The Theosophical Society in America

Webinar Schedule

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Nov 20 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Nov 20 @10:30AM - 11:30AM

Nisargadatta Advaita Study Group
Mon Nov 20 @12:30PM - 01:45PM

Developing Spirituality through the Goddess: Part I
Mon Nov 20 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM

The Secret Path
Tue Nov 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM

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

The Secret Path

with Pablo and Michele Sender

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Central time

November 7 - 28 (4 classes)

Humanity is involved in an evolutionary pilgrimage, by means of which the divine spark unfolds all its potentialities. According to Theosophical teachings, two roads open up before us: one is the slow and steady path of progress through moral effort; the other, a faster but more difficult one, involves a series of trials and initiations. Due to its challenging nature, the existence of this second path has been concealed from the public in most spiritual traditions of the past. In this webinar, Pablo and Michele Sender will explore the characteristics and conditions of the initiatory journey.

   
Michele Sender has been a member of the Theosophical Society in America since 2006. Soon after joining, she moved to its National Headquarters, where she worked as the information coordinator and served as president of the local branch. She is currently living at Krotona Institute of Theosophy in California, where she is active in sharing the Ancient Wisdom beyond the borders of the Society. Her background is in education, where she taught positive thinking skills to at-risk high school students. She has organized and given lectures, classes, and seminars on Theosophy and its practical application in daily life in the US, Europe, and New Zealand.
    Pablo Sender, Ph.D., became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, Spain, England, and the three Americas. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his Web site: www.pablosender.com.

 Suggested Donation - $25 (Optional)

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Nourishing the Pilgrim Soul: Spiritual Search East and West

with Ravi Ravindra

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central time

November 25 - December 16, 2017 (4 Classes)

Ravi RavindraThe state of being nourished by Truth or God is in essence transcultural and transreligious. All spiritual pilgrims begin from where they are, influenced by a particular culture and religious tradition even when they do not feel especially connected to it. There are many things in common in the two mainstreams of spirituality—the Biblical traditions including Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the Indian traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism—but there are some radical differences. How can we understand and reconcile these differences and be nourished by both great streams in our planetary culture?

It is recommended that participants read Ravindra’s book The Pilgrim Soul: A Path to the Sacred Transcending World Religions (Quest Books, 2014).

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, Calif. 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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Discovering Your Inner Self and Your Dharma

with Ed Abdill

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Central time (**)

January 8 - February 5 (5 classes)

Ed-AbdillIn Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, the Queen says to Alice, "Remember who you are." But do we really know who we are? In this series, we will make an effort to discover our own inner self, which in Theosophical teachings is called the reincarnating ego. Then we will search deep within to see if we can discover the true purpose of our life: our Dharma. Within each of the five sessions, we will find clues that may help us to understand and follow the path to enlightenment.

Ed Abdill, author of The Secret Gateway, and Masters of Wisdom, is a former Vice President of the Theosophical Society in America and past President of the New York Theosophical Society. He lectures for the Society throughout the United States and internationally.

 Weekly schedule
1. Discovering Your Inner Self
2. Dharma: The Lodestar of Life
3. Synchronicity: A Gateway to Opportunity
4. The Mahatmas, Our Brothers
5. The Road that Leads to the Heart of the Universe

(**) If you cannot participate in the live webinar, you will receive links to the recordings of each class that you can watch at any time.

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Changing the Conversation on Aging: Guidance from the Goddesses

with Sally Thomason and Jen Bradner

Mondays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

January 8 – February 13 (6 weeks) RESCHEDULED for Spring

Sally Thomason's research and reflections on aging illuminate how scientific and medical perspectives and cultural biases have informed our attitudes toward, and understanding of, aging – often to our collective detriment. In this 6-week live interactive webinar, Sally will offer new, holistic perspectives on aging that can overcome our cultural misconceptions and create a healthier, more positive outlook on the aging process.

Sally-Palmer-ThomasonSally Palmer Thomason, Ph.D., a lifelong student/teacher of an interdisciplinary approach to culture and history, believes that the medicalization of aging, which treats aging as a pathology, and our youth oriented culture that fears the natural aging process, robs individuals of the opportunity for a fuller, more meaningful life. Her book The Living Spirit of the Crone, explores the holistic approach to aging and shows how myths and ancient spiritual traditions provide valuable touchstones and guides for appreciating the whole of life.

 

JenBradner_f.jpgJen Bradner, a transitionalist and coach, works to create grace and flow in the midst of change, bringing awareness, uncovering resource, 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.

 

 

$60 nonmembers $50 members

RESCHEDULED for Spring

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Medical and Vedic Astrology

with Gwynne Mayer

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Central time

January 10 - February 28 (8 weeks)

Medical_AstologyLearn the medical and Vedic implications in your natal, progressed and transited astrological charts! There are many imprints that happen at birth in our bodies and in our chakra system that are revealed in a study of our natal conditions. As we develop a more holistic understanding of medical and Vedic astrology, we can learn about the healing aspect of our individuality and how to maximize our efforts into a successful outcome. The first part of each session will be recorded, followed by confidential private counseling with each individual chart which will not recorded.

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, Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Rudolph Steiner and GI Gurdjieff for over 45 years and has studied astrology from some of the best teachers including Isabelle Hickey, Dane Rudhyar, Gret Baum (Jung's daughter), Liz Greene and many others. Gwynne’s focus is on the understanding of what makes us tick!

$60 Nonmembers - $50 Members

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Centering Prayer: Resting in God Beyond Thoughts

with Bill Epperly

Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Central time

January 16 – February 6 (4 classes)

Bill EpperlyMindful Centering is a path to healing, peace, and ultimately, to Divine Union through silent meditation. In this course, you will learn this new path of practice, which is inspired by Centering Prayer as well as practices from the Mindfulness tradition and Ken Wilber’s integral spirituality. The course includes weekly talks and Mindful Centering practice. Resources will be provided to support the deepening of your practice. No prior experience with prayer or meditation is necessary.

