Good News

Good News from Slovenia 1

We were very happy to have our friend and EFTS Chairman, Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu once again in Slovenia in the week from 17-24 October. First she gave a public talk in Ljubljana on the theme “The Future of Humanity.”

Former Regional Secretaries of the TS in Slovenia, Mrs. Cveta Starič (on the right) and Mrs. Irena Polanc Kristan (on the left) in company of the EFTS Chairman Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu

After her talk in Ljubljana she conducted a weekend seminar near Koper on the Slovenian coast. The theme of the seminar was “Foundations of Wisdom” especially dealing with the questions: The Basis of Consciousness; Can Attention Be Practiced? and What Is Meditation? The talks and the seminar were well attended and the participants showed great interest asking many thoughtful questions, vividly participating in the discussions. Some members of the International Centre of Theosophical Studies and Research – Adyar in Cervignano, Italy also joined the seminar in Slovenia.

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Good News from Spain

Last August, from the 26th to the 31st, the Theosophical Summer School of the Spanish Section took place with an attendance of about 110 participants.


Smiling faces and hard to get all on one photo

According to those present it was a school with an impressive theme, conducted by Mrs. Trân-Thi-Kim-Dieu, who spoke about “Foundations of Wisdom”. The group work in the afternoons, following the talks given by the guest speaker in the mornings, was also much appreciated.

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Good News from International Theosophy Conferences

The historical 2012 meeting of International Theosophy Conferences held August 9–12 at Olcott in Wheaton, Illinois, USA, was a success. Representatives from various Theosophical groups and also independent Theosophists made significant steps forward to come together respectfully on a shared platform. During this four-day meeting, delegates from all corners of the globe had the opportunity to meet and discuss important issues.


Participants

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Good News from the Net

On July 7th, 2012, a new Theosophical discussion site officially opened its doors: Theosophy Nexus. Very much a collective effort, it was conceived and built by three Theosophists keenly interested in finding a way to translate the Theosophical group study experience to the medium of the internet in the best possible way. Careful consideration has been given to the mitigation of some of the potential drawbacks of internet group discussion while infusing the same with the best and highest aspects of face-to-face discussions that already occur all over the world. It is our mission to foster a productive, positive and harmonious atmosphere in which participants can share what they have learned in their studies with other fellow students.

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Good News from Slovenia

We are pleased to make mention of this very special event once more:

Symposium on the life and work of Baroness Adelma von Vay

KUD Logos publishing (International journal for postsecular theoria, poesis and praxis) has recently released the Slovenian translation of the book Spirit, Power, And Matter, originally published in 1870 and written with the help of automatic writing by the then 29-year old Baroness von Adelma von Vay (1840-1925), from Slovenske Konjice (Gonobitz).


Adelma von Vay in her studio

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Good news from Paris

Promoting the application of Theosophical principles - funerals

Following its Annual General Meeting in May, the TOS in France organized a seminar on a rather delicate theme: “Burial, cremation and alternative funeral services”. The seminar attracted more than 50 participants keen to gain a Theosophical perspective on cremation in a predominantly Roman Catholic country where burial is the traditional practice. Participants were presented with a 60-page file containing items such as:

•    Why cremation? The writings of Theosophists and other leading thinkers: H.P. Blavatsky, Annie Besant, C.W. Leadbeater, A.E. Powell, Geoffrey Barborka, Eliphas Lévi, Rudolf Steiner, Alice Bailey, J. Krishnamurti…
•    Col. Olcott’s account of the first cremation organised in the USA
•    Perspectives on burial and cremation in the Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu traditions
•    Perspectives amongst Freemasons, Rosicrucians and Liberal Catholics

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Good News from India

SHE – A new TOS Project at Adyar

The Strength, Health & Energy [SHE] Project was commenced on August 12, 2012, on the birth anniversary of H.P. Blavatsky, following the success of The Seeing Eyes for Everyone [SEE] Project, which was started in September, 2007, to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Damodar K. Mavalankar. The project aims to address the health & vitality issues of the underprivileged. The first step has been to conduct a battery of tests as part of a Master Health Check-up package for employees & contract workers at the Adyar Headquarters. The process was carried out at Precision Diagnostics, which is a part of the Medall group.

