The Theosophical Society in America

Webinar Schedule

Gnosis and the Gnostics: From Ancient Times to the Present
Thu Apr 26 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM

Friday Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri Apr 27 @10:00AM - 11:15AM

Meditation Practices and Perspectives
Sun Apr 29 @11:00AM - 12:00PM

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Apr 30 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Apr 30 @10:30AM - 11:30AM

Current Webinars

Virtual Classroom

The Theosophical Society in America launched an exciting new technology which will allow us to bring live programs to you, right in the comfort of your own home! Now, those of us who are home-bound, or living too far away to attend a lecture or class at the National Center, can still share in the wisdom and insights of our wonderful instructors and presenters.  


Online Classes

Karmic Astrology – Reincarnation and Purpose

with Gwynne Mayer

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

April 4 - May 23 (8 classes)

Gwynne__Mayer_f.jpgOur natal astrological chart gives us information about what our life’s purpose is, and how that purpose has been affected by our past lives. We will look at the idea of reincarnation as seen through the Ascendant/Rising Sign, the Moon Sign, and the Sun Sign, and explore questions such as: Why did I come into this life?, What is my purpose?, and How do habits and family conditioning affect my purpose? We will also discuss the cosmology put forth by Blavatsky, Steiner, Djwal Khul, Gurdjieff, and Jung as they relate to the natal charts. Although it is helpful to have a basic understanding of astrology, this course is suitable for everyone interested in exploring these ideas. The first 20 minutes of each class will be recorded; afterward we will work with our individual charts.

Gwynne Mayer, MA, has forty years of post-graduate work in the areas of Jungian analysis, Gestalt therapy, child psychology and educational systems. She has studied the works of Carl Jung, Helena Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Rudolph Steiner and G.I. Gurdjieff for over 45 years and has studied astrology with Isabel Hickey, Dane Rudhyar, Gret Baumann-Jung (Jung's daughter), Liz Greene and many others. Gwynne’s focus is on the understanding of what makes us tick!

Class size is limited to ensure personal attention, so sign up early!

$70 Nonmembers - $60 Members

This class is currently full. If you wish to be put on a waiting list, please email events@theosophical.org.

Read more: Karmic Astrology – Reincarnation and Purpose

Unmasking the Myths of Aging with Guidance from the Goddesses

with Sally Thomason, Jen Bradner and Gwynne Mayer

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

April 10 - May 1 (4 weeks)

goddessWe want to live long lives, yet we fear growing old. This is the paradox of aging, yet we can break free from this fear by discovering the gifts that come with growing old. We will explore how the medicalization of aging and our youth-obsessed culture have shaped our current perception of human aging, robbing us of a fuller, more complete appreciation of the natural process and opportunity for growth in every phase of our lives. From there, we will learn how to have a strong, healthy understanding of aging, drawing on ancient myths, spiritual insights, and modern humanistic psychology. This vibrant, holistic perspective will help to re-write our current cultural misconceptions and fears. Join this inter-generational discussion on wisdom from long overlooked traditions and bring love and compassion to yourself and others.

Sally Palmer Thomason, Ph.D., a lifelong student/teacher of an interdisciplinary approach to the impact of history and culture on the individual psyche, explores the holistic approach to aging in her book The Living Spirit of the Crone and shows how myths and ancient spiritual traditions provide valuable touchstones and guides for appreciating the whole of one’s life.

Jen Bradner, a transitionalist and professional coach, works to create grace and flow in the midst of change, bringing awareness, uncovering resources, and increasing adaptability. She believes that the re-consideration of aging needs to start at an early age. Jen, in her own midlife shift, holds precious the wisdom, philosophy, and freedom of mind found in the spiritual wonderland of the wise women she holds dear.

Gwynne Mayer, MA, has thirty years of post-graduate work in the areas of Jungian analysis, Gestalt therapy, child psychology and educational systems. She has studied the works of Carl Jung, Helena Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Rudolph Steiner and G.I. Gurdjieff for over 45 years.

$50 nonmembers $40 members

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Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes.

Read more: Unmasking the Myths of Aging with Guidance from the Goddesses

Gnosis and the Gnostics: From Ancient Times to the Present

with Richard Smoley

Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

April 12 - May 3 (4 classes)

Richard SmoleyToday there is much talk of the Gnostics, the ancient visionaries, long-reviled as heretics, who may have possessed the keys to the deepest secrets of Christianity. Who were the Gnostics? Where did they come from? Did they leave any descendants? More importantly, what is gnosis and is it useful to us today?

In this four-part webinar, Richard Smoley will draw upon his book, Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism, to explore these topics. Individual classes will discuss: (1) The Gnostic Problem: the nature of the universe and the source of evil; (2) Ancient Gnosticism: Gnostic teachings and teachers from the first to the fourth centuries AD; (3) The Gnostic Legacy: whether and how ancient Gnosticism may have survived up to the present; (4) Gnosticism Today: Gnostic influences on culture from the eighteenth century on, with discussion of personal experience of gnosis. 

