The Yoga of St. John of the Cross

Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.

Juli Cesano Mysticism transcends the boundaries of traditions, fusing them in the experience of the Divine, beyond all knowledge. Spanish mystic and poet Saint John of the Cross, famous for timeless writings like Dark Night of the Soul, shares a wealth of insights on the soul’s unfoldment. This humble Carmelite friar, who played a major role in the Catholic Reformation of the 16th century, teaches us the secrets of a love that can transform even our most painful experiences into a blissful union with Oneness. 

Juliana Cesano is a second generation Theosophist and has been actively involved with the Society’s work for over twenty years. She volunteered for two years at the international headquarters in Chennai, India, and has been part of the staff at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America for the last ten years. She is a certified yoga teacher, 200 CYT, and is currently the manager of the Quest Book Shop.

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Know Thyself: Ancient Means for Self-Knowledge

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.

Jane ClearyThe Vedas form the basis for Sanatana Dharma, which, outside of India, is known as Hinduism. Between their covers are found the Upanishads, which comprise the second part of the Vedas and are collectively called “Vedanta” which means “end of the Vedas.” The subject matter of Vedanta is Self-Knowledge, and these texts follow a methodology of unfolding it which is at once simple, straightforward, and above all, effective! Who we really are versus who we think we are will open the eyes of anyone who inquires into these texts. Utilizing selected verses from various Upanishads, this presentation will unfold this Self-vision.

Janani Cleary began her pursuit in Vedanta as a yoga teacher in New York City. She then completed an intensive course in India to obtain her teaching certification and has shared knowledge and insights with students for several decades. She has been engaged with various Vedic cultural centers and other venues across the country, including participation in a White House conference. She also served as an advisor to the movie Gurukulam (2016), a documentary on what it is like to be a student in an ashram. Learn more at her website: www.optimummeditation.org.

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Join Janani for her workshop Dharma in Daily Life: Practical Application of the Upanishads on Saturday, March 21.


The Bodhisattva Ideal in Today's World

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.

Glenn MullinThe Bodhisattva, the great hero of the Mahayana, strives to reduce the suffering and increase the happiness of all sentient beings. He or she clearly sees that all beings long to be free from hardship and to experience contentment and joy, and does whatever is necessary to help them toward these goals. Madame Blavatsky found great inspiration from the Tibetan tradition on this path of "samyaksambodhi."  This lecture and slide show will explore the path of becoming a universal hero/heroine. 

Lama Glenn Mullin trained in Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas for 15 years, and has published some 30 books on Tibetan Buddhism. He has taught Buddhist meditation for the past 30 years, often touring for six months of the year through North America, Asia, and Europe. He also leads pilgrimages through the sacred sites of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan each year. For more visit www.glennmullin.com.

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Join Lama Glenn Mullin for his retreat The Ten Dharmas of Naropa Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8.


Seeing Beyond Forms: Cultivating Spiritual Maturity

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.

Pouria MontazeriTrue humility, an integral part of all authentic spiritual paths, is the awareness of the finite in the presence of the infinite. By putting teachings into practice, we cultivate an insight that enables us to see beyond forms. The eye of the heart sees things as they truly are. As we go further along the path, we find that ultimately the Doer is none other than the One Divine Source. We learn about true surrender and alignment and find our deepest calling – the most important thing in this life.

Pouria Montazeri grew up with Rumi’s poetry and teachings and is fluent in Persian. He draws from his 28 years of experience with Sufism, Advaita Vedanta, and other mystical and contemplative practices as well as his experiences as a teacher, spiritual director/coach, speaker, poet, mindfulness instructor, sangha guide, mentor, and filmmaker to support himself and others to live more creative, peaceful, and meaningful lives. He wrote, directed, and filmed Shams & Rumi: The Fragrance of Axis Mundi, which won many international film awards. For more, visit www.footprintsofrumi.com.

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Join Pouria for his workshop The Transformative Power of Remembrance Practiceson Saturday, March 28.


Atlantis Then and Now

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.

Richard SmoleyThe tale of Atlantis, the fabled prehistoric continent that sank into the Atlantic, remains fascinating to this day. Is there any truth to this legend? Do current concerns about rising ocean levels make it look more plausible than ever before? Richard Smoley explores the story of Atlantis from Plato’s dialogues to visionary Edgar Cayce to the present.

Richard Smoley is editor of Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America and the author of ten published books, the latest of which is A Theology of Love: Reimagining Christianity through “A Course in Miracles.”

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