The Theosophical Society in America

Webinar Schedule

Friday Online Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri Sep 22 @10:00AM - 11:15AM

Meditation Practices and Perspectives
Sun Sep 24 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM

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

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Sep 25 @10:30AM - 11:30AM

Nisargadatta Advaita Study Group
Mon Sep 25 @12:30PM - 01:45PM

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

Theosophy Raw and Unfiltered: From the Vedas to the Present

with Dara Tatray

USA Central time: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
August 29 - October 3 (6 Weeks)

Australia Eastern time: Wednesdays, 10 - 11 a.m.
August 30 - October 4 (6 Weeks)

DaraTatray_f.jpgH. P. Blavatsky and other leading figures in the Theosophical Society have referred to the existence of a continuous stream of guidance reaching out to us from ancient times right up to modern-day Theosophy. In this six-week webinar Dara will explore the deep roots of Theosophy as they are present in the psychology and cosmology of the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, providing a solid introduction to the main tenets of the ancient wisdom.

Dara Tatray holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science (UNSW 2006) and has been a student of Theosophy and Vedānta since 1979. A past President of the Australian Section, she is currently the National Secretary of the TS in Australia.

 $35 suggested donation

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The Kabbalah: Key to Hidden Knowledge

with Richard Smoley

Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time

September 7-28 (4 classes)

Richard SmoleyThe Kabbalah, a mystical teaching rooted in Judaism, has played a central role in the Western esoteric traditions for hundreds of years. In this four-part webinar, Richard Smoley will explore the history and ideas of this tradition. He will explore the Kabbalistic diagram known as the Tree of Life and show how it relates to human life and consciousness. He will also introduce some new material on the Sefer Yetzirah, the oldest and one of the most mysterious Kabbalistic texts. The course will be accessible to beginners, but it should interest more advanced students as well.

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.

$50 Nonmembers - $40 Members

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Four Points, Five Questions: The Emerging Spirituality of the Second Axial Age

with Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. Central time

September 11 - October 2 (4 Classes)

Rabbi Rami ShapiroA hallmark of the Second Axial Age is the emergence of the spiritually independent: seekers of any faith and none who borrow texts, teachings, and practices from a number of religions without necessarily identifying with any one religion in particular. Working with this population requires not merely a basic grounding in “world religion,” but also a deep appreciation for Perennial Wisdom, the shared insights at the mystic heart of all religion. In this web series Rabbi Rami, author of Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent and The World Wisdom Bible will explore the four core teachings of Perennial Wisdom, the five key questions asked by every spiritual seeker, and how together these can create a vibrant spirituality without labels and limits.

Week One: Axial Turnings; Week Two: Perennial Wisdom; Week Three: The Five Questions; Week Four: an Emerging Spirituality for the 21st Century

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Ph.D., is an award–winning author of over thirty books on religion and spirituality. A professor of religious studies, student of the Ramakrishna Order of Vedanta Hinduism, and a congregational rabbi, Rabbi Rami currently directs the One River Foundation for the study of Perennial Wisdom and heads its World Wisdom Bible project. He also writes the “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” column for Spirituality and Health magazine, and hosts the magazine’s weekly podcast, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami (www.spiritualityhealth.com). Contact him through his website: oneriverfoundation.org.

$50 Nonmembers - $40 Members

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Developing Spirituality through the Goddess: Part I

with Gwynne Mayer

Mondays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

October 9 - November 27 (8 classes)

Our culture is going through a major shift away from the patriarchy…So what’s next? Join Gwynne Mayer for an intense study of how the Goddess works in our psyches to create a healthy connection between the matriarchy and patriarchy. We will begin by looking closely at how we personally relate to the goddesses in our culture and in our personal lives, discussing everything from the goddess in Isis Unveiled to C. G. Jung and the study of the Goddess Archetype. We will work with several texts, focusing on The Goddess Within by Roger and Jennifer Woolger.

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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Astrological Counsel Workshop for 2018

with Gwynne Mayer

Saturday, October 28

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central time

Gwynne-MayerJoin Gwynne Mayer for an exploration of your personal chart and what the New Year will bring, paying special attention to Solar Charts and learning how to read them for each month in 2018. This will be a lively and interactive discussion of what to be aware of in the year ahead, and where there will be possibilities to advance spiritually, physically and cosmically. Personal charts will be asked for. This class is designed for beginners through advanced students.

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!

$40 members, $50 non-members

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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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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
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: 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