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Good News from Point Loma – San Diego, USA

Dear Friends of Theosophy,

Herewith we invite you to a four days’ gathering, organized nearby the former Theosophical Headquarters at Point Loma in San Diego, California, August 2 – 5, 2012.

The POINT LOMA CONVIVIUM* is a gathering sharing the core principles and ideas that formed the unique Theosophical community at Point Loma from 1898-1942. Presentations include expositions of the important, innovative role Theosophic ideas played and still play in Religion, Philosophy, Science and Art.


Early photo of the International Theosophical Headquarters, Point Loma, California

These days are meant to give – in active ‘all-visitors’ conversation – form and soul to the theme of this Convivium. Everywhere in the world there are Theosophists active, who are in someway connected with the Theosophical activities in Point Loma. Some of those Theosophists know each other for many years, but recently the contacts between a number of ‘Point Loma’ Theosophists in America and Europe have increased and intensified. This contact and interactivity has increased during several theosophical activities in the last five years, for instance the ITC Conferences, visits to each others study groups etc, and the ongoing project digitalization of the remainders of the Point Loma Archive that is focused on the history of the Point Loma theosophical period from 1898 – 1942.

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Good News from Spain

A report of a Meditative Silent Retreat based on Light On The Path, with Trân Thi Kim-Diêu *

Casal de Pau, 3 to 6 December 2011


Participants gather for a photo

Around sixty people gathered in Casal de Pau, Arbucies for this fourth retreat in Spain where silence in action and silence in speech were practiced. Of course there were practical exercises for stretching, breathing and for walking meditations. More importantly, Kim-Diêu once again shared her reflections, this time on the theme of Light on the Path. Her very practical suggestions for leading an ethical and spiritual life were exchanged in group discussions. She spoke in English and her words were translated into Spanish by Anna Maria Torra and Nilda Venegas.

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Good News from the TOS

In the TOS International Newsletter of February 2012 you can find a collection of Theosophically orientated funeral, cremation and memorial services as well as poems and quotations. The editors mention that in the nearby future more relevant information will follow. There is definitely need for this and although it might sound paradoxical, this is certainly good news…..

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Good News from the TSA

The good news from the American Section is that its membership increased in 2011, its website is a delight to visit and the webcast schedule presented there offers wonderful programs for anyone who is interested. Click here

More: From July 20 till July 24, 2012 the Theosophical Society in America organizes its 126th Summer National Convention. National President Tim Boyd and his team have put an interesting program together with an impressive speakers list.

The theme: Science, History, & Healing - The Many Faces of the Ageless Wisdom

Dr. Rollin McCraty, Dr. Amit Goswami, Maria Parisen, Robyn Finseth, Michael Gomes and Joy Mills will speak on various subjects covering this year’s theme.

Join many others for an exceptional Summer Convention at TSA headquarters in Wheaton, Illinois.

Good News from the Net

Recently a promising new site was launched. Theosophy Forward and its team wish all those who contribute to it a lot of success. One of the initiators, Ingmar de Boer from Holland, wrote the following:

A weblog on The Book of Dzyan

The Quest for an Original Text of the Book of Dzyan


Theosophers will all be acquainted with the the series of stanzas from the Book of Dzyan which were published in 1888 as part of H.P. Blavatsky's work The Secret Doctrine. Despite the many clues Blavatsky has left us, a source text of these stanzas was never found. Only a few researchers have embarked on a quest for the original text. One of these is David Reigle, who in 1999, together with his wife Nancy, both experts in Sanskrit and Tibetan language, published the now well-known work Blavatsky's Secret Books. Some of his essential articles are to be found on the website of the Eastern Tradition Research Institute.

A blog discussion with David Reigle on the origin of the mysterious stanzas began as part of the theosophy.net community, and is now being continued on a newly opened website at http://prajnaquest.fr/blog

This weblog is established to accommodate joint research. Anyone who is interested in doing online research together, which is done on a purely scientific basis, is kindly invited to register as a participant or, without registering, to contribute by leaving a comment.


Good News from International Theosophy Conferences

International Theosophy Conference - August 9 - 12, 2012

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON KARMIC CYCLES

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.

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Good News from Spain

The Spanish Summer School this year was held from August 21 until August 27, in a hotel of the Catalan Costa Brava very close to the sea-side. Approximately eighty people participated.

The main theme of the School was "Self-Transformation Seminar" and the speaker was Vicente Hao Chin Jr. from The Philippines. Clarisa Elósegui, the General Secretary of the Spanish Section shared wonderful photos with us:



Participants of the Spanish Summer School


Vic Hao Chin Jr., Clarisa Elósegui (second from the right) and members of the Spanish Section

Good News from the IATF


Ligia Montiel Longhi

During a meeting of the Inter-American Theosophical Federation (IATF) held in Costa Rica – San José, from September 22 – 25, 2011, a new President of that body was elected. After many years during which the IATF had either a Brazilian or an Argentinean President, now, for the first time ever, the IATF is headed by a talented woman from Costa Rica, a wonderful country located in Central America.

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Good News from the Golden Link College

A letter from Vic Hao Chin Jr. – The Philippines
Theosophical education from kindergarten to university at the Golden Link College

Based on the belief that individuals must discover the core values of their lives for themselves free from fear, coercion and prejudice, the Golden Link College is committed to education as a preparation for life and not just as a means to earn a better living. Through innovative teaching methods that respect and nurture the individuality and creativity of its students, it integrates the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of their growth in a well-rounded programme. Teaching students to embrace their common humanity and to recognise their place in the web of life, the college strives to honour many faiths. It holds the conviction that individuals who are at peace with themselves will ultimately create a world at peace.

