The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

May 2008
In This Issue
White Lotus Day
Member Services
National Events
Regional Events
Summer Camps
Library News










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What is Enlightenment?

by John Cianciosi

Video DVD. 68 minutes.

A former monk explains the goal of enlightenment from the Buddhist perspective.





by Stephan Hoeller

2 Audio CDs.

148 minutes.
A Gnostic scholar explains what some believe to be the esoteric teachings of Jesus revealed to the Apostle John.

The Fundamentalist Mind
How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All

Stephen Larsen

In Fundamentalist Mind, Dr. Larsen follows suit with famed 20th century mythologist Joseph Campbell, citing both the creative potential and destructive power of myth. This book will help people of all religious, political, and social persuasions understand their inner fundamentalist. Dr. Larsen even provides exercises that help us identify negative thinking and teach us how to live more flexible, thoughtful lives.




a new community blog about theosophy with contributors from all over the world, hosted

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Madame Blavatsky requested that there be a day in each year set aside to recall the Society itself to think that out of the grossness, out of the chaos of things dark, in due season grew a very precious flower, something which gave birth to a new movement. May 8th is called White Lotus Day after the East Indian lotus symbol of the flower of perfection, which grows from the waters and the grossness of life. Let us once in the year, see what this Society is about, what it has done and can do. It has been the builder of a far greater pattern than any one person in it knows anything about. It may not be making a great noise, it may not be doing the things that we look at as so important in life, but it is actually by its very preoccupation with ideas, by the people whom it sends out, it is forming a nucleus for the universal brotherhood of mankind.


A White Lotus Day Address by Roy Mitchell


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"Understanding Ourselves
in the Cosmos"
The 122nd Summer National Gathering of the Theosophical Society in America
July 25 - 29
, 2008, with a Study Extension July 30-31. Come for the beginning, come for the end, come for a day, or come for all of it.
Saturday, July 26, is open to the public. The rest of the days are for TSA Members only.
Key Speakers: Amit Goswami, Ravi Ravindra and Joy Mills.
Don't Miss "What Theosophy teaches us concerning our place in the Cosmos" with David Ely, Cynthia Tabaya, Claradene Wycoff, and Ruth Mills.
Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond!
Follow in her footsteps. Glen Mullin will lead you on an amazing journey. October 3 - 20, 2008. www.mysticaltibet.com .
The Journey From Darkness to Light.
The Inter-American Theosophical Federation hosts this Congress at Wheaton on September 17 - 21, 2008. Join us and strengthen the bonds of fellowship within this international gathering of Theosophists. For info, go to: https://dev.theosophical.org/events/news/IATF.php .
Mystical Heart of Christianity: Moving Beyond
Join us at this year's National Conference on October 31 to November 2, 2008, in Holyoke, MA, for a stimulating exploration of esoteric Christianity. For info, go to: https://dev.theosophical.org/events/conferences/national08/index.html


Healing Veterans 

Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-24, Friday evening and all day Saturday. War and the Soul author Ed Tick leads a two-day workshop in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The Monmouth County Theosophical Society is sponsoring this event, and the location is still to be determined. For information call Beth Robinson at 732-695-2758, or email theos.soc.mon.cty@gmail.com. Friday night's workshop is open to the entire community. Saturday the focus is on veterans, their loved ones, and healing professionals.

Ozark Theosophical Education Center and Camp

June 5-8, 2008, Sulphur Springs, Arkansas. Major topics will be "Esoteric Legends, Stories, and Traditions", "Chinese Metaphysics", and "Feng Shui". Rooms will be available for $33 a night, with an additional charge of $5 for each additional person. A vegetarian meal plan is also available at a cost of  $35 per person for the weekend. The program fee is $20 for singles and $35 for couples. For more information call Nancy Blott at 405-412-1971, or write to Elwin Barrett, President, 1020 N. Harding St. Wichita, KS 67208.
Sex and Spirituality

Ron Miller
Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m. (CST)


Watch this live webcast at no charge. Viewers may send in comments or questions for the speaker while the program is in progress.




Tai Chi Chuan, an ongoing Friday class, 7:15 - 8:30 pm.

The focus will be on the meditative and health aspects of Tai Chi Chuan. All levels are welcome. Ben Furman has over 20 years experience in martial arts. He has studied Tai Chi Chuan with several 1st and 2nd generation students of Professor Cheng Man-Ching. Cost is $10 per class, $9 for members.

Belief Becomes Biology, by Ranjan, Thursday May 1, 7 p.m. Explore new perspectives about the mind/body connection. $9 for guests and $7 for members. 

Interfaith Peace Prayers Group, led by Mazher F. Ahmed, Friday, May 2, 7 p.m. People of all faiths are warmly invited to attend this free event. Refreshments and conversation to follow.


Engaging Wisdom and Compassion, by Gelek Rimpoche, Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m. Learn about traditional Tibetan Buddhism from a spiritual teacher and best-selling author who was born and raised in Lhasa. No charge, donations appreciated.


White Lotus Day Commemoration Program, May 8, 7 p.m. Celebrate the life and legacy of Helena Blavatsky with poetry, readings and music. No charge, donations welcomed.


Sex and Spirituality, by Ron Miller, Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m. Explore the two primary models of spiritual growth that were in competition in the early Christian centuries. $9 for guests and $7 for members.


Remembrance and Blessing, by Tim Boyd, Thursday, May 22, 7 p.m. Join us in an evening focused on a ceremony of remembrance and blessing for those who have passed on, as well as, for ourselves. No charge, donations welcomed.


Does Grammar Have a Role in the Life of the Spirit? Lawrence Weinstein, Thursday, May 29, 7 p.m. Language molds thinking, and changing how we use language can change our lives. His latest book, Grammar for the Soul (Quest Books, 2007), was featured in the May issue of O Magazine. He will be available for book signing after the program. $9 for guests and $7 for members.




In 1908 Annie Besant founded the Theosophical Order of Service (TOS). Many members of the Society wanted to actively promote the First Object of the Society: To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color. TOS offers a framework in which individuals may demonstrate practical and humanitarian actions in a theosophical spirit, whether or not they are members of the Theosophical Society.


Becoming a Totally Responsible Person is a workshop being sponsored by the Theosophical Order of Service on Saturday, May 31, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Theosophical Society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL 60187. The cost is $65 before May 15 and $75 after. For information call 630-668-1571, ext. 306, or go to www.theoservice.org . "Totally Responsible P

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