Meditation: A Practical Introduction

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., September 10 – October 29 (8 sessions)

JOHN CIANCIOSI NEW ENEWS TOSSThis course will give participants a comprehensive overview of both the theory and practice of meditation in plain English. The course is based on the material in The Meditative Path which is included with registration. It offers a systematic exploration of meditation beginning with relaxation of the body and mindfulness of breathing to cultivate greater awareness, concentration, and serenity. We continue by broadening the scope of our practice by cultivating mindfulness in daily activities and begin to investigate our inner world of emotions and mental states. It is a process that leads to insight, understanding, and the ability to free ourselves from stress, worry, and other negative tendencies. Each week will include a period of guided meditation.

John Cianciosi, a student of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah, was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1972 and served as spiritual director of monasteries in Thailand and Australia. He is author of The Meditative Path and is currently the director of public programs at the Theosophical Society.

Pre-registration is required.

TS members: $75 • Nonmembers: $85 (includes copy of The Meditative Path)

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Introduction to the Tarot: How to Use and Understand the Cards

Mondays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., September 16 – October 21 (6 Classes)

It's been said a picture is worth a thousand words. If this is true, imagine for a moment how many words must be contained in the 78 cards of the Tarot. The divining capabilities of these symbolic illustrations are staggering. This course will teach you how to use the Tarot for divination, psychic awareness, and tapping into the full potential of the mind. Whether you are intrigued by its mystery, philosophy, or symbolism, you must first learn to "use" the Tarot before delving deeper into its meaning. Students will leave the very first class already able to read their Tarot cards. Get ready for a new way of "seeing" using the Tarot.

Topics include:

  •         History and background of the Tarot
  •         Starting point definitions of each card
  •         Basic intuitive interpretation techniques of the cards
  •         Breakdown of a card layout and how to apply it in a reading

Vincent Pitisci is a life-long student of metaphysics and mysticism. A friend of the Theosophical Society since the 1950s, he teaches and lectures throughout Chicagoland. He is the author of Genuis of the Tarot: A Guide to Divination with the Tarot and The Essential Tarot: Unlocking the Mystery. As a professional psychic and Tarot advisor, Vince also conducts phone readings worldwide.

TS members: $70 • Nonmembers: $80

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Meditation Group

Sundays, ongoing,  11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  No class July 21 or 28

Meditaion Group

Join our meditation group every Sunday, to nurture your commitment to practice. Each week, a topic related to meditation will be presented and discussed, followed by a brief guided meditation and longer silent meditation. Instruction will be provided for beginners, but practitioners of all levels are welcome.

Facilitated by Juliana Cesano

No charge. Donations appreciated.


Yang Style Simplified T'ai Chi Ch'uan (24 Postures)

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., September 9 – November 18 (11 sessions)

Through the practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, your mind can achieve a stillness and clarity rarely experienced with other forms of exercise, integrating your body and mind and allowing you to achieve inner peace. This class will help you develop harmony with the world on a physical, mental, emotional and, ultimately, spiritual level. Practice strengthens the immune system; improves posture, balance, coordination, flexibility and strength; reduces blood pressure and stress; and releases tension, allowing a feeling of positive energy to flow through your body. Over the course of the class we will learn the complete 24-posture form.

Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes.

John Robertson has nearly 20 years of experience practicing and teaching T'ai Chi Ch'uan and qigong and is a student of Taoist philosophy. He is a Level 7 Certified Qigong Instructor with the World Ki Gong Club and a Certified Advanced Instructor and professional member of the National Qigong Association. John owns Seven Stars Martial Arts in Winfield. (

TS members: $175 • Nonmembers: $195

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Advaita Study Group

Sundays, ongoing, 6:30 to 8 p.m.  

Advaita Vedanta is a school of Hindu philosophy and spiritual practice. Each week we read and discuss chapters from an Advaita book (currently The Truth Is by Sri H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji)) and listen to or view Advaita-oriented materials from various sources.

$5 suggested donation


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