This highly appreciated subject in the modern world helps to gain happiness and clarity on changes in relationship issues, career, finances, family, health and a lot more.
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7. The Nature of Spirituality

Mark Bedwood

Spirituality is not religion.... it is so much more. Its basis is not in books but in experience and your attitude towards daily life. It can be evident in ancient practices or in simple everyday actions. The talk explains the nature of spirituality and how to walk the path.
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8. Illuminating Wisdom: A Taste of Calligraphy

Deirdre Hassed

Beginning with a brief slideshow of how the written word can bring words of wisdom to life, this workshop will offer an opportunity to try the traditional art of calligraphy yourself.
Experience the tactile delight of the handwritten word. Feel the touch of the nib on paper while watching the wet ink as it glides from the pen, turning shapes into letters on the page.
We will focus on a simple script. No prior experience of calligraphy is necessary, just a willingness to give your attention to the pen. (Pens will be provided for your use on the day).
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9. The 7 Steps to Freedom

Bernie Kroczek

What is the purpose of a human life? We all want to feel happy and free, but it seems eternally elusive.
From ancient Indian texts, seven simple steps emerge, which we can relate to directly: 1. We know there is more to life and we begin to look for answers 2. We search for a new way of living 3. We look at ourselves – our minds and our hearts 4. We see a new world of refined consciousness 5. We feel free of attachments 6. We feel a ‘oneness’ of being 7. We experience undisturbed happiness and freedom.
In this workshop, based on Gilbert Mane’s book of the same name, we will begin to discover how these 7 Steps to Freedom can be applied in our everyday life.
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10. An Introduction to Plotinus

John Cahill

Plotinus was a philosopher of the Platonic tradition who was teaching in 3rd century AD. The three principles of his philosophy are the One, the Intellect, and the Soul.
He influenced Christianity, Gnosticism and Renaissance Platonism. We will examine some of his works to try and gain an understanding of these principles.
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11. The Mindful Bard

Craig Hassed & Stewart Morritt

After 400 years of silence, William Shakespeare has unexpectedly surfaced and published a new book - The Mindful Bard. Is he just getting on the mindfulness bandwagon or does he have a legitimate claim to be an early adopter of mindfulness? Decide for yourself as a member of the studio audience where the Bard make his case as he is grilled by the renowned, hard-hitting interviewer, David Froth.
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12. Creativity : Lighting The Path To Self Awareness

Iris Whitelock

From time immemorial, humans have used creative expression through art to communicate our innermost desires and to express our yearning for the Divine. In a modern world where we rely on scientific process to analyse and explain the material dimension of life, it can be easy to disengage from what is known at a deep level: the inexplicable, the infinite and the eternal. We may have difficulty connecting with our spirituality; we may no longer hear the messages that are available to us through our material world, and which we access through our intuition. Transpersonal art therapy offers a creative pathway into the spiritual and intuitive aspects of being human.

During this session, we will engage in a short meditation and simple art exercise to demonstrate how art therapy can privilege the unconscious and put us in touch with our deeper knowing. It will be a peaceful experience - there will be “being and doing”, rather than a lot of talking. No artistic ability is required – you are innately creative (whether you believe it or not!). I encourage you to receive this as an opportunity to get some clarification on an issue that troubles you, to give your inner critic some time off, and to explore a modality you might have dismissed before as “not for me”.
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13. The Power of the Heart

Steve Mitcham

Lao Tzu (ancient Chinese philosopher and author of the Tao Te Ching) said, “I have just three things to teach, simplicity, patience and compassion.”

Simplicity - direct living - experiencing life wholeheartedly.
Patience - letting go of the urgencies we feel ever present.
Compassion - to be with - deep listening, respect and empathy.

In this talk we will discuss how this wholehearted approach to our everyday life can transform our relationships and create a synchronicity that converts conflicts from problem to opportunity.
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14. Groundhog Day - A Metaphor for Life

Jason Hughston

When we think of the great spiritual stories, texts such as the Mahabharata, Bible, Ramayana, The Odyssey and many others that come to mind, and for good reason. They have stood the test of time. But sometimes these can be difficult to relate to. Our modern culture is often maligned but sometimes, when you pay attention, you can find gems hidden in the rubble. In this talk we will take a light hearted look at the 1993 movie 'Groundhog Day', and see what lessons it may have for us in living a good life.
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15. The Sacred Art Of Listening

Phillip Kruger

Do you know how to listen? What do you listen to most of the day? Do we have a choice in what we listen to? Could you learn to listen better? Or, do you know someone who could learn to listen better?

