N.B. The discussion groups will be changing their format from August 2017, though the details are still under discussion. Please contact Robert (at) middlewaysociety.org for more information if you are interested in the discussion group, rather than booking under the present system.
Online group discussion using Skype video or audio conference allows you to get beyond written text on the internet and engage in direct discussion with others interested in the theory and practice of the Middle Way. This is also the main way we have at present of bringing together members in different parts of the world. Discussion is led by Robert M Ellis, but anybody in the group will be able to share their own thinking and experience in relation to the issues.
There are two ongoing discussion groups: an introductory group and a regulars’ group. There will be a new introductory group starting on Sunday 4th Sept 2016 at 7pm UK time, and alternate Sundays at the same time thereafter. The regulars’ group will continue from Sun 11th Sept 2016 at 7pm UK time, and alternate Sundays at the same time thereafter.
The two groups will be running on alternate Sundays (with some exceptions), so if you join one of these groups you would be meeting for a 1 hour discussion once every two weeks. You do not necessarily have to commit to attending absolutely all the sessions, but it will be helpful if you can have read the chapter or watched the video linked to sessions you have missed before the next session.
The introductory group will be open to anyone interested in exploring Middle Way thinking, regardless of previous experience. This group will be using the introductory videos on Middle Way Philosophy as a stimulus for discussion (starting with video 1), so you will need to have watched the video beforehand and made some notes about your questions or responses to it. The pages with these videos on the website will also have some stimulus questions and recommended reading added.
The regulars’ group will be open to people with some prior experience of the approach – for example, those who attended discussion groups or objectivity training already, or who have been on a society retreat, or who have already read ‘Migglism’ or ‘Truth on the Edge’ and feel comfortable with the approach introduced there. This group will be using sections from Robert’s more detailed ‘Middle Way Philosophy’ series as a study base, starting with the first volume, Middle Way Philosophy 1: The Path of Objectivity, and then moving onto the other volumes.
If you wish to participate in either of these groups, please let Robert know either by submitting the form below, or by emailing him). If you have not used Skype before, please go to www.skype.com and install it on your computer (it’s free). Robert will send you a contact request on Skype that you will need to respond to before the first session. You will need a microphone and speakers (or headphones) and preferably a webcam on your computer or mobile device. Please use headphones if possible, as this helps to cut down background noise (which tends to multiply in multi-point Skype calls). Please be online and on Skype by 7pm to join the discussion, but wait for Robert to connect with you together with the other participants.