Indo-Pacific Federation Conference 2016
The conference was hosted by the New Zealand Section from 14 to 19 October 2016 at the Rose Park Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. We had over 100 register for the conference from many of the Indo-Pacific region countries and beyond. It was a privilege to welcome members from Australia, Singapore, India, The Philipines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, USA, France and of course New Zealand.
The theme of the conference was 'The Why of the Theosophical Society.'
Below are videos of some of the presentations during the conference.
The Critical Change with International President Tim Boyd
13th Triennial Conference of the Indo- Pacific Federation
Auckland, New Zealand October 2016
A few months ago members of the Theosophical Society from around the Indo-Pacific region gathered together to consider some issues that linked to the theme of the conference, 'The Why of the Theosophical Society'. The conference opened with the Prayers of the Religions which established a spiritual tone for the event and was followed by the welcoming of members, various introductions, greetings and announcements. It was a most stimulating and thoughtful gathering held at the Rose Park Hotel in Parnell, that was suitably situated next to a lovely rose garden which was perfect for some quiet reflection. The TS team from New Zealand did a wonderful job in organizing this event where members from the across the Asia-Pacific area and beyond assembled to consider some important questions relating to the Theosophical work.
We were fortunate to have our International President Tim Boyd with us who presented an engaging talk entitled 'The Critical Change'. Tim later spoke on 'The Importance of the Centre'. He was accompanied by his lovely wife Lily. John Vorstermans the immediate past President of the Indo-Pacific Federation gave the inaugural talk on 'The Why of the Theosophical Society'. This talk was the first of many that encouraged us to consider questions related to the purpose of the TS and how we might go about furthering the work in our part of the world. There were also other articulate speakers from different parts of the TS world including New Zealand, Australia, France, Indonesia, Brazil, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and India, making it a truly international gathering characterized by a real fraternal spirit.
During the conference a workshop was conducted on 'The Work of the Indo-Pacific Federation', where delegates discussed a variety of topics pertinent to further developing the TS work in our region. The matters arising out of this workshop could provide a basis for the renewed spread of Theosophy in our respective lodges, sections and regions. In addition an informative TOS discussion panel was convened to discuss the valuable work of the Theosophical Order of Service and the many ways it applies Theosophy practically in the area of social service. There was some light entertainment on the final evening of the conference and this further consolidated the tangible feelings of brotherhood that had permeated the event.
It was agreed that we would have the next Indo-Pacific Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2019. The dates will be announced in due course. It would be very nice if TS members from across the IPF could join us for our next conference in three years time and they are certainly warmly invited to this event. So let us take those bonds of brotherhood that were reinforced at the 13th Triennial Conference of the Indo-Pacific Federation and work to further spread the Light of Theosophy in an increasingly materialistic world. I look forward to meeting many TS members as I visit some of the lodges across our region and hope to renew old friendships along the way.
We have recently had a wonderful gathering in Auckland, New Zealand where theosophists from around the Asia Pacific region came together to participate in the 13th Triennial Conference of the Indo-Pacific Federation. There were some interesting talks followed by stimulating discussions, where we considered ways that Theosophy could be further promoted in our lodges and various sections. We came away inspired by this conference with a renewed sense of why the Theosophical Society exists and how we might further promote the dissemination of Theosophy across the Indo-Pacific area.
As the conference went on I began to have a greater sense of what it means to be a Theosophist and how we might move towards strengthening the work of the Theosophical Society, especially in our part of the world. During the conference I was elected President of the Indo-Pacific Federation and was humbled by my election to that office. Mindful of the good work done by the immediate past President of the IPF John Vorstermans, it is my intention to work sincerely to enhance the work of the TS around our federation. Part of my focus will be to try and build up the theosophical work in areas where it is less developed. Together we can all play our part to ensure that the wider world knows that such a thing as Theosophy exists. I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and aspire to make a valuable contribution to the work.
Best wishes and kind regards,
of The Theosophical Society
The Indo-Pacific Federation Conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 14 to 19 October 2016, starting with arrivals on Friday 14 October and 6:00pm dinner, and finishing with breakfast and departures on Wednesday morning 19 October. We are fortunate to have confirmed Tim and Lily Boyd as guests for this conference.
We welcome members from throughout the Indo-Pacific region to explore and share the ageless wisdom in fellowship, meet old friends and make new ones. These conferences are full of learning and inspiration.
