The Theosophical Society in America

Thursday Lecture Series

National Center Lecture Series

The Theosophical Society in America National Headquarters Join us on Thursday evenings for informative and diverse presentations on a wide range of topics. All programs are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. at our National Center: 
1926 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL

Admission is $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members (unless otherwise noted). Programs are wheelchair accessible.


The History of Our Future

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

Tim BoydAs human beings, we find ourselves living in a universe that seems vast beyond our comprehension. We may think that it is challenging enough merely to understand ourselves, let alone our relationship with the greater, universal life. However, the Ageless Wisdom tradition suggests that not only do we have within us the "mind to embrace the universe," but that in a fundamental way we are not separate from it. An awareness of our shared "history" can bring healing, power, and peace to daily life.

Tim Boyd, president of the Theosophical Society in America, is also the international president of the Theosophical Society. A long-time student of the Ancient Wisdom, Tim lectures internationally, conducting workshops on Theosophy and spirituality.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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The Need for Perennial Wisdom in Today’s World

Thursday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.

Rabbi Rami ShapiroReligion comes in two forms: parochial and perennial. The former focuses on the uniqueness of each faith, the latter on their commonality. Theosophy was (and is) a celebration of the perennial. Decades ago, it stood almost alone in this; today, the world’s religious are catching up and catching on, and bringing (sometimes dragging) their religions along with them. In this overview of Perennial Wisdom, Rabbi Rami will explore what it is, why it is so essential to our time, and where it may be going.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Ph.D., is an award–winning author of over thirty books on religion and spirituality. A professor of religious studies, student of the Ramakrishna Order of Vedanta Hinduism, and a congregational rabbi, Rabbi Rami currently directs the One River Foundation for the study of Perennial Wisdom and heads its World Wisdom Bible project. He also writes the “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” column for Spirituality and Health magazine, and hosts the magazine’s weekly podcast, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami ( Contact him through his website:

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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On Saturday, May 6, join Rabbi Rami for The Sacred Art of Loving-kindness, an all- day workshop. 

The Heart and Spiritual Consciousness

Thursday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.

Pablo SenderThe heart is popularly regarded in connection to feelings, emotions and desires. However, from an esoteric point of view, the heart is the seat of the spiritual consciousness in human beings. It is for this reason that most spiritual traditions have designed different meditations and prayers centered on the heart. Pablo will explore esoteric teachings on the heart and how meditation on it can hasten the awakening of spiritual consciousness.

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, several European countries, and the three Americas. He is an author and a prolific writer of articles published in various Theosophical journals. Learn more at his website:

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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On Saturday, May 13, Pablo will lead the day-long White Lotus Retreat

The Big Bang

 Thursday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.

Dan HooperThe Big Bang theory defines modern cosmology. Today, scientists are in virtually uniform agreement that the universe has expanded over the past approximately 14 billion years from a hot and dense state. Dr. Hooper will discuss the Big Bang theory along with observations and measurements that have left the scientific community convinced of its validity.

Dan Hooper, Ph.D., is member of Fermilab's theoretical astrophysics group and an associate professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interface between particle physics and astrophysics, and in particular on the questions related to dark matter. He is the author Dark Cosmos and Nature's Blueprint.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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Gaining Insight through Silence

Thursday, May 25, 7:00 p.m.

John CianciosiThe ability to think is a gift. With practice, we can learn to use thinking to generate positive and beneficial mental states. However, thinking cannot bring into being radically new realizations. What we call intuition, revelation, or insight arises spontaneously not from thought, but from the silence and stillness of mind. Through study and careful reflection we can prepare the foundation, but for the arising of deep understanding, we need to feel intimately comfortable with the silence from which thought arises.

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 (Quest Books, 2001) and is currently the director of Public Programs at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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Spiritual Ecology

Thursday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.

Danelys VarcarcelToday we face an increasing number of environmental challenges that threaten not only our beautiful blue planet, but the very future of humanity. The Ageless Wisdom offers a profound spiritual perspective into our relationship with, and responsibility toward, the natural world. It further suggests that by means of self-purification and universal brotherhood, humanity can regain a more conscious equilibrium with Nature.

Danelys Valcarcel Cuellar, a Cuban-born artist, is a student of Theosophy, Anthroposophy, and Hindu philosophy who has dedicated the past thirteen years of her life researching the field of spiritual education. Currently working at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America, Danelys is also a Montessori, Waldorf, and Krishnamurti teacher.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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Join Danelys on Saturday, June 3 for her Soul Ecology workshop.

New Discoveries in the Tarot

Thursday, June 8, 7:00 p.m.

Richard SmoleyThe Tarot deck is one of the mainstays of the Western mystical tradition. But some facts about its symbolism have remained uncovered until now—especially about the 22 cards known as the Major Arcana. Taken from French esotericism, these findings cast important new light on the relation of the Major Arcana to the Hebrew alphabet and sacred geometry. Richard will present these new findings with a focus on the Tarot of Marseille.

Richard Smoley, editor of Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America, is the author of nine books on spirituality and mysticism. His latest is How God Became God: What Scholars Are Really Saying about God and the Bible.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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Mindfulness: An Emerging Paradigm

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

Jagdish DaveMindfulness, rooted in Buddhism, has been accepted as a secular paradigm in the Western world since Jon Kabat-Zinn popularized it 35 years ago. But what exactly is mindfulness, and what are the benefits of practicing mindfulness meditation? Dr. Davé will answer these questions and explain how to integrate mindfulness into everyday life for stress reduction and holistic well-being. The presentation includes a guided mindfulness meditation.

Dr. Jagdish P. Davé, Ph.D., Psy.D., has a rich educational, experiential and professional background in Eastern and Western cultures. In recent years, his focus has been on holistic health, stress management, mindfulness parenting, and multicultural wellness conferences and workshops. He is an active consultant, counselor, and educator at Desert Garden Montessori School in Phoenix, AZ.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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Join Dr. Jagdish Davé on Saturday, June 17 for his Mindfulness for Holistic Well-being workshop

Integrating Body, Energy, and Color Psychologies to Master Consciousness and Heal

Thursday, June 22, 7:00 p.m.

Empower others and discover your unique inner language of healing that speaks to body, mind, and heart. Integrating somatic, energy, and color psychologies enables comprehensive healing that speaks to all levels of being. By embracing our “Higher/Holographic” mind, we heal, releasing our pain and attachments to the past.

Brent Baum, STB, SSL, CADC, CCH, is an internationally-recognized author, instructor, trauma resolution specialist, and psychotherapist. The developer of Holographic Memory Resolution (HMR), he has been involved in crisis intervention since the 1990s. He is cofounder of Michael’s Gift (, a nonprofit charity, and author of The Healing Dimensions, Living as Light and Surviving Trauma School Earth.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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The Buddha’s Teaching of Non-self and the Illusion of Free Will

Thursday, June 29, 7:00 p.m.

Ajahn ChandakoThe most distinctive and iconic teaching of the Buddha is that of non-self – that there is no true self or soul behind the flow of actions, speech, thoughts and emotions with which we identify. However, if that's the case, who is making decisions? Is there free will? This talk explores how the Buddha addresses our conventional sense of self while simultaneously teaching contemplative meditations designed to uproot the delusions that keep us attached to fictitious projections of who we think we are.

Ajahn Chandako earned a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and began applying himself to training in meditation. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1990 in the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah. After 20 years of study with Buddhist masters in the U.S. and Asia, Ajahn Chandako was invited to New Zealand in 2004 to establish the Vimutti Buddhist Monastery, where he is currently the abbot.

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