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.

 

Mysteries of the Labyrinth

Thursday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.

Neal HarrisLabyrinths have graced the world for over four millennia. They are found at spiritual centers, churches, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, schools, corporations, museums, prisons and private spaces. Using a labyrinth provides a mind-body respite from the stresses of everyday life and offers many other advantages. Learn how to use the labyrinth to increase your sense of peace.

Neal Harris, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, owns and manages Relax4Life, a holistic education and services center. In 1995, he created the first permanent outdoor labyrinth in Illinois and has consulted and created other public labyrinths including the one at the Theosophical Society. He also makes fabric traveling labyrinths, wood and plastic finger labyrinths, and manuals for creating outdoor labyrinths. Neal is both a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and a Certified Veriditas Facilitator.

Join Neal for his workshop Exploring and Experiencing Labyrinths on September 16.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Return to Joy with Andrew Harvey

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.

Andrew HarveyInternationally-acclaimed spiritual teacher Andrew Harvey will present his newest book Return to Joy, a compelling invitation to consider that joy is the ultimate nature of reality and that its absence lies at the root of our current, unprecedented global crisis. Learn about the mystical wisdom of the ages that places joy at the core of our existence, and consider the myriad enemies of joy in our time. As we tend the fires of joy, we celebrate its flames and nurture its ubiquitous presence.

Andrew Harvey is a poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, and spiritual teacher who has taught at universities and spiritual centers around the world. He has written and edited more than 30 books, including the best-selling titles The Hope and The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. He is the founder and director of the Institute of Sacred Activism. For more: www.andrewharvey.net.

A book signing will follow the program.

Join Andrew on September 23 for a workshop on Sacred Practices to Give Joy in a Time of Crisis.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Vedic Meditation: An Ancient Spiritual Practice with Modern-day Benefits

Thursday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.

Jill WenerVedic meditation is an effortless meditation technique that originates in an Indian body of knowledge called the Vedas. This body of knowledge, which pre-dates all religion, is also the source of Ayurveda and yoga. The tranquility experienced in this meditative state allows the body to naturally dissolve its stresses and is up to five times deeper than rest gained during sleep.

Jill Wener, M.D., a physician and teacher, uses meditation and mindfulness as key tools in her holistic approach to wellness and stress management. She uses her medical background to bring the benefits of meditation to medical professionals, patients, and other students interested in reducing stress and living a life filled with creativity, energy and fulfillment. For more: www.jillwener.com.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran

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

Paul-Gordon ChandlerKahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, was a mystic who sought to build bridges between faiths and cultures. His voice is a timeless, much-needed guide for our times. Take a journey through his spiritual life, delving into some of his writings, looking at his art and the places he lived, and breathing life into this captivating poet-artist who moved beyond religion to the core of universal spirituality and was a unique blend of east and west.

Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal priest, is an interfaith advocate, art curator, and social entrepreneur who lived and worked in North Africa and the Middle East for many years. He is the founder of CARAVAN, an international movement that uses the arts to build bridges of peace between the Middle East and West. He is the author of Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road. For more: www.paulgordonchandler.com

A book signing will follow the program.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Reincarnation: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Implications

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

Barbara HebertReincarnation has been a topic of great interest to many individuals through the years. It has moved from a forbidden topic to a subject that is casually discussed in daily conversation. More than this, however, the ancient teaching of reincarnation provides us with direction for living our daily lives and offers insight into the often confusing and tumultuous world around us.

Barbara B. Hebert, Ph.D., is director of the University Counseling Center at Southeastern Louisiana University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. A third-generation Theosophist involved in local, regional, and national offices throughout her years of membership, Barbara currently serves as president of the Theosophical Society in America.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Hieroglyphic Thinking: The Power of Working with Egyptian Symbols

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

Normand EllisThe ancient Egyptians called the hieroglyphs Medju neter, meaning the Word of God. Hieroglyphs communicated thoughts and magical intentions, connecting us to Source through the mental plane. Because thoughts are things existing in the present, the future has its blueprint in the now. Learn how ancient priests used hieroglyphs to create realities and transmute consciousness.

Normandi Ellis is an internationally known teacher, author of 12 books, Clairvoyant Spiritualist Minister, and Arch-Priestess of the Fellowship of Isis. Her translation of Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead is considered the essential text for any pilgrimage through the ancient Egyptian temples. She leads trips to Egypt and teaches Egyptian Mysteries across the nation.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation

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

Bhante SujathaBecause our American culture has commercialized mindfulness and meditation terminology, the true meanings sometimes get lost. Bhante Sujatha, known as the Loving-kindness Monk, will introduce the true meaning of mindfulness along with ways we can begin to deepen our practice through this powerful meditation process.

