The Theosophical Society in America

Webinar Schedule

Friday Online Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri Jun 23 @10:00AM - 11:15AM

Inner Transformation through Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita
Sat Jun 24 @10:00AM - 11:00AM

Meditation Practices and Perspectives
Sun Jun 25 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Jun 26 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Jun 26 @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

The Secret Doctrine: The Birth of Humanity

with Pablo Sender

For the convenience of participants in different time zones, each class will be available live at two different times. In addition, all classes are recorded. Any registered student can watch them at any time.

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central time (4:30 – 6:00 p.m. UTC)
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Central time (Wednesday 1:00 - 2:30 a.m. UTC)

May 23 – June 27 (6 classes)

Pablo SenderThe Secret Doctrine was H. P. Blavatsky's magnum opus and became a foundational contribution to modern esoteric philosophy. The core of this work is the "Stanzas of Dzyan," a collection of secret aphorisms that describe the development of the universe and humanity from an esoteric point of view. In this series Pablo Sender will explore the birth of humanity on Earth as it is described on Stanza VII of the first volume and selected passages from the second volume of The Secret Doctrine.

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: pablosender.wordpress.com

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Inner Transformation through Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita

with Ravi Ravindra

Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Central time, USA*

June 3-24 (4 classes)

Ravi RavindraIf there is one lesson from all the scriptures and all the sages, it is this: As long as I remain the way I am, I cannot come to the Truth (or God or Brahman). Explore the various yogas taught by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, a classic of Yoga, for inner transformation. This course will be based on The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life by Ravi Ravindra (Shambhala Publications, April 2017).

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.

*Nova Scotia: noon to 1:00 p.m., England: 4:00–5:00 p.m., rest of Europe: 5:00-6:00 p.m., India: 8:30-9:30 p.m.

$50 Nonmembers - $40 Members

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Journey into Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Part II)

with Sy Ginsburg, Weyler Green and Gwynne Mayer

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 PM Central time

July 11-August 29 (8 Weeks)

Carl JungThis course is a continuation of our own personal journey with Carl Jung’s autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections. We pick up in Jung’s Student Years and will explore the ways Jung formed his ideas and how we personally connect to the experiences that made such an impact on his life. We will read and discuss important sections from the text, interacting with our individual understandings. The sessions will be recorded. If you have read the book previously or want to continue with us from Part I, you are welcome to join us.

Seymour (Sy) Ginsburg, JD, was a 19 year pupil of Sri Madhava Ashish. He is the author and editor of the textbook An Open Window: Dream as Everyman’s Guide to the Spirit (Penguin, 2007). He has been a member of the Theosophical Society for 38 years.

Dr. Weyler Greene is the Evanston C.G. Jung Center analyst-in-residence and a clinical consultant at the June Singer Clinic. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA and is a graduate of the Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Dr. Greene has taught at the California Graduate Institute, Los Angeles; Antioch University, LA Campus; and the Los Angeles Jung Institute.

Gwynne Mayer, MA, has thirty years of post-graduate work in the areas of Jungian analysis, Gestalt therapy, child psychology focusing on autism/schizophrenia, and educational leadership. She has studied the works of 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!

$40 donation recommended

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Astrological Counseling for Spiritual Emergencies

with Gwynne Mayer

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

July 12 – August 30 (8 Weeks)

Gwynne MayerIf you want to learn more about your individual chart and the charts of loved ones, this course is for you. Gwynne Mayer will teach you how to work with your personal astrological chart to delineate what is important in it, and how to use the chart to help you handle life’s challenges. This course will focus on consulting individuals working through spiritual crises and traumas. Recordings will only be available to those participating in the class.

Gwynne Mayer, MA, has thirty years of post-graduate work in the areas of Jungian analysis, Gestalt therapy, child psychology focusing on autism and schizophrenia, and educational leadership. She has studied the works of 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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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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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: pablosender.wordpress.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
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

Raja Yoga: A Simplified and Practical Course

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 May 10, 2017 we will start a new series exploring the book Raja Yoga - A Simplified and Practical Course by Theosophist Wallace Slater. 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: pablosender.wordpress.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, 7 - 8 PM

We are pleased to announce that the Wheaton-Olcott Theosophical Study Center, which meets at the National Center of the Theosophical Society in America, will embark upon a program of study open to members of the Theosophical Society. Attendance is free and can be online or in person. Visit the Study Center's webpage to see the resources, topics we will begin to explore this year and how to register to participate from home. Send an email to info@wheatonolcottbranch.org letting us know the name under which you are a member of the TS in America, and we will e-mail you back an ID and password. Then click here and sign in the online room with the information we sent you.

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish

Anthropogenesis in the Stanzas of Dzyan

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

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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Read more: Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish

The Dream Circle

An Online Dream Study Group
Wednesdays,  12:30 - 1:30 PM (Central Time) ongoing

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.

Read more: The Dream Circle

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.

Read more: Practical Teachings of Gurdjieff: The Fourth Way