The School of Practical Philosophy and Meditation in Arizona is a branch of the School of Practical Philosophy, New York, a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, that enjoys tax-exempt status as a Section 501(c)3 organization pursuant to the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Among the purposes listed in its corporate charter are:
- To study the great philosophical and religious teachings of the past and present
- To teach and demonstrate how these principles can be put to practical and effective use
- To promote the observation of the natural laws governing relationships among members of society
- To examine the principles, ideals, customs and traditions upon which the United States was established
- To sponsor a series of lectures on philosophy, economics and related subjects by distinguished guests
About the school
In practical terms, the School has two aspects: the educational side, concerned with the courses, studies and activities that are offered to the general public and to the regular and associate members of the School; and the organizational side, concerned with the provision of instructors, legal and regulatory compliance, administration and day-to-day operations.
All educational aspects are led by the senior tutor, who decides the direction and content of course material and studies, deals with the appointment of instructors or “tutors” as they are called and other related matters. The current Senior Tutor is Barry Steingard who has held that position since 1996. The Senior Tutor appoints a Principal of the School who assists in the various activities and operations of the School. The current Principal is Russell Bosworth.
The organizational side is governed by the By-Laws of the School. The By-Laws create two classes of members: Associate Members and Regular Members. Associate Membership is defined as open to and consisting of all persons interested in the purposes of the School who are currently enrolled in one or more study groups authorized by the School. The Regular Membership consists of those Associate Members in good standing who have been elected by the Board of Trustees to become Regular Members of the School. Good Standing is defined to be a person who has progressed satisfactorily in the courses of instruction offered by the School, has implemented these principles in practice, and has acted in furtherance of the goals and activities of the School. The Board of Trustees meets periodically to consider inviting additional Associate Members into the Regular Membership.
There are presently 60 Regular Members in the School. At its annual meeting the Regular Membership elects three of its members to the Board of Trustees. There are currently a total of nine members of the Board of Trustees, each of whom serve for a term of three years. This makes for a three-year rotating cycle, with the terms of three members ending each year and three seats open to election.
Our Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the control, management and supervision of the affairs of the School. In turn, the Board of Trustees elects from its members for a two-year term a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Finding a school
There are 70 sister schools around the world – in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand – each one reflecting the society in which it was established. The first of these, the School of Economic Science, was founded in London in 1937, and continues to flourish today.