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April 2021 Guest Speaker Program

Wednesday 7th – 1:00pm 
The Dao De Jing Speaks - Guidance for Uncertain Times – Robert Hentschel
How can we best approach life in uncertain times, such as this time of COVID? Join us as we explore a number of chapters from the Chinese classic, the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching), to discover the wisdom it offers. We may also explore some chapters from the Hua Hu Ching, a lesser known set of writings by Laozi (Lao Tzu).
Robert Hentschel is a Daoist priest, and a 22nd generation disciple of the Dragon Gate sect of Complete Reality Daoism. Formerly a physicist, Robert teaches and practises Chinese energetic healing, and is the principal of the Australian Institute of Medical Qigong.

Saturday 10th – 2:00pm - Members’ Circle – All members welcome
Projection and Veiling: The Twin Powers of Maya – Dr Dara Tatray
Maya has its downsides and its upsides, some of which may surprise you. In this Members' Circle we explore the creative (and destructive) powers of Maya especially in relation to our onward journey towards the Light - as in Asato Ma Sad Gamaya: from Darkness Lead me to Light
A former President of the Australian Section and presently serving as the National Secretary, Dara Tatray joined Blavatsky Lodge in 1979 having discovered Theosophy and the Theosophical Society through a chance encounter with a pamphlet, an exposure to some of the teachings through a broadcast on Radio 2GB and soon thereafter arriving at Mecca, the Adyar Bookshop in Culwulla Chambers on Castlereagh St. One of the first presentations Dara attended at Blavatsky Lodge was a wide-ranging and very deep talk by Doris Williamson referencing H.P.B., Ramana Maharshi and J. Krishnamurti, who were soon to become her holy triumvirate, a position they maintain to this day. Dara holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science (UNSW 2006) awarded for the thesis Rebuilding the Foundations of Deep Ecology: A Nondualist Approach.

Wednesday 14th – 1:00pm
Quakers Then and Now – Rae Litting
The talk will cover the origin of Quakers, the principles that guide their daily life and their concerns about and guidelines for dealing with some aspects of the modern world, especially the destruction of the environment.
A teacher of English as a second language, Rae is what they call a Quaker by Convincement, that is not one brought up in the tradition, but having come across it at university. Then followed fifty years of attending meetings, during thirty of which she has held many positions, serving on numerous committees.

Wednesday 21st – 1:00pm
Universal Spirituality for the Coming Global Civilization - a Vision of Hope for the Future – Helen Wren and Gary Redfearn
The teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda* brought India's ancient wisdom and highest techniques of Meditation to seekers around the world. He gave the scientific means whereby any sincere person through practice can experience personal communion with God. Towards the end of the talk a short period will be spent in guided meditation.
Helen Wren and Gary Redfearn have been members of SRF* for nearly 30 years and currently serve on the Sydney Centre Co-ordination Committee with Krishna Kumar.
* Self Realization Fellowship founded by Paramahansa Yogananda 1893-1952, the father of Yoga in the west, celebrated its centennial year in 2020.

Wednesday 28th – 1:00pm
Theosophy Raw and Unfiltered: From the Vedas to the Present
Removing some of the Filters Part 3.
Video presentation by Dr. Dara Tatray, National Secretary of the Theosophical Society in Australia.

May 2021 Guest Speaker Program

Saturday 1st – Remembering Celia Novy (1925 – 2019) - Reservations essential.

Wednesday 5th – 1:00pm
Gardens. Paradise on Earth – Robijn Alexanda
Myths concerning the homes of gods or goddesses of the past often feature gardens: in Egypt a garden was home to a sycamore tree goddess; Buddha found enlightenment under a tree; Adam and Eve were in the in the garden of Eden before expulsion; and Venus is associated with stars, flowers and gardens.
In the 1970s Robijn Z Alexanda was employed to document religious restoration projects in Nepal, and this led to other projects in India and Afghanistan. Robijn studied Asian Art and Religions at the University of British Columbia in Canada and was awarded scholarships to study in India. In Australia Robijn worked at the Australian National Gallery in Canberra on several Asian Art exhibitions and has presented numerous talks. In addition, Robijn has led Art tours related to Religious Art, including Art in the Churches and A Look at Mosques, Temples and Wats.

