Programs and Courses


For most activities, contributions by non-members: $6; members $3, will help to defray the expenses of running the Lodge. 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 June and July 2017

June

Wednesday
7th

1:00pm

The Three Fundamental Propositions of Theosophy – Dianne Kynaston

An exploration of the core teachings of H.P. Blavatsky which concern the Unknown Root of All Life, its cyclic nature, and the unity that connects all to the One.

Wednesday
14th
1:00pm
 
Basic Principles of the Science of Mind – Vera Zegarac

Dr. Bailes was born in New Zealand and studied medicine in London. In the course of his medical practice, he understood the importance of thoughts in our life. He stressed the fact that our circumstances are always the reflection of our inner thinking, and that we must look inside ourselves for the real causes of our sorrows and joys. His book The Science of Mind delves into the workings of the human mind and the thought process that is manifested in every aspect of our everyday life including health. He offers some treatment methods to help us heal.

To sum it up, Dr. Bailes says: “The thoughts become things”.

Wednesday
21st
1:00pm and
6:00pm

National Speaker – Barry Bowden

1:00pm – Future Destiny of Humanity

Humanity’s consciousness is at present an unfinished work. We look at what the future cycles will unfold in our consciousness, but in order to understand the future, the distant past is studied. This is a fascinating journey through to our future awareness. It has been said that before the end of this cycle, we shall have seven physical senses.

6:00pm – Is there a Path between Pain and Pleasure? It is called Peace

We explore whether there is a path between these two states. Pain is like an unwelcome visitor that comes into our lives when it pleases; however always bringing truth eventually. Pleasure seems to be fleeting. Is there something that lasts forever which can take their place?

Yes. It’s called Peace!

Please see the ‘Special Events’ page for more information about the day.

Wednesday
28th
1:00pm
Spirituality, Religion and Superstition – Maureen Chen

Spirituality is living in the awareness of the non-physical self, the actor playing out a role through the body. In this consciousness we experience an inter-connectedness to all things. Religion can greatly support this endeavour. However when we are not in this state our motives become fear based.  Spirituality is based on experience, religion on tradition and superstition on fear.

   

July

Wednesday
5th
1:00pm
Theosophy and Hermeticism – Julian Ochoa Sanchez

Many questions arise regarding the relationship between theosophy and hermeticism. What is hermeticism, what are its origins, and what relationship, if any, does it have with theosophy? 

Julian Ochoa will provide answers to these questions.

Wednesday
12th
1:00pm
Solving the Problem of Current Global Disharmony:  An Islamic Perspective – Dr Mehmet Ozalp

Established in 2009, ISRA Australia (Islamic Sciences & Research Academy Australia) focuses on community building and cooperation in religious, social, environmental and other major areas for Australia and the global society.  Dr Mehmet Ozalp will explain the aims, objectives and core principles of this organisation, and its role in a historical process of reconciliation.

Wednesday
19th
1:00pm
Swedenborg and Current World Affairs – Joe Vandermeer

Many people interested in growing a conscious soul are today at a loss to know how to interpret world affairs. In this presentation we will attempt to shed some light on our human condition with the help of key principles contained in the remarkable works of the spiritual explorer Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1770) and his unique experiences. Swedenborg was involved in politics as a member of parliament, a diplomatic traveller and personally served the Swedish King. Besides exploring psychological and spiritual matters, he also wrote about fiscal policy and came up with many useful inventions. He oversaw Sweden’s mining operations and mastered many crafts, as well as the scientific knowledge of his day. His books were deemed important enough to be shipped to Australia on the First Fleet. He reached great minds such as our second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin and many influential social reformers and authors including Goethe, William James, Carl Jung, Emerson, Arthur Conan Doyle and Helen Keller.

Wednesday
26th
1:00pm
Mindful What Now? – Nicholas Rolfe

Mindfulness can improve your concentration, increase productivity, help with emotional regulation and enhance connection with other people.  It is a proven technique embraced by the psychology profession and big business alike.  In this speech a self-confessed meditation junkie shares his personal journey with mindfulness, breaks mindfulness down into simple, workable steps that you can apply to your everyday life and covers some of the potential traps of “McMindfulness” in the corporate world and spiritual bypassing in one’s own inner world.