Bill Epperly, PhD, is a research biochemist who left the lab in pursuit of enlightenment. He has studied contemplative Christianity and Korean Zen Buddhism. Bill is also a long-time student of Ken Wilber’s integral approach to spirituality. He works as a Spiritual Coach, teacher of meditation and Centering Prayer, and retreat leader. He teaches mindfulness meditation at DePaul University.

$60 Nonmembers $50 Members

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Seeking the True Self

with Pablo Sender

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Central Time

February 13 - March 6 (four classes)

Pablo Sender“Man Know Thyself” is a famous aphorism that was inscribed at the entrance of the Delphi oracle in Greece. Many spiritual traditions have similarly pointed out that the root of suffering and conflict lies in our ignorance of who we really are. However, self-knowledge is not easy. It requires peeling back the layers of false conceptions and mistaken identities, as well as awakening to a deeper perception to realize our essential natures. In this program, we will explore the theory and practice of the four meditative approaches found in Theosophical literature: self-examination, self-inquiry, self-observation, and self-knowledge.

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, Spain, England, and the three Americas. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his Web site: www.pablosender.com.

 Suggested Donation  $25

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Ongoing Groups

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group

Co-facilitators: Pablo Sender, Fiona Odgren, and Sy Ginsburg

Monday,  10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Central Time, Ongoing

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.

 

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, Spain, England, and the three Americas. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his Web site: www.pablosender.com.

Fiona Odgren‘s passion for Theosophy began over 40 years ago. For 30 years, she has been active in developing public programs on Theosophy in Western Canada was a writer and editor for the theosophical magazine Pathways for 16 years. She is currently president of The Theosophical Society in Victoria, BC, Canada. Her first book, Insights From the Masters: A Compilation is based on The Mahatma Letters and is being released this summer.

Sy Ginsburg, J.D. became a member of the Theosophical Society in 1978 and is a past President of the Miami, South Florida branch. He became a pupil of Sri Madhava Ashish and studied with him in the Indian Himalayas every year for nineteen years. Ashish introduced Sy to the Stanzas of Dzyan, the Gurdjieff teaching, the study of dreams, and the significance of the Mahatmas. Sy currently co-facilitates online courses in these studies, He is the author of The Masters Speak: the Teaching Letters of Sri Madhava Ashish, and Gurdjieff Unveiled: an Introduction to the Teachings of Gurdjieff."

Suggested donation - $35

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Meditation Practices and Perspectives

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Meditation Practices and Perspectives
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM, Central time 
After new year this class will be at 11:00 a.m CT
With Jim Bosco

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

 

 

Walking the Theosophical Path Online Group

The Power and Use of Thought

facilitated by Pablo Sender

Every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Central Time (**)

Pablo Sender

Walking the Theosophical Path is an online group focused on the practical aspect of Theosophy.

Starting on September 20, 2017 we will start a new series exploring the article The Power and Use of Thought by renowned Theosophists and clairvoyant C. W. Leadbeater. 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 in India, Spain, England, and the three Americas. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his Web site: www.pablosender.com

(**) The classes are recorded. If you cannot participate live, you can still register and receive weekly a link to the recording. 
 
 Suggested Donation - $35 (Optional) 

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Nisargadatta Advaita Study Group

Online study group devoted to work on self-awareness based on the practical teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. 

Mondays,  12:30-1:45 p.m. CST

Co-facilitated by 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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Wheaton-Olcott Theosophical Study Center

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Wheaton-Olcott Theosophical Study Center

Wednesdays, ongoing,  7 - 8 PM Central Time

1926 N. Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187 (in the library) or online

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

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish

Anthropogenesis in the Stanzas of Dzyan

​Co-facilitators: Anand Jagota, Elena Dovalsantos, Sy Ginsburg​, and Gwynne Mayer

Mondays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Central time (8:30 - 9:30 pm INDIA time)

Ongoing 

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 The Stanzas of Dzyan, is a pre-Babylonian epic poem seen psychically and recorded by Helena P. Blavatsky. It is the primordial document upon which modern Theosophy is based. The Stanzas in Anthropogenesis describe the journey of the ONE into manifestation and then materialization for the purpose of self-knowledge. Man is the ONE in human form that has the intelligence and ability to discover who he/she is, and as the ONE to return to the state of Unity but with the benefit of all the knowledge and experience gained through the human journey and its series of incarnations. Ashish refers to the ONE as "Absolute Being." Other Theosophists and Advaitists call it "Atma". Jung calls it "Self". Gurdjieff calls it "Endlessness".  

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The Dream Circle

An Online Dream Study Group

Wednesdays,  12:30 - 1:30 PM (Central Time) ongoing

Co-facilitators: Gwynne Mayer, Wyler Green, and Sy Ginsburg

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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Practical Teachings of Gurdjieff: The Fourth Way

Ongoing program of study groups, “work” groups and reading materials

Gurdjieff was a Greek-Armenian mystic and spiritual teacher, living during the years of 1866-1949 – a time when Theosophical principles were coming into fruition. Gurdjieff traveled and studied ancient wisdoms, including esoteric Christianity, ancient Egyptology and ancient Greek philosophers. He called his discipline “The Work.” This discipline is about working on oneself in a practical way, also called the “Fourth Way.” Gurdjieff claimed that people do not perceive reality. They are not conscious of themselves, but live in a state of waking sleep.

If interested in further study in the Gurdjieff Fourth Way Teachings, please click this link for further information on all Fourth Way programs or contact Gwynne Mayer at gwynne.mayer@gmail.com.

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