Saturday 8th – 2:00pm - Members’ Circle – All members welcome
Wellbeing - Living Harmoniously and Giving Wholeheartedly – Gerard Brennan
This talk will examine notions of what really constitutes Wellbeing in our society today and explore finding real balance in life leading to greater fulfilment. Finding that sense of wellness within ourselves amidst the contrasts of life can be very healing, allowing us to experience deeper levels of peace. Giving this back to the world around us quite naturally is an extension of that harmony which flows from the wellspring of the One Life. There will be some discussion, readings and time for quiet reflection.

Wednesday 12th – 1:00pm
Coming to Terms with Pain and Suffering– Pamela Peterson
Why do humans experience pain and suffering? To what extent are we the perpetrators, deliberate or accidental? Why do some people seem to be affected more than others? How can we best minimise pain and suffering and lead full and productive lives?
Pamela Peterson, former secondary school teacher, chronic questioner and seeker of answers, is the secretary of the Blavatsky Lodge Executive Committee.
 
Wednesday 19th – 1:00pm
The Age of the Asteraceae - Blavatsky, Turing, the Daisy ...and Me – Keith Howes
Madame Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society, and Alan Turing, ‘Father of the Computer’, visionaries both, saw the ‘ray’ flower or star flower from the family Asteraceae and its many relatives as a source of intricate wonder: simple yet complex; a vital link in the chain of consciousness and a ‘day’s eye’ into the source of harmonic enlightenment.
Keith began studying the daisy/day’s eye family of flowering plants twenty years ago. Were Blavatsky and Turing right, and is a ‘common flower’ invaluable in our search for meaning?
Keith Howes is a writer and broadcaster. He has been a member of Blavatsky Lodge since 2003 and has presented many talks and courses, as well as leading meditation groups and forums.

Wednesday 26th – 1:00pm
Theosophy Raw and Unfiltered: From the Vedas to the Present
Removing some of the Filters Part 4.
Video presentation by Dr. Dara Tatray, National Secretary of the Theosophical Society in Australia.

APRIL - MAY 2021 -  REGULAR MEETINGS

Wednesdays:

Every Wednesday: 10:00am–11:00am – “Sharing Spiritual Awareness”-  Currently we are reading "Pilgrim and the Path" by John Algeo based on Self Culture by Dr I.K. Taimni.  A great theosophical book from two well-known and revered theosophical members.  This book has great depth and breath of spiritual knowledge.
Facilitator: Rosanna Sheridan.

Every Wednesday: 11:10am–12:10pm – “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.
Facilitator: Simon O’Rourke

Every Wednesday: 3:00pm – 3:30pm – Meditation with Lucille Crocker

Thursdays:

Third Thursdays of the Month: 6:00pm-7:30pm – An Introduction to Theosophy and Meditation
An introductory night for those people who would like to know what theosophy is all about. We will listen to and discuss the first of Pablo Sender’s video series “Foundations of Theosophy” – An Introduction to Theosophy and then enjoy a practical mediation session.
First Thursday of the Month 6:00-7.30pm - Continuing on with Pablo Sender's video series "Foundations of Theosophy" - please see website for each month's topic. 
Facilitators: Rosanna Sheridan and Lucille Crocker

2nd & 4th Thursdays of the Month: 6:00pm–7:30pm – “The Krishnamurti Experience”
Come and live a Krishnamurti teaching, experience one of his talks and explore with
Leon Horsnell the DVD viewing.
Facilitator: Leon Horsnell (member of the Krishnamurti Australia committee)

The TOS Open Circle Presents:
April 2021  - There will be no TOS presentation due to the ANZAC Day long weekend
Saturday 22 May 2021 at 2:00pm
“Everyday Ecstasy, Ordinary Bliss” - Presented by Akaliko Bhikku
Akaliko Bhikku is an Australian monk in the Theravada tradition. He encountered Buddhism as a teenager and spent over twenty years practising in different traditions.
Blissing out on meditation sounds great, but we can’t all escape our busy schedules to become hermits on a mountain top. However, when we understand what true happiness is, we can find enormous spiritual joy every single day.
All donations to RAINBODHI LGBTQIA Buddhist Community  

All events are held at Suite 8, 599 Pacific Highway, St. Leonards 2065 (entrance via Albany Street).
Enquiries: Tel 02 9267 6955, or www.australia.theoservice.org/sydney.

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