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Good News from Olcott in Wheaton

Radha Burnier, the international president of the Theosophical Society - Adyar, recently visited the American section's Olcott headquarters. During her stay she had an opportunity to meet with many long time friends and co-workers, and with staff and volunteers who were meeting her for the first time. On one of the days she spoke with staff about the international character of the TS, its future, and purpose.

For this this short talk click here:

Theosophy Forward publishes photos taken during this historical visit.


Radha Burnier and Tim Boyd


Meeting of the Theosophical Investment Trust with John Kern (l) Augie Hirt and Floyd Kettering


Presenting Ruben Cabigting’s portrait of Radha Burnier


Children present a gift to Radha Burnier during the Bedtime Stories event with Pat Griebler and Lily Boyd (r)


The international president with the Olcott staff

 

Good News from the Theosophical Encyclopedia

A New Version of the Theosophical Encyclopedia

Widely praised as the best one-volume source for Theosophical terms, the Theosophical Encyclopedia, edited by Philip S. Harris, Vicente R. Hao Chin, Jr., and Richard W. Brooks (Quezon City, Philippines: Theosophical Publishing House, 2006) is now undergoing updating and expansion for a new online version that will be posted on the Web and thus freely available to all who use the Internet. By keeping pace with new developments in technology and information, it will make the Ancient Wisdom yet more available to the modern world.

The new online version of the Theosophical Encyclopedia is calledTheosopedia and is being edited by John Algeo (General Editor), Vicente Hao Chin Jr. (Associate Editor), and Robert Ellwood (Consulting Editor). The print version contains some 1,200 articles by 110 authors; the new online version will greatly exceed those numbers. It will update articles from the print edition and add many new ones, all with sharp focus on Theosophical relevance and comprehensive coverage.

If you would like to contribute to this new version of the encyclopedia, send the General Editor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) a message listing your areas of interest and add any information you care to share about your background in Theosophy.

Click here …

http://theosophy.ph/theosopedia

Good News from the I.T.C. Naarden, The Netherlands

THE
PARAMITAS

or Transcendental
Virtues

A Silent Retreat based on
The Voice of the Silence
by Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu
19-22 July 2012
Language: English and French

International Theosophical Centre
Meentweg 9, 1411 GR Naarden
The Netherlands
www.itc-naarden.org


Silence…only silence

The object of the retreat is to share time in the peaceful atmosphere of the Centre, which
fosters a quiet mind that is the beginning of right action. The continuity of these retreats during previous years helps to create and consolidate true understanding through the zetetic (deep inquiring) way of thinking which is a guarantee for long-lasting spiritual development of both the individual and the Centre.

This retreat is jointly organized by The Theosophical Society in Europe (EFTS), The International Theosophical Centre (ITC) and The Theosophical Society in The Netherlands (TVN).

Registration Procedure
• Registration can only be done for the entire
retreat.
• Early registration is a guarantee for lodging
and meals.
• Cancellation before 8th July results in a
refund minus E 50.
• Reservations will only be made final after
payment of the fee.



Please send the registration form to:
International Theosophical Centre
Seminar registration ITC - Retreat 2012
Valkeveenselaan 19, 1411 GT Naarden
The Netherlands

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The registration form can also be downloaded from the website: www.itc-naarden.org.

Good News from International Theosophy Conferences

International Theosophy Conference - August 9 - 12, 2012
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON KARMIC CYCLES

UNITY AND FRATERNIZATION

This year’s International Theosophy Conference (ITC) will take place from August 9 through August 12 at the Society’s headquarters in Wheaton, Illinois. This is the first time that TSA has hosted this event which for fifteen years has been held on the West Coast, East Coast and in Europe.


Olcott, TSA Headquarters in Wheaton, Illinois

The theme of the conference is “Karmic Cycles: Wheels of Spiritual Growth.”

The conference features speakers and guests from several different Theosophical organizations. There are also unaffiliated speakers on such subjects as psychology, astrophysics or any of the great religions or spiritual paths from around the world.

The objects of ITC include and support the original Three Objects particularly as expressed in the writings of H.P. Blavatsky and to foster intercommunication between all Theosophical traditions.

