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Indo-Pacific Conference of the Theosophical Society 2019

Theme: “Let Your Light Shine”

November 9-12, 2019
Microtel Wyndham Hotel,
UP Ayala Techno Hub,
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

The next Indo-Pacific Conference of the Theosophical Society will be held in the Philippines on November 9-12, 2019. Information regarding the registration, costs, accommodation, and other matters are provided below. For other inquiries, please email us at the email address provided below.

PROGRAMME

Friday, 8th November

2.00 pm

Onwards

Arrivals – Registration desk open

For arrivals in the late evening, please go to Reception of Microtel

 
6.00pm Dinner  
Saturday, 9th November
6.00 - 6.30 am Hatha Yoga Session  
7.00 - 8.30 am Breakfast  
8.40 am Meditation  
9.00 am Official Opening of the 14th Triennial Conference of the Indo-Pacific Federation:  Invocation, Prayers of the Religions  
9.30am Welcome Remarks 

Charlton Jules Romero, President, Theosophical Society in the Philippines

  Presidential Address Gerard Brennan, President, Indo-Pacific Federation of the Theosophical Society
  Greetings from international and local groups  
10.30 am Morning Tea  
11.00 am Speech of the Guest of Honor Her Excellency, Maria Leonor Robredo, Vice President of the Philippines
12.30 pm Lunch  
2.00 pm Keynote Address: “The Strategic Direction of Theosophical Work” Tim Boyd, International  President of the Theosophical Society
3.30 pm Afternoon Tea  
4.00 pm Talk: “Luminaries of the Past” Dianne Kynaston, former President of the Theosophical Society in Australia
6.30 pm Welcome Dinner Hosted by Theosophical Society in the Philippines
  Speech Honorable Joy Belmonte, Mayor, Quezon City
  Cultural Program  
Sunday 10th November
6.00 - 6.30 am Hatha Yoga  
7.00 - 8.30 am Breakfast  
8.40 am Meditation  
9.30 am Talk: “A Lamp in a Windless Place” Linda Oliveira, President, Theosophical Society in Australia
10.30 am Morning Tea  
11.00am Talk: “The Ancient Wisdom: The Myth of the Prism, the Light Switch and Narnia’s Wardrobe.” Charlton Jules Romero, National President, Theosophical Society
12.00 pm Lunch  
1.00 pm Workshop: “Making a Real Difference” All delegates will participate in different groups
2.30pm

Short Talks:

“Learning and Unlearning – Freedom to Shine”

“Daily Life in the Light of Viveka

 

Marja Artamaa, International Secretary, Theosophical Society

Pedro Oliveira, Education Coordinator, Theosophical Society in Australia

3.30 pm Afternoon Tea  
4.00 pm Public Lecture: “The Brightening Mind” Tim Boyd, International President, Theosophical Society
6.00 pm Dinner  
7.30 pm Talk: “Be a Light to Yourself” Ven. Olande Ananda Thera, Buddhist Monk and Patron of the Theosophical Society in Sri Lanka
Monday, 11th November
6.00 - 6.30 am Hatha Yoga Session  
7.00 - 8.30 am Breakfast  
8.40 am Meditation  
9.30 am Talk: “Awakening the Heart Mind” John Vorstermans, National President, Theosophical Society in New Zealand
10.30 am Morning Tea  
11.00 am

Short Talks

“Theosophy Moving Forward: Its Vision, Mission and Goal”

“TS and TOS Service Work in Banglasdesh”

 

Ay Na Ng, President, Selangor Lodge, Theosophical Society in Malaysia

Prahlad Debnath, General Secretary – Coordination Committee, Theosophical Society in Bangladesh

12.30 pm Lunch  
2.00 pm

Talks on TOS Work: “Spreading Light in a Darkened World”

Nancy Secrest, International Secretary, Theosophical Order of Service

K. Sivaprasad, Secretary, Theosophical Order of Service in India

3.30 pm Afternoon Tea  
4.00 pm Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Indo-Pacific Federation All officers and official representatives of the Federation. Venue: Kamia Room, 2nd floor.
4.00 pm Annual General Meeting of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines Members of the Philippine Section (foreign delegates are welcome to attend and observe). Venue: Main Hall
6.00 pm Dinner  
7.30pm

Talk: “The Objects of the Theosophical Society.”

Talk: ““TS and the Mystery School Tradition: Mystical Teachings and Inner Mechanisms Designed for the Light Within to Shine”

Tang Kwok Choon, Vice President, Theosophical Society in Singapore

Rosel Doval-Santos, former National President, Theosophical Society in the Philippines

Tuesday, 12th November
6.00 - 7.30 am Breakfast  
8.00 am Depart for Golden Link College  
9.00 am Golden Link Activities and Program  
11.30 am Lunch at Golden Link College  
1.00 pm City Tour  
7.00 pm Formal Closing of the Conference  
  Closing Remarks

Tim Boyd, International President, Theosophical Society

Gerard Brennan, President, Indo-Pacific Federation of the Theosophical Society

  Dinner  
  Entertainment  
Wednesday, 13 November
6.00 - 9.00 am Breakfast  
12.00 noon Final Check-Out  

For delegates outside of the Philippines:

1. CONFERENCE FEE
The total fees for the entire conference are as follows:

– US $600 for single occupancy
– US $400 for double occupancy per person.

This covers convention fee, accommodation for 5 nights (Nov. 8-12), Breakfast (Nov. 9-13), snacks, lunch and dinner during the convention (Nov. 9-12), convention kit, city tour, visit to Golden Link College, and access to all conference activities.
For extended stay or other arrangements, please email us at ipcmanila2019@gmail.com

Registration Form
Please register by filling out the following Registration Form and sending it to email addresses mentioned below:

Click here to download Registration Form

2. AIRPORT TRANSFER

Estimated cost of transfer from airport to the hotel is US$20-25. If you need assistance, please get in touch with the organizers through the email below.

3. CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT SCHEDULE

Check in starts on November 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Check out is on November 13, 2019 at noontime

4. PAYMENT INFORMATION
Payment can be made by direct bank remittance or by PayPal. The account names are as follows:

(a) Bank Remittance

Account Name: The Theosophical Society in the Philippines
Account Number: 014-201401064-0
Address: Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metro Bank) 
Plaza Cervantes Binondo, Metro Manila, Philippines
Swift-Code: MBTC-PHMM
 

(b) PayPal payment option:
You need to have a Paypal account to use this option. Make payment to:

Account: philtheos1@gmail.com
Account name: Philippine Theosophical Foundation, Inc.

  • Please note that the payment is in US Dollars only
  • All applicable charges from the sender’s bank must be prepaid by the remitter.
  • Early registration would be appreciated as the venue has limited capacity. Registration will be on a first come first serve basis.

For payment made by wire transfer, kindly send a soft copy of the deposit slip / wire transfer to:
     ipcmanila2019@gmail.com
This is for easy monitoring of payments.

5. CONTACT INFORMATION
Email: ipcmanila2019@gmail.com

Name: Dr. Roselmo Z. Doval Santos
Trustee and Immediate Past President of the TS in the Philippines
Mobile/Viber: +63(917)5362690

Name: Rekha Nahar
Corporate Secretary
Mobile: +63(918)9146901

Landline: +632-7415740 or +632-4009547
Webpage: http://theosophy.ph/TSPWP/ipcmanila2019/

 

Indo-Pacific Federation Conference 2016 - Videos from Sessions

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 - Statement by IPF President

IOG 2016 group phot

13th Triennial Conference of the Indo- Pacific Federation

Auckland, New Zealand October 2016

A Report

      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.  

Kind regards,

Gerard Brennan

President, IPF.

Message from incoming IPF President

Gerard BrennanDear Members,

                            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,

Gerard Brennan

President

Indo-Pacific Federation
of The Theosophical Society

The 12th Triennial Indo-Pacific Conference, 1-6 Nov 2013 from Dr Olga Gostin Adelaide

Bali TempleIn presenting a brief summary of this engaging and profoundly moving conference, I have chosen to focus on those aspects that seem to me most relevant to our commitment as TOS members. Indeed, the conference had "Practising Theosophy" as its overarching theme, a delightfully ambiguous title that invited either an exploration of the tenets of theosophy, or the exploration of theosophy 'in action'. Not surprisingly, most talks straddled both nuances.

In his opening address entitled 'Actorless Action' Ravi Ravindra reminded us that humans are essentially social beings and that our task is to engage in conscious, mindful action and interaction with others. Paradoxically, however, he pointed out that since we cannot foretell the outcome of action, we should not expect or demand 'right' action from others. Instead, we should act with focused awareness, remaining free from attachment to the fruits of our actions, or indeed from expecting any outcome at all. In a final salvo Ravi Ravindra warned us against delaying action while seeking perfect motivation. The important thing is to start action from where we currently are.

Dr. Wu Ting Fang and A History of The Theosophical Society in China

Not much information is found in the annals of The Theosophical Society regarding Theosophy in China, save a brief statement in A Short History of The Theosophical Society by Mrs. Josephine Ransom in the Year 1922.

“The first Chinese Lodge had been formed, with the great Chinese statesman and ambassador, Dr. Wu Ting‐Fang, as President, but who passed away in June. He was intensely anxious that Theosophy should take root in his own land, for he wished the new China to be built up on the basis of brotherhood.”

Presidential Representative for East and South East Asia

Chong Sanne

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.

Chinese Theosophical Website

Theosophy in ChineseDear friends,

 A brief history of Theosophy in China is published in our July 2012 newsletter and in our website at http://singaporelodge.org. The theosophical movement was started in China in the early twenties of the last century, by no less a dignitary than Dr. Wu Ting-Fang. Dr. Wu served briefly in 1917 as Acting President of the Republic of China when Dr. Sun Yat-sen was absent. Earlier, he served as Minister of Justice for the Nanjing Provisional Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of China. Unfortunately, he passed away on 23 June 1922, the same year he formed the first Chinese Lodge of The Theosophical Society. Despite such illustrious leadership the Theosophical Society in China never took off in a big way. Evidently there were some early translations of theosophical literature. Unfortunately, through the dormant years and the cultural revolution, none of the translations is extant to our knowledge. We did however uncover a particular translation by Dr. Wu himself through untraditional sources.

Indeed, there is a dearth of theosophical materials in the Chinese language. Considering that there are 1.34 billion Chinese in PRC, 23 million in Taiwan, 7 million in Hong Kong and an estimated 50 million ethnic Chinese outside of these countries, theosophy has not reached out to one-fifth of humanity. Bro. Vicente Hao Chin of the Philippines initiated translations of theosophical literature into simplified Chinese and made them available on the internet through the website of the Indo-Pacific Federation of the TS.

Tenth World Congress of the Theosophical Society

Introduction

The tenth World Congress of the Theosophical Society will take place in Rome, Italy, from 10th to 15th July 2010, focusing on the following subject: “Universal Brotherhood without any distinctions: a path towards awareness”.
The subject is closely related to the history and activity of the Theosophical Society and to its previous nine World Congresses which have always offered great opportunities to scholars from all over the world to meet, to study, to share ideas and points of view.

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