Announcements

Winter Quarter Begins

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“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

As the temperature begins to drop and the new year quickly approaches we begin to reflect on the months past and we begin to look ahead. We begin to envision a future more in line with our truest aspirations, with a new determination and willingness to believe and work towards a higher good.

This upcoming year will be filled with all kinds of new excitement at UPR. We will be kicking off our Second Saturday Speaker’s Platform on January 14th with “Mentoring the Inner Journey,” a lecture and discussion with Dr. Jonathan Young in our auditorium. In conjunction with this series, our library and bookstore will be open to the public each second Saturday of the month. We welcome everyone to come visit and join our Los Angeles and global, online community. We hope to see you soon.

UPR’s Winter Enrollment Deadline is Monday, January 9th, two weeks before the quarter is scheduled to begin on the 23rd. If you have been thinking of enrolling into any of our programs or taking single courses, now is the time to contact us for more information and to begin your application process. Our offices are open M-F 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

Winter Quarter Courses:

B.A. Liberal Studies:

PHI 302 – Foundations of Greek Philosophy
PSY 302 – Attention Mechanics
CUL 323 – Stories That Tell Us Who We Are: Myth and Meaning for Today
REL 341 – Introduction to Indic Wisdom Literature

 

M.A. Transformational Psychology / M.A. Consciousness Studies

REL 513 – Wisdom of the Kabbalah
REL 521 – The Language of the Gods
PHI 532 – Conceptions & Experiences of the Afterlife
PSY 506 – Essentials of Mind-Body Medicine
PSY 532 – Near Death Experiences
PSY 513 – Dreams & the Quest for Meaning

 

A Thanksgiving Prayer

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On this Thanksgiving, the greatest gift for which we can express gratitude is the certainty of the advent of a larger spiritual existence that is leading the earth to the oneness of mankind, to a divine age on earth. It is this that makes the future of mankind one of joy and not sorrow. It is this which enables us at this Thanksgiving Day to look to the days ahead no with foreboding but assurance. God will say to us as He did through Moses to the ancient Hebrews after he had brought them out of slavery in Egypt: You have seen how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you unto myself. (Exodus 10:3)

That is the vision of America that has justified the hopes of our forefathers, and of which our nation stands as a living and enduring example. Hundreds of years ago on these shores they reverently thanked God on this holiday for preserving them and the liberty for which they crossed the stormy seas to a new and more bountiful land. We thank God that He has preserved us in liberty to this very hour. Through God’s grace may this spiritual vision re-cross the seas from these American shores to the ends of the earth.

Obadiah Harris 

Fall Quarter Begins

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Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. -Buddha

With the first half of the year complete, we now begin to evaluate all that we’ve accomplished thus far and what is yet to come. Maybe our goals have shifted and we are reevaluating just how to approach this life, or maybe we are now just remembering our true calling and are ready to take it all on. Whatever the case, here at UPR we believe that now is the time to move forward and evolve into the very best we can be. Every book, every teacher, every experience is an opportunity for transformation and conscious expansion. The interconnectivity and wisdom that students are immersed in while studying at UPR is truly one-of-a-kind. As artists and musicians, scientists and psychologists, our students are inspired and guided by their studies here at UPR to be the best they can be, to create a better world for all of us.

If you have been thinking of enrolling in one of our programs, now is the time to begin the application process. Our offices are open Monday-Friday at 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

 

Here’s what we’re offering this upcoming fall quarter:

M.A. courses:

PHI 503 – The Birth of Consciousness in Early Greek Thought
PHI 513 – Mind in the Cosmos: The Evolution of Consciousness
PHI 514 – Determinism, Reductionism and Final Causes in Physics
REL 522 – Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita
PSY 503 – Self Regulation: Foundation of Human Potential
PSY 504 – Introduction to Relational Gestalt
PSY 512 – Mythic Stories in Depth Psychology
PSY 515 – Tarot and Transformation

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: graduate-academics

 

A Letter From the Dean

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From the President:

I would like to welcome and introduce you to a new professor and administrator at our university.  He is Dr. Greg Salyer who will also serve as Dean of Students. He comes to us with a Ph.D. in Literature and Religious Studies from Emory University. His experience includes many years working in higher education administration – most recently Dr. Salyer developed an undergraduate program at Boston University. He is totally at home at UPR where integral philosophy and wisdom literature are emphasized with all programs. He is comfortable with online coursework as he has a decade of teaching experience using this format.

We are delighted to have Dr. Salyer with us. You will enjoy him too.

Obadiah Harris, Ph.D.

