The Theosophical Society in America

Webinar Schedule

Friday Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri Mar 22 @10:00AM - 11:00AM

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Mar 25 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Mar 25 @10:45AM - 11:45AM

Non-duality Dialogue
Mon Mar 25 @ 1:00PM - 02:15PM

Walking the Theosophical Path
Wed Mar 27 @10:30AM - 12:00PM

Current Webinars

Virtual Classroom

We invite you to participate in our interactive classes and study groups from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere!

 


Online Classes

Astrological Studies: Spiritual Intuition at Work

with Gwynne Mayer

Option 1: Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. CDT [UTC-05]
April 16 - May 21 (6 classes) 

Option 2: Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. CDT [UTC-05] 
April 17 - May 22 (6 classes)

Learn how to apply your intuition in the study of astrology, tarot, and numerology in order to attain higher consciousness. Practical exercises that involve the use of your astrological charts including natal, progressed, and solar returns will be explored. Learning to keep up with our intuitive understanding is an important component of inner healing.

Personal charts will be done for each student.

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. Gwynne has studied astrology for over 40 years and has lectured internationally.

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes.

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

$70 Nonmembers $60 Members

For option 1, Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. CDT, April 16 - May 21

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For option 2, Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. CDT, April 17 - May 22

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Read more: Astrological Studies: Spiritual Intuition at Work

The Essence of the Advaita Vedanta Tradition: Exploring the Crest-jewel of Discrimination

with Janani Cleary

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. CDT [UTC-05]

April 16 – May 14 (5 classes)

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The Crest-jewel of Discrimination, or the Vivekachudamani, is one of the Hindu books of knowledge and a master work on Advaita Vedanta. The text has been attributed to Adi Shankaracharya, who is renowned for his role in resurrecting and reestablishing the Vedic tradition in India. Shankara and his disciples have played a pivotal role in reviving the study of Advaita Vedanta as unfolded in the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and other related texts.

Vedanta is a direct means of knowledge that unfolds the vision of truth. The Vivekachudamani extols the essence of Advaita Vedanta in 581 verses. In this series, Janani Cleary will present a distillation of these verses, categorized into four major topics that provide an overview of the essential aspects of the study. Join us for an exploration of this profound, inspiring text.

Topics include: the qualifications of a fit student; the nature of the individual, the world, and the higher power; how liberation is accomplished; and how meditation factors into gaining this knowledge. Please click on “Read more” for further explanation of topics. 

Janani Cleary began her pursuit in Vedanta as a yoga teacher in New York City. She then completed an intensive course in India to obtain her teaching certification and has shared knowledge and insights with students for several decades. She has been engaged with various Vedic cultural centers and other venues across the country, including participation in a White House conference. She also served as an advisor to the movie Gurukulam (2016), a documentary on what it is like to be a student in an ashram. Learn more at her website: www.optimummeditation.com

Registration includes access to recordings of all the classes.

$50 Nonmembers $40 Members

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Read more: The Essence of the Advaita Vedanta Tradition: Exploring the Crest-jewel of Discrimination

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Ongoing Groups

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish

Man, the Measure of All Things  

Facilitators: Anand Jagota, Sujata Jagota, Elena Dovalsantos,  and Sy Ginsburg

Every Monday, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. CDT [UTC-05] / 7:30 - 8:30 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.


We are currently studying  Man, the Measure of All Things by Sri Krishna Prem and Sri Madhava Ashish. This book throws a new and searching light upon the Stanzas of Dzyan, and students of H.P. Blavatsky may find it coincides with the material written in The Secret Doctrine.

“We are considering the universe as a tissue of psychic experience,” say the authors. “Our categories are psychic ones, and with their help we have attempted to show that the process of cosmic manifestation is entirely a movement within the unity of conscious being toward the achievement of self-conscious experience.” Join us as we begin our investigation of this fascinating book, a study for all serious Theosophists.

Click to order Man, the Measure of All Things 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, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. CDT [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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Non-duality Dialogue

Facilitators: Ed Moskowitz and  Pablo Sender

Every Monday, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. CDT [UTC-05]  New book starting February 25th

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The most fundamental Theosophical teaching states that, underlying the diversity and separation we perceive, there is an ultimate unity. The realization of this One Reality, our eternal and true Self, brings us beyond the realm of conflict and sorrow. Nondualism refers to this state of consciousness.

The primary purpose of this online discussion group is to explore the nondual approach to life, with an emphasis on its practical application. Each meeting will include time to read and discuss teachings on non-duality, and time to share our experiences with exercises suggested for growth in self-knowledge and self-awareness.

On February 25th we will start the study and discussion of the book Nothing to Grasp by Joan Tollifson to assist us in this endeavor. Readers say, “The book crackles with the energy of clarity on every page,” and “I haven’t been this excited about a non-duality book in a long time. [Tollifson has] a remarkable ability to avoid common conceptual confusions, and to explain why we often fall into them.”

Edward Moskowitz, Ph.D., is a long-time student of science, Theosophy, Advaita, and meditation.

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes around the world and is the author of Evolution of the Higher Consciousness.

Registration includes access to recordings of the webinars.

Suggested donation $40 

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Walking the Theosophical Path

The Technique for Self-Transformation

Facilitator: Pablo Sender

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

Pablo Sender

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

Starting on September 12, 2018, we begin a new series based on the book Self-Culture in the Light of Occultism by Dr. I. K. Taimni. 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. He is the author of Evolution of the Higher Consciousness, and his articles have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his website: www.pablosender.com.

Registration includes access to recordings of the webinars.

Donations Appreciated 

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Dream Circle

Facilitators: Gwynne Mayer, Weyler Greene, and Sy Ginsburg

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

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"Knowledge comes in visions, first in dreams…” – H.P. Blavatsky

Our dreams speak to us in symbolic language, and the interpretation of these symbols allows us to access the knowledge of the Spirit (Self) that uses our dreams to communicate messages to us subconsciously. Sharing our dreams in a group setting can help us recognize and interpret what our subconscious is telling us.

The first part of each session will be devoted to the study of dreams as approached by Jung, Freud, Ashish and others. This presentation and discussion will be recorded and shared with registered members of Dream Circle.

In the remaining part of each session, participants are encouraged to bring a dream and present its context, the life event that may have stimulated it, and the emotions as felt within the dream and upon awakening. Discussion of the dream is then opened up to the other members, who begin with, “If this was my dream …” and give their interpretation of the dream’s meaning. Interpretations cover many levels of a dream, including the mundane, higher Self, spiritual and symbolic, and often uncover exciting revelations of issues that may have been troubling or confusing.

Suggested donation $35 

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Wheaton Olcott Lodge

Every Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. CDT [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 - 11:00 a.m. CDT [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 the Friday Gurdjieff Study Group without joining the Theosophical Society. For full information and personal application, please email Gwynne.Mayer@gmail.com or SyGinsburg@aol.com.