The Indo-Pacific Conference is a special event held every few years with people coming from many countries in the Asia Pacific region. New Zealand is the host Section for this conference and we look forward to welcoming you here.
Theme: The Why of the Theosophical Society
Exploring the purpose of the Society, the reason for its existence in today's world.
Venue: Rose Park Hotel (Visit the website to have a closer look).
Located in Parnell, Auckland overlooking Sir Dove Myer Robinson Park, which incorporates the stunning Parnell Rose Gardens with attractive views over the Auckland Harbour. The location is close to central Auckland CBD with easy access to walks and harbour cruises.
Accommodation: Rose Park Hotel
Single or twin share rooms available with wifi access, restaurant and swimming pool.
Twin share room on the left and view from the restaurant to the rose garden across the road.
Registration: PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. The conference has proved very popular and the conference facility is now booked out.
Speakers & Presentations:
Tim Boyd is the International President of the Theosophical Society and the International Theosophical Order of Service. Born in New York City, he studied at Brown University and later at the University of Chicago. In Chicago Tim joined the TSA in 1974 and co-founded a Theosophical spiritual community in Chicago’s inner city. The group held classes on the Ageless Wisdom, meditation and healing. They formed a business which helped stabilise neighbourhoods through the training and employment of local youth and the creation of affordable homes for area residents.
Tim has been involved in Theosophical work at many levels: from lodge member, to TSA president and president of the Theosophical Order of Service USA. Tim has spoken across the USA and every continent except Africa. His articles have appeared in journals around the world.
The Critical Change - Tim Boyd
Everyone is aware that change is constant, but making personal change can be difficult. The inner qualities most required – clarity, peacefulness, and wisdom – seem to be in opposition to the world around us. The profound change described as transformation, or regeneration has been the Theosophical Society's focus since its inception.
The Importance of the Centre - Tim Boyd
In geometric figures, gravitational patterns, conscious life forms, and human social and political structures the center and centering are of vital importance. Unfoldment of deeper potentials of consciousness depend on our ability to be aware of, then function through progressively more refined "centers" within us. The Ageless Wisdom tradition gives guidance in this process.
Speaker: Dorothy Bell
Dorothy Bell BA, MEd. Fulbright scholar in education; is trained in curriculum design, corporate governance, strategic management and counselling. Joining the Theosophical Society in 1999, she served on the Australian TS national executive committee and education unit, and has presented theosophical programmes and published articles internationally. Her special interest is transformation of consciousness; becoming who we already are and growing Theosophy as a living power in our lives.
Getting to the Heart of the Matter – Dorothy Bell
In the context of the theme of the Conference, it is timely to review the ‘teaching of the teachings’, the instructional methods of the late 19th century that the Society adopted in its beginnings – which were of its time and represent one model of schooling. Since that time, new ways of teaching have been developed that reflect new models of education. These centre on learning and self-empowerment more than on teaching a subject. The question arises, “Does ‘a new continent of thought’ demand a new mode of teaching?” This will be explored.
Speaker: Linda Oliveira
Linda Oliveira joined the Theosophical Society in 1971 in Canberra, Australia. Her Arts degree is from the Australian National University. Linda spent a year in the American Section mainly as a student at the Krotona School of Theosophy, California, and working at the National Headquarters of the American Section. She is a former International Vice-President and is a member of the General Council. Linda is the National President of the Australian Section and edits Theosophy in Australia magazine. She holds a conviction that genuine reflection upon the Wisdom teachings provides an opportunity for human spiritual transformation, when they are deeply assimilated and practised.
The Dharma of the Theosophical Society – Linda Oliveira
The word ‘dharma’ is rich and profound suggesting, among other things, an ideal state which contains within it the inherent potential for growth and evolution. We will consider the applicability of this term to the Theosophical Society when it was formed, whether the dharma of the Society may have changed since 1875, and whether it even requires a change in emphasis at this time.
Speaker: Pedro Oliveira
Pedro Oliveira joined the TS in Brazil in 1978 and worked in several capacities. He served as International Secretary at Adyar between 1992 and 1996. In 2001 he was elected President of the Indo-Pacific Federation of the TS, and re-elected in 2004. He works as Education Coordinator of the TS in Australia and has lectured extensively, in Australia, the Indo-Pacific Region and other countries.