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Good News from Costa Rica

Theosophical Center in Costa Rica

From Maria Orlich in San José, we received the following message regarding the plans for building a Theosophical Center in Costa Rica.


Members meet on the grounds where soon the Center will be constructed

The property for this project is located in San Pablo de León Cortés, about 70 km. from the capital, San José, at an altitude of 1,600 m., with a very pleasant weather. The property is surrounded by a forest of native oak trees which need to be protected, so only a portion of the land is suitable for construction; for now, local authorities have allowed 700 sq. m. for this purpose.

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Good News from Ukraine

We received a report from Svitlana Gavrylenko in Ukraine. 

This year of 2011 marks the one-hundred-eightieth anniversary from the birth and the one-hundred-twentieth from the date of transition to a different plane of our outstanding compatriot Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. The International Forum, dedicated to Blavatsky's heritage and its value in the modern world, took place in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, on June 23-6.

The Forum was attended by representatives from twelve Ukrainian cities and five cities in Russia. There were also representatives from Spain, Italy, Belarus, and Romania.

Special guests of the Forum were the General Secretary of the Theosophical Society in Italy, Mr. Antonio Girardi, who was accompanied by Patrizia and Sergio Calvi; and a former President of the Theosophical Society in Spain, Mrs. Mercedes Villa Robuste, was also present. She came with her daughter Diana and granddaughter Sarah, so there were three generations of Theosophists.

Although this event took place last June, we are pleased to publish some photos to give readers of Theosophy Forward an impression.


Group photo

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Good News from New Zealand

Simple Acts of kindness

In recent issues of this newsletter [TOS in touch.online] we have celebrated some simple acts of kindness that no one gets to hear about. Now we feature a Theosophist whose service to the TS has gone largely unseen because it has always been performed in the background.



Bernice "back home" in New Zealand

The President’s Secretary

Bernice Croft acted for ten years as Secretary to our International TS President, Radha Burnier, before retiring last February and returning to her native New Zealand. While many of us around the world wish Bernice a happy retirement, we know in fact, that she is as busy as ever, and has really only changed her service address from India to New Zealand where, amongst other community activities, she has resumed her long-standing membership of Soroptimist International, a volunteer service organisation for business and professional women working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Her busy life has also included attending the annual ES retreat at The Manor in Sydney, Australia in May, joining a creative writing group and lecturing at the Wellington TS Lodge.    Bravo, Bernice!

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Good News from Costa Rica

Theosophical Center in Costa Rica

From Maria Orlich in San José, we received the following message regarding the plans for building a Theosophical Center in Costa Rica.


Members meet on the grounds where soon the Center will be constructed

The property for this project is located in San Pablo de León Cortés, about 70 km. from the capital, San José, at an altitude of 1,600 m., with a very pleasant weather. The property is surrounded by a forest of native oak trees which need to be protected, so only a portion of the land is suitable for construction; for now, local authorities have allowed 700 sq. m. for this purpose.

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Good News from Slovenia

Annual visit of the Chairman of the European Federation of Theosophical Societies (EFTS) to Slovenia.

From October 25 till November 1, 2011, the visit of the EFTS Chairman, Ms. Tran-Thi-Kim-Dieu, took place. As was the case last year, it was jointly organized by the EFTS and the independent Institute Rman in Koper with the help of a number of Slovenian Theosophical workers.


Lecture at the Creative Center Abram

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Good News from Julian, California

International Theosophy Conferences Inc. organized an impressive event in the mountains of Julian, California, on August 11–14. Julian is a small but picturesque town about one-and-a-half-hours drive from San Diego.

The theme of the conference was “The Heart of Wisdom, a Concurrence of Science and Spirituality from a Theosophical Perspective.”

During four days, Theosophists from various traditions and different parts of the world listened to excellent speakers and exchanged ideas covering a wide range of topics, such as Theosophical publications, Theosophy and health, Theosophy, education and youth, Theosophy and science, and meditation and mysticism.

Representatives of the Theosophical Society, Point Loma (The Hague), the United Lodge of Theosophists, the Adyar Theosophical Society, and two independent Theosophical groups, underscored the urgent need for Theosophical unity.


Group photo taken after the closing of the event

It was touching and encouraging to observe that a true and respectful exchange took place. Theosophists from different traditions got together on the basis of mutual respect, thus putting brotherhood into practice.

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Good News from Russia

Theosophical Work in Russia

Theosophy Forward received this report from Konstantin Zaitzev

For the last two decades Moscow was the center of the Theosophical work in Russia. Most of the Theosophical books were published here, and the Theosophical meetings were held regularly, without interruption.

Our Moscow Theosophical Society is an informal group, very loosely connected with the TS Adyar (through several of its members) and it has no officers. Everyone does the work which he likes or just visits the meetings. Our work is directed to the three objects of the Theosophical Society rather than to the study of Theosophical literature. There are two kinds of meetings. The lectures are conducted fortnightly, but they aren't Theosophical lectures in the sense of giving basics of Theosophical teachings. We listen to the guest speakers who are scientists, representatives of different religions, or just persons having their own original philosophy, and then we try to understand their ideas in the light of Theosophy. Nevertheless sometimes we give our own lectures about our understanding of Theosophy. These meetings are open for everyone and their schedule is published online.


Dutch Theosophists, on the right, visiting Russia

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