2017 May Programme

6 May 2017 5 p.m.

Talk on Suicide

Chong Sanne talks about the tragedy of suicide. Suicides, who sadly and mistakenly try to escape their suffering, only find themselves still alive and conscious without a physical body, regretting their actions, and thus suffer with intensity. The grave consequences of suicide will be discussed with references to statements made by those who know. Non-members are welcome.



10 May 2017

10 a.m.*

The Wesak Festival

This is an annual talk on esoteric Buddhism and the Great Wesak Blessing, including a video of ordinary pilgrims at the Wesak Valley. Members who have attended this talk previously may be interested to know that we will be showing slides indicating the possible location of the Wesak Valley. Read about the Great Wesak Blessing and the Wesak Festival in the May 2017 Newsletter.


This programme is for members only.


13 May 2017 5 p.m.

John Cianciosi: Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond

 A Video Programme


Ajahn Brahm is a living Buddhist master who has inspired a large and fast-growing international following with his clear and profound teachings on the experience of deep meditation and the insights that lead to enlightenment. In his book, Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, he presents the ancient Buddhist teachings in a bold and powerful way as only one who has walked the path can do. John Cianciosi will explore these teachings to find inspiration for our own Spiritual Quest.


John Cianciosi, was a Buddhist monk for 23 years and a student of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah. He served as Abbot and spiritual director of monasteries in Thailand and Australia. He is author of The Meditative Path (Quest Books, 2001) and is currently the director of Public Programs at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton.


20 May 2017

5 p.m.

Public Invitational Programme
Theosophy for Everyone

The science of life and the philosophy of living—a 52 min. video made by The Blavatsky Trust specifically to explain what Theosophy is—and isn’t—its origins in the ageless wisdoms, and how it survived suppression and distortion to blossom anew as modern Theosophy. Open to non-members.



22 May 2017 

7 p.m.

Commencement of the 43rd A Course in Theosophy

Lecture 1: The Different Planes of Nature


Knowing the different planes of nature; the different bodies of man and the different vehicles of consciousness.



25 May 2017 

7 p.m.

43rd A Course in Theosophy

Lecture 2: Man’s Evolution


A discourse on evolution; where we come from and where we are going to; the Law of Karma; Reincarnation as a process of evolution.



27 May 2017 

3 p.m.

43rd A Course in Theosophy

Lecture 3: Death & After


Putting death in its rightful place as a function of evolution. A discourse on the life after death and the harm of mourning for the dead.



29 May 2017 

7 p.m.

43rd A Course in Theosophy

Lecture 4: The Astral Plane


This is a continuation of the lecture on death and after. A general description of the Astral Plane and its inhabitants will be covered. We shall also discuss man’s activities when the physical body is asleep and when he sheds his physical body at death. We will also talk about ghosts and other phenomena.



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