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 August and September 2018

August

Wednesday
1st

1:00pm
‘Crystal Revelations’ – John Ovidi

What are crystals?  What do they mean to you?  How and why are they used? Do they have unique powers?

Wednesday
8th
1:00pm
 
‘Slideshow from Swedenborg’s Guided Bus Tour of Heaven – Joe Vandermeer

Okay, so the 17th century scientist and spiritual journalist Emanuel Swedenborg wasn’t driven through heaven on a tour bus, but if we imagine that this is how he got shown around, and look at the scenery and explanations he was offered (which are real from his own accounts) then we have a fairly interesting preview of this most fascinating spiritual place. Perhaps if we take note, we might even adjust some of our natural life so that we have a packed suitcase ready for when we get to make such a such a journey firsthand. Come and enjoy the show.

Wednesday
15th
1:00pm
‘The Magic of Kinesiology’ – Grazyna 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
22nd
1:00pm
‘Yoga Upanisads’ – Ruth Perini

Ruth will present knowledge from the texts of the Vedas together with that of other religious texts, such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas.  She will then introduce commentaries by Swami Satyadharma Saraswati on three Yoga Upanisads.

Wednesday
29th
1:00pm
‘The Extended Mind’ – Rupert Sheldrake – DVD Presentation

Can people influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even if all sensory clues are eliminated?  Can animals detect people’s intentions from far away?  Rupert Sheldrake, author, critic, parapsychology researcher who developed the concept of morphic resonance upon which telepathy relies, presents the results of experiments answering these and other questions on the nature of the mind which, as he explains, is more extensive than the brain.  His experiments validate the increase in telepathy in our modern world, commensurate with advances in technology and suggesting implications for the field of alternative medicine.

September

Wednesday
5th
1:00pm
‘Science of the Buddha’s Wisdom’ – Dr Rulin Xiu

Buddha’s profound teaching is difficult for most people to comprehend.  Quantum physicist,
Dr Rulin Xiu, will explain how to use quantum physics and some major breakthroughs in Science, Tao Science, to explain and help people understand Buddha’s wisdom at a deep level.  Dr Rulin will also conduct quantum meditation to help people experience Buddha’s wisdom.

Wednesday
5th
6:30pm
‘Quantum Physics of Spirit’ – Dr Rulin Xiu

Quantum physicist and string theorist, Dr Rulin Xiu, has been working on the grand unification theory for more than 30 years.  Together with her spiritual teacher Dr and Master Zhi Gang Sha she has made major breakthroughs in bringing science and spirituality together.  In this talk she will present how to use quantum physics to study spirit, spiritual phenomena and consciousness.  She will reveal her great discovery that quantum physics can scientifically and mathematically explain spiritual phenomena and wisdom.  She will share how to use quantum physics of spirit to empower you to lift up your life to a higher level of existence with higher abilities, deeper wisdom and greater potential. You will discover powerful techniques that will open new doors for more love, joy and development.

Wednesday
12th
1:00pm
‘Music for healing: Sound, Vibration & Frequency’ – Victoria Hamilton Boz

Music is central to our existence. Our mothers’ heartbeat is the first rhythm we are aware of… the babbling brook, waves washing upon a pebble beach, and the sound of raindrops on an iron roof — as soothing as a lullaby — are all sources of healing.

From age-old hymns and chants to singing bowls and laughter yoga, music shows the way to an enlightened state of being…  it reminds us of our divinity. In that harmonious state, where we are centred-in-self and feeling truly alive, and truly connected, healing takes place.

Wednesday
19th
1:00pm
‘The Wallace Line’ – Suzanne and Patrick Medway

The Wallace Line is the fauna and zoological boundary line drawn in 1859 by the British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace.  Suzanne and Patrick will explore with us this transitional zone between Asia and Australia.

Wednesday
26th
1:00pm
‘The Heart Sutra’ – Walter Mason

“Form is emptiness and emptiness is form”’ – what are we to make of such a statement? This talk looks at the essence and meaning of Mahayana Buddhism’s shortest and most enigmatic sacred text, The Heart Sutra. We will explore how the Sutra was delivered, its history across cultures and how it is manifested and used in the lived traditions of Buddhism today.

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)


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).

August 2018

Saturday
11th
2:00pm
‘Sewing the Spiritual Seeds’ – Lucille Crocker

An exploration of the third object of our Theosophical Society which is ‘to investigate the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in the human being’. In this presentation the emphasis will be on our latent powers. Let us look within and discover who we really are!

September 2018

Saturday
8th

2:00pm

‘Luminous Presence – Attending to the Heart of Life’ – Marie Bertelle

As human beings we have a special capacity, which we chronically overlook.  It is our own essential nature, which generally passes unnoticed, unexamined – our attention, is usually ‘elsewhere’, directed ‘outwards’ towards the world and its objects, and we blithely ignore the very instrument of our own knowing. 

Yet hidden under our very noses is a treasure beyond price.  For those (few) who dare to stop, ‘turn around’ and really look into their own being, a great opening and blossoming may follow.  They may come to dwell, consciously, in the very current of Life – secure, fearless, unruffled.  From here radiates Wisdom, Love, Compassion – and it is perhaps only from here that any action in the world, makes sense.

Our own nature – this is perhaps the power latent in the human being; and to be fully awake in this, our calling.  This is what we will explore together.

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.

August 2018

Saturday
25th
2:00pm
‘Annie Besant: Many Lives, One Purpose’

Presented by Pedro Oliviera – National Education Co-ordinator

An ineradicable commitment to Truth and Justice led Annie Besant, from a young age, to open her heart and mind to the suffering of humanity. This presentation will review important moments in her life: from a respected social activist in London to the presidency of the Theosophical Society, culminating in a courageous and soul-driven campaign for India’s independence.

All donations to the Helena Petronova Blavatsky Hostel.  

September 2018

Saturday
22nd
2:00pm
‘I Don’t Really Care About Nature. Do You

Presented by Keith Howes – TS Member and Presenter

Will human beings ever understand and truly care about ‘Nature’? But, do they need to?

Keith Howes celebrates some ecological heretics, who challenged sentimentalism and anthropomorphism about the natural world we all live in.

All donations to the Olcott School.

 


Courses Program

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

Ongoing courses and study classes June and July 2018

Every Wednesday 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)

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

Seven Great Religions

Led by Rosanna Cummins

 

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 3:30pm – 5:30pm.

“An Introduction to Theosophy”

The classes will consist of an initial meditation followed by a Pablo Sender video, a short break for refreshments and rapport building and finishing off with questions and answers.

Cost: $5.00

Led by Rosanna Cummins

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)

2nd & 4th Thursdays of the Month: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

“The Krishnamurti Experience”

Krishnamurti was a philosopher, deep thinker, speaker, writer, and amazing teacher. He and his brother were adopted when young boys by Dr. Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society.

Some of his subject matters were: mind and consciousness, psychological revolution, nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships and many others.

Come and live a Krishnamurti teaching, experience one of his talks and explore with Leon Horsnell the DVD viewing.

Entry by donation.

Facilitator: Leon Horsnell (member of the Krishnamurti Australia committee)

1st & 3rd Fridays of the Month: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Secret Gateway” 

This is a new course.

Facilitators Dianne Kynaston and Julian Ochoa will study with you the book “The Secret Gateway” by Edward Abdill. This fantastic book will be used to study the basic tenets of theosophy.

“An old theosophical aphorism says that theosophy has shallow pools in which children can safely wade and ocean depths in which even giants must swim. The Secret Gateway is a connecting channel between the pools and the deep ocean” – John Alegó

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.