The Theosophical Society: Body, Soul and Spirit – Pedro Oliveira
For many years and in different continents I have heard the criticism that the TS is now ‘old hat’, and that more successful spiritual groups have superseded it. However, the TS, for the past 140 years, has been reinventing itself to adapt to a fast changing world. Remarkably, the early inspiration that spurred the beginnings of the fledgling Society is still here through the lives of members who are learning not to live for themselves alone.
Speaker: Vic Hao Chin Jr.
Vicente (Vic) Hao Chin Jr is an acclaimed international theosophical leader, speaker, educationalist and writer. He is the past President of both the Theosophical Society in the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific Federation. Vic is Editor-in-Chief of the Theosophical Digest and Associate Editor of the Theosophical Encyclopedia. He is President of Golden Link College, a theosophical school in the Philippines, which he established in 2002.
Applied Theosophy – The Pivotal Factor for the 21st Century – Vic Hao Chin Jr.
The aim of the Theosophical Society is to help bring about individual and social transformation. Such a transformation cannot be achieved by providing ideas alone. Applications of such ideas much first be demonstrated to be practicable. In the past 140 years, the Theosophical Society has developed a powerful body of ideas. Now, we must seek to strengthen the domain of practice based on these ideas.
Speaker: Mahendra P. Singhal
Mahendra P. Singhal is former international Vice-President of the Theosophical Society, Adyar. He is a Life Member of the Theosophical Society and an international speaker.
TS: Purpose, Role and Relevance – Mahendra P. Singhal
The purpose of the TS is Holistic Human Transformation by harmonising the psychic and spiritual through Study, Meditation and Service. TS is a body of students who study and communicate theosophical doctrines to others, especially the young. TS members popularise theosophical literature, reflecting theosophical values of Unity and Universality in their lives. TS means unity, peace, harmony – relevant in the Modern World.
Speaker: Chong Sanne
Chong Sanne is President of the Singapore Lodge Theosophical Society and Presidential Representative for Asia, East & South East. He is a long-time student of theosophy.
An Overview of the Mahatma Letters – Chong Sanne
More than 300 letters from seven Mahatmas were received privately by early members of the TS. It is not just the phenomenal ways in which the letters arrived but the omniscience and encyclopedic knowledge of the Mahatmas that are remarkable. Profound teachings in these letters are intriguing and their gems of Wisdom are a source of inspiration.
Speaker: John Vorstermans
John Vorstermans is the National President of the Theosophical Society in New Zealand and President of the Indo-Pacific Federation. John has spent many years studying and endeavouring to practise teachings from the Wisdom Tradition, to experience their real wonder and gain knowledge that study alone cannot bring.
John has also focused on transformative processes that help people to understand themselves and create change in their lives.
The Why of the Theosophical Society – John Vorstermans
The ‘why’ or purpose of the Theosophical Society is important to understand clearly if we, as an organisation are going to communicate with a consistent message. If we know our ‘why’ then we can more easily define how we fulfil our purpose and what we do to make this happen. The Theosophical Society was unique when it was founded 140 years years ago but today we may be seen as lost in a world of many apparently similar organisations.
Theosophical Order of Service
With Renee Sell, National Coordinator TOS New Zealand
Post Conference Outing. See further down page.
Post Conference Theosophy and Science Seminar.
Following the Indo-Pacific Conference, there will be a Science and Theosophy Seminar held at the Auckland Theosophical Centres. For more information on this please visit the Theosophy New Zealand website.
Post Conference Outing.
Below are some options for tours in New Zealand following the conference.
- Scenic Pacific http://www.scenicpacific.co.nz/auckland-2-3-day-tours.htm
- Great Sights http://www.greatsights.co.nz/find-a-new-zealand-tour/north-island-tours/
Congratulations go to Chong Sanne, the president of Singapore Lodge who has been appointed by Adyar as the Presidential Representative for South East Asia which was left vacant since the passing of Dr. C. V. Agarwal.
There have been changes in the territorial assignments. For South Asia, we now have separate Presidential Representatives for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. For South East Asia, we have decided to include Greater China including Hong Kong and Taiwan. We have renamed the territory more appropriately as “East and South East Asia”. Chong Sanne has been asked to keep a watch on Myanmar, Thailand and Indo-China.
Of course, the Presidential Representative for East and South East Asia falls within the ambit of the Indo-Pacific Federation of the TS.
News and events from many of the Section around the Indo-Pacific region.
The triennial Indo-Pacific Federation Conference is due to take place 1 - 5 November 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. We are still in the process of making arrangements and will let everyone know as soon as we have some solid plans in place.