Special Groups/Events

2nd and 4th
Wednesdays
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Yoga of Theosophy East and West: Exploring the Dimension of Unity in Cosmos and Mind

Facilitator: Dara Tatray

A familiarity with the core teachings of the perennial philosophy, or the ancient wisdom tradition, enables us to deepen our understanding of Theosophy and of ourselves.

In this series of short talks, discussions and workshops we will focus on self-transformation and the field of unity, in the world and in consciousness, the thread that binds together the three Objects of the Theosophical Society into a comprehensive whole. Along with the works of
H.P. Blavatsky and other key thinkers in the theosophical movement, we will draw on the Vedas, the Upanisad-s, the works of Plato, Taoism and the Kabbalah —wherever our enquiry leads us, without straying from the purpose at hand.

Expected outcomes:

  • A deeper understanding of key theories/teachings, and of ourselves
  • An added depth of spiritual practice through learning together
  • Eventually, contributing to and trialling a new course on Theosophy and The Theosophical Society based on what we have learned and questions arising in discussions

This is an opportunity to explore the process of self-transformation at the heart of the theosophical movement, to acquire the necessary theoretical foundations, and to help each other along the way. As the actor and Catholic activist Martin Sheen once put it: “We don’t go to heaven we become heaven, and it’s something we choose here”.

When: From 4:00pm to 5:30pm on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

Registration essential.

Please contact Pamela Peterson or Dara Tatray to register, providing your contact details.


Members’ Circle

Blavatsky Lodge of the Theosophical Society [Members only]

A forum for members, 2nd Saturday each month at 1:00pm (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).

June 2017

Saturday
10th
1:00pm

Convened by Pedro Oliveira

Pedro Oliveira, the Education Coordinator of the TS in Australia will delve into the exoteric and esoteric significance of Lodge Meetings. Lodge meetings may appear to be the ordinary activity of the Society, but there is more to it than just the congregation of its members. “The heart of lodge’s work is its members’ meetings.”  Let us remind ourselves of the importance of Lodge meetings, what spiritual benefit we get from these meetings and also of what we can give in return

 

July 2017

Saturday
8th

1:00pm

Great Religious Traditions of the World – Gerard Brennan and Dianne Kynaston

The Members’ Circle will be presenting a series of talks on the Great Religious Traditions of the World.

The first of this series will be on HINDUISM, to be presented by Gerard Brennan, a secondary school teacher.

Gerard is a dedicated TS member who has given talks in various TS Centres in Australia and around the world.

The second religion to be discussed on the day is BUDDHISM to be presented by
Dianne Kynaston.

Dianne is the present Resident Head of the Manor and has held the position of General Secretary of the TS in Australia for several years in the 1980s. Dianne has travelled extensively is one of our valued speakers not only in Australia but also overseas.

 The speakers will be focusing on these two major religions and how it has affected the TS and the world as a whole.

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.

June 2017

Saturday
24th
2:00pm

The TOS Open Circle Presents:

What I Have Learnt

Presented by Rev. Bill Crewes – Founder & Chairman of the Exodus Foundation

Bill will look at the big issues of the day and how he has grown as a human being while progressing with his work.

All donations will go to the Exodus Foundation.

All Welcome!

July 2017

Saturday
22nd
2:00pm

The TOS Open Circle Presents:

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Part 1

A DVD Presentation

In this beautiful Japanese production, we will look at the place of this influential book in Himalayan culture and how the process of death is dealt with.

Part 2 will be screened on 26 August.

All donations will go to the TOS Refugee Appeal in Italy.

All Welcome!


Courses Program

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

Ongoing study classes June and July 2017

For most activities, contributions by non-members $6 and members $3, help defray expenses.
Donations towards the cost of refreshments are welcome.

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:00am.
Miracles Do Happen by Brian Weiss.
Led by June Coyle

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:10am – 12:10pm.
“The Key to Theosophy”
by HP Blavatsky.

The “Key to Theosophy” was written by HPB in the format of questions and answers about the Society and its Teachings, and provides an outline of what HPB had in her mind about the work of the Society she created.
Led by Dianne Kynaston
(Resident Head of The Manor and previous NSW State Representative)

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:00am.
“The Etheric Double”
– a Theosophical book by Arthur Powell

Led by Cassandra Au

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 11:10am – 12:10pm.
“Alvin Boyd Kuhn’s Collection”
by Alvin Boyd Kuhn.Led by Robin Bird

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 5:00pm – 6:00pm.
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)


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.