Would you like to be a better listener? Listening is an Art and as with any art it require practice. This workshop will provide you with skills that will, without a doubt, assist you in all circumstances to be a better listener.
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16. Truth, Reason and the Age of the Internet

Michael Kruger

What are the benefits of the internet and how do we know what is true.
How are we being deceived and how do we deceive ourselves.
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17. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Katherine Kruger

Despite constant efforts and time spent decluttering and cleaning your home, do you still feel dissatisfied? Don't have time to read the book on the “Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising” by Marie Kondo? Come and listen to this presentation instead! You'll leave with some easy, straight forward, practical tidying tips. Once you've taken action to the life changing decluttering advice, you and those around you will experience the positive effects immediately.
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18. Meditation - An Introduction

Steve Mitcham

When the heart is open we feel more connected to those around us, we are more loving, we feel more alive.

Meditation can bring us to our natural state of loving awareness by removing the blockages that keep us trapped in our over-thinking minds.

The practice of meditation frees us from the ego and brings about balance where the experience is that love replaces fear, patience replaces stress and compassion replaces selfishness.

This insightful talk is for non-meditators and meditators alike.
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19. Ancient Stories for Today

Dianne Kruger

Hear some of the oldest stories known to man. They have been told and retold over hundreds of years and still hold listeners enthralled.

Discover how great stories can open the heart and mind and lead the understanding away from the mundane and trivial towards love and reason.

Stories are an important part of the study of the Sanskrit language and give an insight into ancient kingdoms, heroic wars, the teachings of great sages, love and life.
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20. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Jean Wyder

As the first witness to the Resurrection, Mary was considered by the apostle John to be the founder of Christianity. Explore Mary’s own gospel found in Egypt in 1896, which some scholars say dates back to the early part of the second century.
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Presenter Profiles

Presenter

Craig Hassed

Associate Professor Craig Hassed is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Practice where he has been teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels since 1989. He is also coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. He has been instrumental in introducing a variety of innovations into medical education and practice in Australia and overseas with an emphasis on the application of holistic, integrative and mind-body medicine in medical practice. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, professional and educational contexts. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and is a regular media commentator on a variety of health-related subjects. He writes regularly for medical journals and has published 10 books including
• ‘New Frontiers in Medicine’ (Volumes 1 and 2)
• ‘Know Thyself’ on mindfulness-based stress management
• ‘The Essence of Health’ on the lifestyle approach to health and chronic illness
• ‘General Practice: the integrative approach’, a textbook co-authored with Kerryn Phelps
• ‘Mindfulness for Life’ written with Stephen McKenzie
• ‘Mindful Learning’ on the role of mindfulness in education written with Richard Chambers
• ‘Playing the genetic hand life dealt you’ on epigenetics
• ‘The Mindful Home’ written with Deirdre Hassed
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Dr Theja

Dr Theja is internationally well known for his accurate readings, clear explanations and the happiness, clarity and guidance he offers to his clients. His healing words will empower you to step forward happily.
He has offered amazingly accurate readings to over 10000 clients in many countries. He is based in Australia but well known as a visiting astrologer in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali, USA, Sri Lanka and Malaysia
Dr Theja was a scientist, educated in Germany whose has an international reputation of 35 years in Vedic Astrology.
Contact: 0422 050 646 or (08) 9498 7819
Websites: www.theja.com.au www.thejanews.com E-mail: drtheja@gmail.com
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Iris Whitelock

Transpersonal Art Therapist Iris Whitelock Uses a combination of art therapy and mindfulness, to focus your attention and tap into your intuition to find a different perspective on an issue, challenge, or problem. This allows you to “retire” your Inner Critic and let your innate creativity express itself. Providing an opportunity to listen to and hear your Wisdom.
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Dianne Kruger

Dianne Kruger is the Head of Sanskrit at The School of Philosophy in Perth and has been studying Sanskrit for 20 years. She has completed the Cambridge International Exams in Sanskrit up to A Levels. Dianne regularly attends the Sanskrit Residential Week at Waterperry near Oxford in England and tutors at the Australian equivalent week in January each year in either Sydney or Melbourne.
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