In 1961 Leon MacLaren made contact with a leading figure of an ancient philosophical and spiritual tradition in India, Shri Shantananda Saraswati; the Shankaracharya of the northern seat of that tradition.
The first meeting between the two in 1965 opened up a new direction in the School’s studies. The Shankaracharya offered guidance on the study of the ancient philosophical and scriptural writings of India, which form the basis of the philosophy called Advaita Vedanta, and on the practice of meditation.
Today, the study of philosophy founded on Advaita Vedanta remains the central subject in the School and forms the essential reference for all other studies. Economics continues to be studied also, but in addition other groups were established in the 1970s to study subjects such as art, architecture, astronomy, calligraphy, dance, education, music, Renaissance studies, language, science and Vedic mathematics.