Richard Smoley is the author of nine books on spirituality, philosophy, and religion. His book Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism has been praised as “lively, learned, and level-headed.” His other works include Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition and How God Became God: What Scholars Are Really Saying about God and the Bible. Richard is also editor of Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America and has been featured on numerous YouTube videos. Learn more at his website: www.innerchristianity.com.

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes.

$50 Nonmembers $40 Members

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At Home with Theosophy

The Process of Inner Transformation

with Pablo Sender and Michele Sender

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

May 8 - June 5 (5 classes)

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At Home with Theosophy is a webinar series focusing on the study and discussion of classical Theosophical books. In this course, Pablo and Michele will explore Annie Besant’s book In the Outer Court, which presents four areas of spiritual work necessary to awaken to our spiritual nature – Purification, Thought Control, Building of Character, and Spiritual Alchemy. They will share their insights and facilitate a comprehensive examination of these important subjects.

Pablo Sender, Ph.D, became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes around the world. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his website: www.pablosender.com.

Formerly information coordinator at the National Headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America, Michele Sender now lives at the Krotona Institute of Theosophy. She has organized and given lectures, seminars, and classes on Theosophy and its practical applications in the USA, Europe, and New Zealand. 

Click if you would like to order In the Outer Court or From the Outer Court to the Inner Sanctum from Quest Books.

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes.

Donations Appreciated 

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Heart and Purpose of Yoga

with Ravi Ravindra

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Central time [UTC-05] / 8:30 p.m. IST [UTC+5:30]

June 2 – June 23 (4 classes)

Ravi RavindraThe Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita are the two classical texts of yoga, yet they are quite different from each other. Each emphasizes a different kind of yoga as necessary for radical transformation of the self and spiritual awakening. In this series, we will discuss the various forms of yoga, as well as the many obstacles that present themselves on the path of a searcher and how to overcome them. We will also explore how to attend to our responsibility in the world while cultivating a state of Freedom beyond this world.

Ravi Ravindra is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as professor in comparative religion, philosophy and physics. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses in The School of the Wisdom in Adyar and at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California. 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 information visit www.ravindra.ca.

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes.

$50 Nonmembers $40 Members

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Ongoing Groups

Meditation Practices and Perspectives

Facilitator: Jim Bosco

Every Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

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Join us weekly for instructional guided meditation, silent meditation, and discussion time covering various meditation methods. We will also cover all aspects of beginning and sustaining a regular meditation practice. This group is suitable for all levels of meditators, from beginners learning meditation to experts seeking fellowship and the opportunity to share their experiences.

Participants can gather in person at our National Center or join online from anywhere. Both in-person and online participants will be able to interact with the group.

Jim Bosco has been a student of meditation and Theosophy for over 40 years.

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Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish

Initiation into Yoga

Facilitators: Anand Jagota, Gwynne Mayer, and Sy Ginsburg

Every Monday, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Central time [UTC -05] / 8:30 - 9:30 pm IST [UTC +5:30]

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This ongoing reading and discussion group meets to study the teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish (1920-1997) and his gurus. Born in Scotland, Ashish joined the RAF and served in India, staying on after WWII to pursue the spiritual life. He became a disciple of Sri Krishna Prem and assumed leadership of the Mirtola Ashram after Prem’s death in 1965.

Having completed a detailed study of Ashish’s book, Man, Son of Man, the group now turns to Initiation into Yoga: An Introduction to the Spiritual Life by Sri Krishna Prem. According to Prem, “the Truth exists already in our hearts, however ignorant our outer personalities may be; it is a sheer fact that words that spring from deep realization raise echoes within us if we listen to them with free minds.”

Anand Jagota was a pupil of Sri Madhava Ashish from 1980 through 1997, visiting the Mirtola Ashram several times during that period.

Gwynne Mayer, MA, is a life-long student of Jung, Blavatsky, Steiner, and Gurdjieff. She has extensive experience as a therapist, astrologer, and educational systems advisor.

Sy Ginsburg visited Ashish at the Mirtola Ashram from 1978 to 1997. He wrote the book, The Masters Speak: An American Businessman Encounters Ashish and Gurdjieff.

Click to order Initiation into Yoga: An Introduction to the Spiritual Life  from Quest Books.

Registration includes access to recordings of the webinars.

Suggested donation $35

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Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group

Facilitators: Pablo Sender, Fiona Odgren, and Sy Ginsburg

Every Monday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Central time [UTC-05]

Mahatma Letters

From 1880 to 1885, H. P. Blavatsky's teachers, Mahatmas Koot Hoomi and Morya, engaged in an extraordinary body of correspondence with two influential British men living and working in India. These letters were published in 1923, and since then have become a primary sourcebook of the Esoteric Philosophy, along with The Secret Doctrine. Their profound teachings have challenged, stimulated and inspired genuine seekers and students of the Ancient Wisdom around the world for nearly a century.