President

University of Philosophical Research

 

Greg_SalyerDear Students, Friends, and Faculty at the University of Philosophical Research,

I tend to interpret my life in terms of literature, especially mythology. When I think of my professional journeys, I always think of Odysseus, Homer’s reluctant hero who travels far and experiences much. It’s been a fascinating journey with not a few gods and monsters along the way. I’m pleased to add the University of Philosophical Research to this trek, where it feels as if I have come home.

My journey has included numerous teaching and administrative positions from small liberal arts colleges to major research universities. I have written and presented on a variety of topics in literature, philosophy, and religion. My first online course was in 2000, and I have taught online in one form or another since then. It is a fascinating time in higher education, and I look forward to being a part of UPR and its contributions to new and vital ways of learning wisdom.

And I look forward to learning from and with you. Already, I have seen that the UPRS community is unique. Competencies and credentialing are important, and we certainly celebrate both. More important than those, however, is wisdom, which is your goal (and mine). Wisdom is the story behind every story, the presence behind every argument, and the alpha and omega of life itself. I congratulate you on choosing to seek wisdom and to do so along this unique and communal path that is the University of Philosophical Research. It is my great pleasure to join you.

 

Greg Salyer, Ph.D.

Dean of Students

The University of Philosophical Research

 

 

Summer Quarter Begins July 25th

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.” ―  Edna St. Vincent Millay

The excitement of summer has already started to move through Los Angeles. The days are longer, the nights warmer, and the full blossom of spring has since come and gone. The purple jacarandas are now dropping their flowers throughout the streets and people are heading for the ocean. What a beautiful time to be alive, to celebrate and cultivate all that makes us who we are, in the best way possible.

We have made huge strides in the digitization and preservation of our library catalogs and after so much patient labor, we are pleased to announce public visiting hours once again at the following link.  We are proud to welcome two of our newest professors, Dr. Greg Salyer and Dr. Joseph Conti, who will be administering some of our most popular courses this upcoming quarter. We also want to welcome all of the newest additions to our student body coming in from around the globe and wish everyone a bright, beautiful and prosperous summer season.

If you have been thinking of enrolling in one of our programs, now is the time to begin the application process. Our offices are open Monday-Friday at 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

Here’s what we’re offering this upcoming summer quarter:

Spring Quarter Begins April 25th

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 

―Rainer Maria Rilke

As this new year rumbles along, we see Spring not too far ahead. With its abundant light and green verdant fields, we can sense it is a time for rebirth, renewal and positive change. What time better than now to add to your repertoire of knowledge? To enliven the fields of your spirit, within which the seeds of your dreams and life goals have been sown?

During this most beautiful time, we wish to offer you a new quarter full of inspiring and enriching courses. 

Here’s what we’re offering:


UPR’s Spring enrollment deadline is Monday, April 11th, two weeks before the quarter is scheduled to begin on April 25th. If you have been thinking of enrolling into any of our programs or taking single courses, now is the time to contact us for more information and to begin your application process. Our offices are open M-F 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

Winter Quarter Begins January 25th

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer…. ~Albert Camus

  
With the days getting shorter and the nights colder, we are all beginning to feel winter creeping in. As we begin to wrap up 2015 we also begin to plan for the year to come. What new wisdom might it have in store for us? Where could such knowledge lead us? During this potent time, UPR wishes to invite you to join us this Winter Quarter on a one-of-a-kind educational journey.
 
This upcoming quarter we will be offering access to lectures for one of our undergraduate courses: REL 241 – Introduction to Indic Wisdom Literature on a non-credit basis free of cost. For more information on our undergraduate program and additional enrollment options, please visit the following link.
 
UPR's Winter Enrollment Deadline is Monday, January 11th, two weeks before the quarter is scheduled to begin on January 25th. If you have been thinking of enrolling into any of our programs or taking single courses, now is the time to contact us for more information and to begin your application process. Our offices are open M-F 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

 


Here's what we're offering:

B.A. Courses

PHI 202 – Foundations of Greek Philosophy 
PSY 202 – Attention Mechanics
CUL 251 – The Transcendent in Science Fiction
REL 241 – Introduction to Indic Wisdom Literature*

*Offered this upcoming quarter on a non-credit basis free of cost. 

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: /undergraduate-academics/

Fall Quarter Invitation

 

No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace / As I have seen in one Autumnal face…. ~John Donne, "Elegy IX: The Autumnal"

  
With Fall right around the corner, colors begin to change and this Summer's excitement ripens to reveal the cool calmness of Autumn. UPR wishes to invite all seekers, scholars and learners to join us this Fall quarter in a one-of-a-kind educational journey.
 
This Fall quarter we will be offering access to lectures for one of our undergraduate courses: PSY 201 – Self-Regulation and Human Potential on a non-credit basis free of cost. For more information on our undergraduate program and additional enrollment options, please visit the following link.
 