Bhante Sujatha became a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka over 30 years ago. He teaches loving-kindness meditation with an approach that is deep, yet simple. A joyful, radiant, and wildly energetic monk, he is the abbot of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center in Woodstock, Ill.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast 

A book signing will follow the program.

Join Bhante Sujatha for a weekend meditation retreat on The Pursuit of Happiness October 27 – 29. 

Black Elk's Message to the World

Thursday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.

Quentin YoungAccording to Lakota tradition, there are four parts of the soul: Cekṗa (twin) is the connection with nature, Naġi̓ (the Guardian) is the aura or shadow, Toʹwakaŋ (the Advanced Guardian) resides at the top of the head, and the Niya̓ (the Breath of Life) resides at the solar plexus. These soul connections are responsible for our intuition and can be used to gain spiritual understanding. Learn how and why one seeks Hanbleceya (Vision Quest), and how it all relates to Black Elk’s message to the world.

Quentin Young, a mixed blood Lakota, has been involved in the Lakota spiritual way of life since the age of six. In 1989, he began keeping a caŋnuŋpa (pipe). He has participated in all Seven Rites of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) ceremonies and has Sun Danced for over twenty years. Quentin has taught at the College of DuPage and lectured at colleges and universities throughout Illinois regarding Black Elk’s vision and the Lakota spiritual way of life.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast 

A book signing will follow the program.

The Other Side of Eternity

Thursday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.

Danelys VarcarcelOur current focus on enlightenment and liberation makes us one-sided and forgetful of the other side of Eternity. Where do we come from? Where are we going? The theosophical doctrines of karma and reincarnation instruct us that Birth is as great a mystery as is Death, while revealing the spiritual significance of our human task here on earth.

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

Live Webcast 

Wondering “What am I?”

Thursday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.

Ravi RavindraAny spiritual seeker will have asked questions such as: Who am I?, What am I?, Is the death of my body the end of me?, and Is there anything that will endure beyond death? We will explore this subtle spiritual mystery in the light of the Rig Veda to the Bhagavad Gita of the Indian tradition and see how it differs from the Biblical tradition.

Ravi Ravindra is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses at Theosophical schools. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. For more: www.ravindra.ca.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast 

Join Ravi for Inner Transformation and Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita, a workshop on November 18.

Visiting the Inner Temple

Thursday, November 30, 7:00 p.m.

Richard SmoleyTo most people, a temple is a building. But for the esoteric traditions, a temple can be a mental construct—an image in the mind that can be visited any time. This program will explore this tradition. A guided meditation will enable participants to construct an inner temple for themselves.

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

Live Webcast 

An Integral Approach to Mindfulness Meditation

Thursday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.

Bill EpperlyLearn key aspects of Ken Wilber’s integral theory and consider new ways of thinking about and practicing mindfulness, including how mindfulness can be practiced across the four quadrants of Wilber’s model, and how this creates a more powerful practice. The application of Wilber’s model of ego development will also be described. Please join us for this stimulating look at mindfulness practice through an integral lens.

Bill Epperly, PhD, is a biochemist and mystic. He has studied contemplative Christianity and Zen Buddhism and is a long-time student of Ken Wilber’s integral approach to spirituality. He works as a spiritual director, presenter on The Method of Centering Prayer, and retreat leader. He teaches mindfulness meditation at DePaul University.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast 

Join Bill for his December 9 workshop Integral Mindfulness: A Path to Whole Body Awakening.

What Does Salvation Mean in a Multi-Religious World?

Thursday, December 14, 7:00 p.m.

JayMoses_f.jpgThe word “salvation” signals a specifically Christian word, but what does it mean in a world full of religious plurality, when the church does not retain the authority to speak to most people? This is a hard question for those who seek to find their religious longing met, but also the care of their diverse neighbors met, by a God shaped by the love Christianity has professed. Enjoy a lively discussion about what it means to be saved, and who this might actually apply to.

Rev. Dr. Jay Moses is pastor at Hope Presbyterian Church in Wheaton. He studied at Fuller Theological Seminary, Northern Seminary, and the Catholic Union, with a specialization in Interreligious Dialogue. He has worked for the Presbyterian Church in Chicago for interreligious understanding for more than a decade and is a member of the Wheaton Interreligious Council. Jay also teaches at the Marion E. Wade Center in Wheaton and Elmhurst College.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

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