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.


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

Live Webcast

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

Live Webcast

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

Live Webcast

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

Live Webcast

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

Live Webcast

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.

$10 nonmembers   $5 members

Live Webcast

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