Don't miss Jonathan Young and Anne Bach's upcoming workshop and webinar, The Inner life of the Holidays (click here for more information) on September 12th, or a reading with Dr. Obadiah Harris on October 3rd in our bookstore from his newest book, The Simple Life, published and released by Tarcher Penguin this September. Click here to purchase a copy now on Amazon. Make sure to join our mailing list at the bottom of this page to stay updated on an exciting new series of events we plan to offer this upcoming quarter.
 
UPR's Fall enrollment deadline is Monday, October 12th, two weeks before the quarter is scheduled to begin on October 26th. If you have been thinking of enrolling into any of our programs or taking single courses, now is the time to contact us for more information and to begin your application process. Our offices are open M-F 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

 


Here's what we're offering:

B.A. Courses

PHI 201 – Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 251 – Introduction to Modern Western Esotericism
PSY 201 – Self Regulation and Human Potential*
CUL 206 – The Art of the Essay
REL 201 – Introduction to Religions of the World
 

*Offered this upcoming quarter on a non-credit basis free of cost. 

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: /undergraduate-academics/

Summer Quarter Invitation

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. – Wallace Stevens

This Summer at UPR is looking to be an exciting one. We will be offering our community a new lecture series on The Art of Buddhism through September and an all day Workshop and Webinar with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach. We are also pleased to announce our newest graduate course, PHI 531 - The Hermetic Tradition, taught by professor Richard Geldard, M.A. Consciousness Studies faculty and UPR’s undergraduate Dean of Academics.
This upcoming quarter we will be offering access to lectures for two of our undergraduate courses: PHI 203 – The Examined Life and REL 202 – Stages of Spiritual Growth on a non-credit basis free of cost. For more information on our undergraduate program and additional enrollment options, visit the following link.

UPR’s Summer enrollment deadline is Monday, July 13th, two weeks before the quarter is scheduled to begin (July 27th). If you have been thinking of enrolling into any of our programs or taking single courses, now is the time to contact us for more information and to begin your application process. Our offices are open M-F 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hourse at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

Here’s what we’re offering:

M.A. courses:

PHI 531 – The Hermetic Tradition
REL 511 – Understanding the Bible
REL 512 – The Wisdom of Islam
REL 523 – Buddhism in the Modern World
PSY 521 – Spiritual Psychology
PSY 523 – Buddhist Psychology & Methods of Healing
PSY 524 – The Yoga of Integral Transformation

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: http://www.uprs.edu/graduate-academics/

B.A. Courses

PHI 203 – The Examined Life*
PSY 222 – The I Ching: Archetypes of Transformation
CUL 251 – The Transcendent in Science Fiction
REL 202 – Stages of Spiritual Growth*
REL 203 – The Human & The Divine: A Comparative Anthropology

*Offered this upcoming quarter on a non-credit basis for a limited time free of cost. 

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: http://www.uprs.edu/undergraduate-academics/

Professor Raymond Moody Returns for Upcoming Winter Quarter

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UPR welcomes back professor Raymond Moody, who coined the term “near death experiences” and will be teaching two courses this upcoming Winter quarter, along with his assistant and collaborator Lisa Smartt.

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PSY 432 – Near Death Experiences and Paranormal Phenomena

This course is an overview of extraordinary experiences related to death and dying. In connection, lectures bring to light critical weaknesses in the three traditional perspectives on the paranormal—parapsychology, “skeptical” scientism, and fundamentalist demonology—and propose a new theory of paranormal phenomena, rooted in ancient practices for facilitating the common experience of seeing spirits of deceased loved ones. The course will close with a prospectus for exciting future research that portends to shed light on the most fascinating enigma of all—the mystery of life after death. 

 

 

PHI202_coverPHI 202 – Foundations of Greek Philosophy

During a period of only two hundred and eighty years (600 to 320 BCE), a handful of Greek thinkers set the agenda for the Western intellectual and academic tradition that has followed. In that relatively short time, they formulated the basic concepts of grammar, truth and falsehood, material substance and force. They founded the university system that persists today and devised the first code of logic. They propounded a theory of evolution and the atomic theory of matter. But the early Greek philosophers did not separate the search for knowledge from the spiritual quest. This course sets ancient philosophy against its spiritual and paranormal background: oracular prophecies, out-of-body experiences, shamanic journeys into the other world, and evocation of the spirits of the deceased.

 

 

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Raymond A. Moody, Jr, M.D., Ph.D. | M.D., Medical College of Georgia, Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Virginia, specializing in logic, philosophy of language, and Ancient Greek philosophy. Author of Life After Life and other books about near-death experiences, alternate states of consciousness and paranormal phenomena. Dr. Moody was resident in psychiatry at University of Virginia Medical Center and has served as a professor of philosophy and psychology at various universities.

 

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