Thursday Evening Programs

Understanding Hope and Fear: A Taoist Approach to Living

Thursday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. 

StephenWatson_FThe twins of Hope and Fear, the two most common motivating forces, are secretly behind most action or non-action. However, a life lived solely in response to the urges of Hope and Fear rejects the present moment in favor of an imaginary better one. Is there a way to remain in the moment as we hurtle through this wonderful, excruciating, and uncertain life? The steady, whisper-soft voice of the Taoist sage guides us along that path. 

Stephen Watson has immersed himself in Eastern philosophy for over 30 years. His martial arts training (the how) began in concert with his interest in philosophy (the why). Stephen’s motto is: When you have enough “Whys,” you have “Wise.” He is regularly featured in Inside Kung-Fu magazine for both his jovial personality and world-class skill. An international, 12-time U.S., and world champion in Tai Chi push hands, he operates a small martial arts school in Connecticut where he hosts masters and students. Visit his Web site: for more information.

$10 for guests   $5 for members

Please join Stephen for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, Saturday April 26. See Special Events. He is also offering two workshops, Harmonize and Heal with Tai Chi, Saturday, April 26 and A World of Healing, Sunday, April 27. See Workshops and Retreats!

Cultivating the Inner Advantage

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. Live Webcast!

TimBoyd_FAwareness gives us the ability to navigate through the world with a sense of ease. Those who have made some progress along this path manifest a certain quality that we easily recognize. This awareness is not a genetic inheritance or a gift from on high, but something that needs to be consciously cultivated. Most traditions regard meditation as the paramount tool for cultivating awareness and the understanding that arises from exploring our inner worlds. 

Tim Boyd, president of the Theosophical Society in America, is a founding member of a spiritual community that was active in Chicago’s inner city for more than 25 years. His involvement with the Theosophical Order of Service and the Chushul orphanage in Tibet resulted in the TSA’s sponsoring the Dalai Lama’s visit to Chicago in July 2011. Tim lectures internationally, conducting workshops on Theosophy and spirituality.

$10 for guests   $5 for members 

Join Tim in our beautiful library on the first Tuesday of the month for “Conversations with the President”—a more casual discussion and exchange of ideas. See Classes and Groups.

Divine Sound: An Introduction to Hindu Vedic Chant

Thursday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. 

JanetBowen_FVedic chant is said to be one of the oldest methods of spiritual practice. For contemporary practitioners, it is also a powerful tool for improving mental focus, communication, memory, and self-confidence. In addition to exploring the meaning and pronunciation of Vedic chant, we will use the listen-and-repeat method to learn some simple mantras. Bring your voice and learn a chant for well-being of body and spirit. 

Janet Bowen is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Teacher with the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. She has taught yoga in the Chicago area since 2003 and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. Janet’s chant teacher is Chase Bossart and her mentor is Kate Holcombe, both long-time students of T.K.V. Desikachar.

$10 for guests   $5 for members 

Bring your voice to Janet’s Vedic Chanting class beginning May 12. 

Paranormal Investigations

Thursday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.

Mary MarshallUnearth the deceptive truth about yourself and your capabilities as a paranormal investigator dealing with many different types of paranormal phenomenon. Hauntings, psychics/mediums, even aliens and UFOs will be brought into the discussion. Learn the important roles neuroscience and other scientific fields play in discovering the truth as well as in making correlations as a paranormal researcher and investigator. 

Mary Marshall helped develop one of the first Paranormal Studies Programs. She teaches at Harper College and College of DuPage. Researching the paranormal for over 25 years, Mary is the founder and director of The Paranormal MD, a paranormal investigation team located in northwest Illinois. To learn more go to

 $10 for guests   $5 for members

Join Mary’s Saturday class,The Science of Paranormal Investigation  and learn to investigate the paranormal. See Classes and Groups.

Tarot Archetypes of Action

Thursday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. Live Webcast!

PaulQuinn_FMany Tarot archetypes are depicted as human characters in stiff poses, while others—the “action figures”—seem to leap, gallop, or fly right off of the cards. Explore the themes of movement and change in the Tarot and the “soul invitations” these cards offer for making creative and meaningful changes in our lives. 