Join this online discussion group to explore weekly the content of these letters and further your understanding of this important Theosophical text with the help of experienced students.

 

Suggested donation - $35

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Nisargadatta Advaita Study Group

Every Monday, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

Facilitators: Pablo Sender and Ed Moskowitz 

IAmThatThe primary purpose of this Study Group is to support our individual efforts to be in the continual state of self-awareness or mindfulness or witnessing, the cornerstone of the practical teaching. Nisargadatta tells us: "There is such a way, open to all, on every level, in every walk of life. Everybody is aware of himself. The deepening and broadening of self-awareness is the royal way. Call it mindfulness, or witnessing, or just attention - it is for all. None is unripe for it and none can fail." (I Am That, Talk No. 67)

This study group, using Nisargadatta’s exercises, provides an external will to do the work to undo our mis-education. We engage in weekly exercises/tasks of self-observation to enable us to be in the state of self-awareness, of mindfulness, of witnessing, and the discovery of who we really are.

Study group textbook: Nisargadatta, I Am That (Acorn Press) 2012. Available on Amazon or at a discount from the Quest Bookshop (800) 669-1571.

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Converging Paths: A Practice and Study Group

Facilitators: Jim Bosco and Meredith Bosco

Every Monday, 7:00 - 8:30 pm [UTC-05] Starting June 4

Join us for a fellowship of study and practice as we explore the common threads in spiritual traditions that lead to the direct experience of universal consciousness.

Each week we will combine a shared meditative practice with study and discussion of a tradition or aspect of the spiritual path. Our intent is to put all the pieces together to create a balanced path that can be tuned to each individual’s needs and interests.

We will follow the tradition of shared practice and study (sometimes referred to as satsang or sangha) using an eclectic approach in the Theosophical tradition.

Jim Bosco has been a student of yoga philosophy, Theosophy, and meditation for over 45 years. He has also been a Reiki Master/Teacher for over 20 years.

Meredith Bosco, a lifelong meditator and spiritual seeker, is also a Reiki Master/Teacher expressing her spirituality through the practice of energy healing.

Registration includes access to recordings of the webinars.

Suggested donation $35

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Walking the Theosophical Path

Service as Spiritual Practice

Facilitator: Pablo Sender

Every Wednesday,  10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

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Walking the Theosophical Path is an online group focused on learning how to practice the Theosophical teachings.

Starting on March 14, 2018, we begin a new series exploring the subject of Service as understood by Theosophical teachers such as H.P. Blavatsky, Annie Besant, George S. Arundale and others. Weekly exercises will be suggested and discussed to assist the participants' practice.

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes around the world. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his website: www.pablosender.com.

Registration includes access to recordings of the webinars.

Suggested Donation  $35 

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Dream Circle

Facilitators: Gwynne Mayer, Weyler Green, and Sy Ginsburg

Every Wednesday, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

Dream sharing has been an integral part of many cultures, helping individuals to recognize the symbolic language in which our dreams speak to us. As HPB wrote: “Knowledge comes in visions, first in dreams …”. The interpretation of the symbols in our dreams, helps us to access this knowledge of the Spirit (Self) that speaks to us from our subconscious.

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Wheaton-Olcott Theosophical Study Center

Every Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

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The Wheaton-Olcott Lodge offers meetings for members of the Theosophical Society, as well as for the general public. The first three Wednesdays of the month are reserved for members and on the fourth Wednesday, the general public is invited to join in learning about basic ideas and concepts in Theosophy.

The Lodge meetings for members explore core Theosophical teachings and their relationship to life as well as to various spiritual traditions, and encourage participation along the lines of study, discussion, meditation and service.

For more information, email WheatonOlcottLodge@gmail.com

For information about the program of study, recordings of meetings and other resources, visit www.wheaton.theosophical.site

$2 suggested donation

Friday Gurdjieff Study Group

Facilitators: ​Ocke de Boer, Marcel Pardo, Gwynne Mayer, and Sy Ginsburg

Every Friday, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Central time [UTC-05]

The practical teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) requires ongoing self-observation over many years. The purpose of such self-observation while making the effort to self-remember is to gradually free us from our identifications with fears and desires in their many forms. This helps us to realize that we are not the body-brain-ego organism that we have been mistakenly taught to believe is our true identity. For this purpose pupils typically organize themselves into ongoing groups that meet regularly in order to share their self-observations, and in support of their ongoing efforts to remember themselves. Participants bring their self-observations to share at the beginning of each meeting.

The Theosophical Society is an open organization. Anyone can join or participate without joining the Society. Full information and personal application please email syginsburg@aol.com or gwynneMayer@gmail.com