Like ancient Eastern and Western academies, the Seventh Academy offers tools for self-awareness and culture transformation.
As an educational organization, the Academy has no fixed doctrines, absolute truths, dogma, or rigid positions. Academy seminars focus on understanding - and the tools that help us understand. 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 life, we may need to cross a river. If we already have a raft, that's great. If we don't, we find one. Either way, the raft is just a tool. Whatever type of raft gets us across that river at that particular place is the right tool for us at that time.
Each raft is important only as long as it is useful. Once we cross the river, the Buddha advised, we can put down the raft. We don't need to carry it along with us. If and when we come to another river, we will find another raft suited to that river.
Similarly, Academy seminars offer methods for looking at the world and examining what we find here. Once these tools have been mastered, they can be applied to any 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 us master the ultimate discipline: our 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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