Like ancient Eastern and Western academies, the Seventh Academy offers tools for developing self-awareness and living your life.
As an educational organization, the Academy is not interested in doctrines of absolute truth, dogma, rigid positions, or fixed ideas. Academy seminars focus on understanding - using disciplines such as dialogue, analyzing worldviews, and symbology. Thus, Academy seminars focus on method rather than content, on how rather than what.
What does this mean?
The Buddha's "Raft Parable" describes it nicely:
Along the path of your life, you may need to cross a river. If you already have a raft, that's great. If you don't, you locate or build one. Either way, the raft is just a tool along the path. Whatever type of raft gets you across that river at that particular place is the right tool for you at that time.
Each raft is important only as long as it is useful. Once you cross the river, the Buddha advised, you can put down the raft. You don't need to carry it or drag it across dry land. If and when you come to another river, you will find or build another raft suited to that river.
Similarly, Academy seminars offer methods for looking at the world and examining what we find there. Once these tools have been mastered, they can be applied to any subject or endeavor.
But they aren't meant to be carried around, worshipped, or held up as the best or only ways. They are meaningful only so long as they are useful. And they are only useful in helping you master the ultimate discipline: your own life.
This is the essence of the Seventh Academy. To learn more about the Academy's antecedents, purpose and teachings, visit The Academypage.
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