Programs and Courses


Entry Fees:

Wednesday Morning Classes / Courses – Free
Meditation Groups – Gold coin donation
Special Events – as advertised
Talks – Members: $3.00   Non-members: $6.00
Courses – $5.00 per session if open to the public; otherwise gold coin donation

Donations toward the cost of providing refreshments are welcome.

Programs and courses, unless otherwise stated as ‘TS Members Only’, are for members and those interested in these subjects.

 

Wednesday Lecture Program

Program for February and March 2018

February

Wednesday
7th

1:00pm
The Ever Present Search for the Holy Grail – Linda Oliveira

This is the talk that Linda gave at the Brisbane Convention in January.

Wednesday
14th
1:00pm
 
Why The Cathars Were Destroyed by The Catholic Church – Ian Ellis-Jones

The Cathars were, for the most part, a gentle and peace-loving people. Most were vegetarians, celibate, and opposed to war, violence and capital punishment, yet more than a million of these people were brutally tortured and exterminated by agents of the Roman Catholic Church as part of the Medieval Inquisition in what was a genocide of enormous proportions.

Come and find out why.

Ian will also make reference his recent trip to Languedoc, France where the Cathars were based.

Wednesday
21st
1:00pm
Fire Worshippers of Persia – Farida Irani

Sadeh was the national festival of ancient Persia, celebrating fire, the symbol of God’s light or wisdom and the spiritual flame within us all.  Farida will discuss the history of fire worship and its role in Zoroastrianism to-day.

Wednesday
28th
1:00pm
The Four Key Skills to Take Charge of Your Life – Jeanine Sciacca

This talk is based on the Silva Method Life and Intuition System, a Dynamic Meditation personal development program which has been around for over 50 years in 110 countries and is a proven step-by-step program of easy to learn tools and techniques leading to personal success, health and happiness, designed to helping you in every area of your life.

The 4 key skills are:

  1. How to remain calm and focused even under pressure
  2. Get clear, meaningful goals and achieve them quicker
  3. Overcome self-limiting beliefs
  4. Make better decisions and recognise opportunities

In this event, Jeanine Sciacca, Australia’s Certified Instructor of The Silva Method, will be sharing the four key skills you need to navigate life in a more graceful way, and live a healthier, happier and more successful life.

 Wednesday
28th
6:30pm
Special Event

The Mind and the Nature of Thought – William Meader

Believed to be the Slayer of the Real, the mind has historically been viewed as the adversary to the intuitive soul. Though it is true that many of the productions of the human mind have been destructive to spiritual living, it is also true that the mind is humanity’s greatest spiritual gift. The mind, when rightly used, has the power to liberate people, for it gives spiritual understanding to the circumstances of life. As such, the mind is equally the Revealer of the Real. In this presentation, an understanding of the human mind will be presented. Its spiritual function and intimate relationship to the soul will also be explored.

Admission to this talk is $15.00

March

Wednesday
7th
1:00pm
God and Evil in The Mahatma Letters – Pedro Oliveira

In their correspondence with a newspaper editor, in the early 1880s in India, the Mahatmas – Madame Blavatsky’s Teachers – presented their ideas about the theological concept of God as opposed to their view of the Oneness of all Life. They also stated their understanding of evil as having its source in the human mind and not in Nature. This will be an interactive presentation.

Wednesday
14th
1:00pm
As Deep as The Ocean, As High as The Moon: The Multi-Dimensionality of our Big Blue Brain – Keith Howes

The ‘Blue Brain Project’, which began in 2005, aims to reach deeper and further into the mysteries of the human brain. Preliminary findings suggest that each one of us could have immediate access to undreamt of multi-levels of dimensionality – 3D, 4D, 5D and counting -possibly into double figures!

Keith Howes ponders the implications of discovering a super-brain, capable of almost unlimited perception and conception, and how this ‘big blue brain’ might impact on everything from Artificial Intelligence, and Theosophy, not to mention our own daily lives.

Wednesday
21st
1:00pm
The Magic of Kinesiology – Grażyna Witkowska

This presentation will cover the principles of kinesiology and give examples of simple techniques that can be used at home for increasing one’s own vitality.

Kinesiology is a healing modality combining the Eastern principles of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the Western practice of chiropractic and osteopathy.  It asserts that anyone is an energy being, energy that manifests itself in their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual qualities.

Kinesiology can be used to increase one’s vitality, reduce stress, reduce pain, and improve relationships.  It can be a powerful tool for change, supporting people on the emotional, physical and mental levels to achieve desired goals of wellbeing and fulfilment.

Wednesday
28th
1:00pm
Women of Spiritual Integrity – Dianne Kynaston

This talk will explore a number of women who have attained a higher spiritual status in a number of different Traditions.  Such women have become Spiritual Teachers, have attained certain levels of Enlightenment or appear as a feminine aspect of a higher state of consciousness.