Paul Quinn is the author of the Quest Books best seller, Tarot for Life: Reading the Cards for Everyday Guidance and Growth. Listed by Chicago Magazine as a "top talent" in Tarot, Paul conducts Tarot consultations and classes. Visit his Web site: www.thespirited

 $10 for guests   $5 for members

The Tarot Meet-up with Paul meets on the 4th Saturday of the month. See Classes and Groups.

Osiris and Quetzalcoatl: Allegories of the Archetypical Journey to Illumination

Thursday, May 29, 7:00 p.m. Live Webcast!

MartinLeiderman_FThe spiritual journey is characterized by a series of events that raise a person to a higher state of consciousness, enabling one to contemplate and participate in higher realities. Examine the mythical lives of the Egyptian Osiris and the Toltec Quetzalcoatl and explore how their symbolic representations in ancient myth provide teachings for today’s modern life. 

Martin Leiderman, an industrial engineer by profession and a student of Theosophy for more than 30 years, lectures nationally and internationally for the Theosophical Society in both English and Spanish, in the areas of Theosophy, symbology, and philosophy. His presentations combine beautiful illustrations and comparative study with lively, interactive discussion.

 $10 for guests   $5 for members

This program is one of Martin’s public presentations for Theosophy In Action the Inter-American Theosophical Federation Congress hosted by the Theosophical Society. See Special Events.

Know Thyself: An Essential Step for Self-transformation

Thursday, June 5,  7:00 p.m. 

JulianaCesano_FRegardless of the spiritual path we have chosen, self-knowledge stands at the top of the list of requirements of any genuine practice. Without it, there is not only the danger of deception, but also the risk of ignoring our full potential. This talk will explore the fundamental importance of self-knowledge and how we can cultivate this understanding in our own lives. 

Juliana Cesano became a member of the Theosophical Society in her native Argentina and has also been on staff at the international headquarters of the TS in Adyar, Chennai, India. She has presented internationally, written for Theosophical journals, and currently lives and works at the TS in America headquarters in Wheaton, IL.

Join Juliana’s Meditative Yoga classes on Tuesdays and Saturdays. See Classes and Groups.

Exploring the Powers Latent in Human Beings

Thursday, June 12, 7:00 p.m. Live Webcast!

PabloSender_FThere is growing evidence that human beings possess, at least potentially, certain powers beyond the range of our five senses. Theosophical teachings state that this extrasensory perception is not physical, but rather psychic and spiritual in nature. Explore the range of these powers, how they are possible, and their value in leading a meaningful life. 

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, Spain, England, and the three Americas. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his Web site:

 $10 for guests   $5 for members

Join Pablo for the Living Theosophy Series. See Classes and Groups.

The Evolving Soul of Humanity

Thursday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. Live Webcast!

WilliamMeader_FCrisis is a prerequisite to spiritual transformation. The present crisis facing humanity is an indication that a great transformational opportunity is approaching. The Soul of Humanity is in the process of awakening, and global crisis is its forerunner. Various spiritual approaches that can support humanity’s transition into a brighter future will be explored. 

William Meader is one of the most influential and respected international teachers of Ageless Wisdom or Esoteric philosophy. Author of Shine Forth: The Soul's Magical Destiny, William has also published numerous articles on all aspects of spirituality. Visit his Web site:

$10 for guests   $5 for members

The Power of Loving-kindness Meditation

Thursday, June 26, 7:00 p.m. 

Vimala BhikkhuniThe practice of loving-kindness meditation was highly praised by the Buddha as a most effective way for opening the heart and generating the positive emotions of love and compassion. It is an antidote for stress, anxiety, anger, and depression, and it can be developed by everyone. The evening’s program includes a guided meditation and discussion. 

Bhikkhuni Vimala is an ordained Buddhist nun practicing in the Theravada tradition. She leads meditation and other classes at Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, IL. In addition to weekly meditation groups in Wisconsin, Vimala travels regularly to Nevada and California for meditation workshops and classes. 

$10 for guests   $5 for members

Join Vimala on Saturday, June 28 for Expand and Develop Your Meditation Practice, a day-long meditation mini-retreat. See Workshops and Retreats