Among the keynote speakers are: Michael Gomes, Jerry Hejka-Ekins, and Sally and James Colbert.

The cost of registration and meals together should be about $200. For more information please see the special page on the ITC website. Click here: 
http://www.theosconf.org/ANNOUNCEMENTS/update2012conference.html

The ITC website: www.theosconf.org

You may also email this year's organizer, Garrett Riegg, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In August all roads lead to Olcott in Wheaton!

Check out what took place during last year’s meeting in Julian, California, click here: 
http://www.theosconf.org/VIDEOS/videos%20conf%202011.html

Good News from the TOS

International TOS Conference 2013

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE

The Theosophical Society in America National Headquarters,
Wheaton, Illinois (Chicago) U.S.A.

Wednesday July 24 to Friday July 26, 2013

We are happy to announce that the TS and TOS in America have kindly agreed to host a three-day international TOS Workers’ Conference at Olcott, its national centre in Wheaton, Illinois.

TOS office-bearers and those with responsibilities in the TOS at international, national or local level are warmly invited to attend.

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Good News from Spain

The “Jornadas Ibéricas de Teosofía” took place in The Escorial-Madrid between April 5-8. “Principles and Axioms of the Esoteric Doctrine” was the general topic, presented by several students of the “Institute of Studies HPB,” and which included different and interesting aspects. The “Jornadas” began in 1978, and were held in Portugal and Spain in order to foster brotherhood between the members of both countries. For the last couple of years, due to the current situation of the nearby country, the brothers from Portugal have not been able to come.  However, there is no doubt the contact established for so many years has given way to this feeling of brotherhood, for, in spite of their physical absence, we felt them with us as an affectionate and heartfelt memory.


Participants

It is well known that each Theosophical meeting and study ought to leave among the students, that is in all of us, some element that encourages self-transformation. In a world full of suffering, there is a need for keen and dedicated Theosophical workers to keep the timeless and genuine spirit of Theosophy as a present and living concept and who are able, through the modern means of communication, to convey that spirit. This same spirit was present with us during the meeting, connecting forty-nine participants, and instilling a flavor for "more" in all of us.

Good News from Slovenia

Symposium on the life and work of Baroness Adelma von Vay

KUD Logos publishing (International journal for postsecular theoria, poesis and praxis) has recently released the Slovenian translation of the book Spirit, Power, And Matter, originally published in 1870 and written with the help of automatic writing by the then 29-year old Baroness von Adelma von Vay (1840-1925), from Slovenske Konjice (Gonobitz).


Adelma von Vay in her studio

Although at the time Baroness Adelma von Vay enjoyed world fame, till recently her life and work were practically unknown in Slovenia. That is why the Institute for the Study of Christian tradition and the Municipality of Slovenske Konjice decided to organize, along with the publication of the translation of her fundamental work, a two-day international symposium dedicated to the life and work of this extraordinary woman.

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Good News from The European School of Theosophy

The European School of Theosophy 15 – 20 October 2012

At the International Theosophical Centre in Naarden, the Netherlands

'A Mind to Embrace the Universe'

This poetical phrase from The Secret Doctrine arouses the spiritual intuition that the human mind has the potential to silently worship, understand and embody the Universe. Unlike a purely analytical and intellectualistic approach to life, an embracing mind experiences the world as a kosmos, a great, wonderful order. A central Theosophical teaching is that our mind is essentially a deathless emanation of the kosmic mind. There is therefore a sacred relationship between divine ideation, nature’s intelligent design and man’s capacity to comprehend and honor both.

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Good News from the I.T.C. in Naarden, The Netherlands

Cosmogenesis


The Creation of the
Cosmos as Described in
the Stanzas of Dzyan


A Seminar with Martin Leiderman

12-17 June 2012


The Stanzas of Dzyan are considered to be part of the earliest writings on the Ancient wisdom.They are the foundation of H.P. Blavatsky’s major work, The Secret Doctrine.

The seminar provides a unique opportunity for deeper understanding of the Stanzas of Dzyan. The Stanzas will be explored in a modern, illustrative and interactive way. They will be compared with modern science, philosophical traditions and religious stories on the creation of the cosmos and man.

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