Special Groups (Special Events – see Special Events page)

2nd and 4th
Wednesdays
4:00pm – 5:00pm
 “The Bhagavad Gita”

The “Bhagavad Gita” is one of the most cherished classics of world spirituality. Its teachings encourage the student to find peace, balance and wisdom in daily life.This is an interactive class that encourages participation while remaining focused on Sri Krishna’s teaching to Arjuna and its relevance to our lives.

Led by Pedro Oliveira (National Education Co-ordinator)

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the Month – 4:00pm – 5:00pm


Members’ Circle

Blavatsky Lodge of the Theosophical Society [Members only]

A forum for members, 2nd Saturday each month at 2:00pm (doors open at 12:30pm).Note: These meetings include commemoration of 3 festive occasions, as close to the day as possible; Adyar Day on Feb 17 (for Adyar as a spiritual centre and focus, the passing of Henry Olcott and the birth of Charles Leadbeater), White Lotus Day on May 8 (for the passing of Helena Blavatsky), and Founders Day on Nov 17 (for the founding of the TS).

February 2018

Saturday
10th
2:00pm
The Members’ Circle Program continues the study of the Great Religious Traditions of the World. The speakers are dedicated members of the Lodge who willingly gave their precious time and effort to share their study of the different traditions in the light of Theosophy.

Julian Ochoa will speak about ‘Native American Spirituality’.  Today we will explore the spiritual ideas of the Native American people, including their culture, essential beliefs and values regarding all things spiritual.

March 2018

Saturday
10th

2:00pm

The Members’ Circle Program continues the study of the Great Religious Traditions of the World. The speakers are dedicated members of the Lodge who willingly gave their precious time and effort to share their study of the different traditions in the light of Theosophy.

Linda Oliveira will speak about ‘The Theosophical Tradition: From Principles, to Teachings, to Transformation’. Today we will consider the main principles of this tradition, some teachings deriving from them and what is implied in the transformation of the human being.

All TS Members from around the world are Welcome


Theosophical Order of Service (T.O.S)

“A union of all who love for the service of all who suffer”.

TOS MEETING: Led by Richard Larkin and Lucille Crocker.
Discussion of current welfare topics and other issues.
TOS Members & Friends Welcome
4th Saturday each month.
If you would like to become actively involved, there is a business meeting which commences at 12:15 pm prior to the presentation.

February 2018

Saturday
24th
2:00pm

The TOS Open Circle Presents:

“Much Ado About Everything”: Enlightenment, Infinity & the Mind

Presented by John Spraggon, Mathematician and TOS member.

John will explore the science, philosophy and mathematics of the Infinite.

All donations will go to the Exodus Foundation.

All Welcome!

March 2018

Saturday
24th
2:00pm

The TOS Open Circle Presents:

Cultivating the Empty Field: The Zen Philosophy of Master Hongzhi

Presented by Richard Larkin, President of the TOS in Sydney.

A look at the philosophy & poetry of the great Zen Master whose influence on Zen lasts to this day.

All donations will go to the Women’s Welfare Centre at Adyar.

All Welcome!


Courses Program

Theosophy
Religion, Philosophy, Science
Including the Arts and related subjects

Ongoing study classes February and March 2018

Wednesday mornings from 10:00am to 12:10pm

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:00am.

Seven Great Religions

Led by Rosanna Cummins

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:10am – 12:10pm.

A Study Guide to the Mahatma Letters
The Mahatma Letters are a large series of correspondence between A.P. Sinnett and H.P. Blavatsky’s Teachers, though some letters were sent to other T.S. members.  The Letters contain much of the main core of Theosophical Teachings.  The original Letters are now in the British Museum.

Led by Dianne Kynaston
(Resident Head of The Manor and previous NSW State Representative)

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:00am.

“The Astral Body” 

Led by Cassandra Au

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 11:10am – 12:10pm.

A Study Guide to the Mahatma Letters
The Mahatma Letters are a large series of correspondence between A.P. Sinnett and H.P. Blavatsky’s Teachers, though some letters were sent to other T.S. members.  The Letters contain much of the main core of Theosophical Teachings.  The original Letters are now in the British Museum.

Led by Dianne Kynaston
(Resident Head of The Manor and previous NSW State Representative)

Meditation

Meditation Weekly Program

Wednesdays 3:00pm to 3:30pm in the Meditation Room on the Mezzanine.

‘Open Circle Meditation’ session. Your 30 minutes slice of Inner Peace!

A Guided Meditation session for compassion and harmony, led by Lucille Crocker and Richard Larkin.

Join our circle to send out thoughts of healing and harmony to a world that so sorely needs peace. Everybody is invited to come along.


Fridays 12:00pm – 1:00pm with Sally Gray

Healing and Relaxation by Guidance Visualisation

The Blavatsky Lodge Meditation Room is a beautiful place. A sanctuary of peace, to feel at ease, to revive, and to rejuvenate. A place to restore your body and physical well-being; releasing your mind and body tension.To expand and harness your energy, to embrace tranquillity and harmony with guidance in healing and relaxing meditation.

Come and be connected with your spiritual energy.

All are very welcome.