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The School of the Wisdom November 2009 – February 2010

The Purpose of the School of the Wisdom

The aim of the School of the Wisdom is to enable the individual to cease from being one who gives intellectual adherence to a particular school of philosophy, and become one who learns to survey the problem of life directly by himself or herself. The essential search is to discover life as it is, life being inseparable from consciousness.

The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey things “from the centre” which is intuitive awareness. An intense sense of Life must always accompany every true student. There can be no Wisdom without an ever-increasing sense of Wonder.

The aim of all studies in the School of the Wisdom is not the perfection of the individual but to enable the individual to use every faculty of his or her being for “lifting a little of the heavy Karma of the world”.

Essential in the progress towards Wisdom is a growing intimacy with all aspects of Nature. The message which each tree, flower, animal, meadow, sea, sky and cloud has, must be listened to and understood.

(From the Inaugural Address of the School of the Wisdom
by C. Jinarājadāsa, 17 November 1949)

9 to 15 November 2009

Intuitive Awareness: a Silent Retreat
Director: Venerable Ajahn Sumedho Bhikkhu

Being present here and now with total attention and awareness is the way to liberation from ignorance and suffering. The Buddha proclaimed this truth 2552 years ago and the importance and the reality of this teaching is being increasingly recognized. During these classes we will explore the relevance of such teaching for our lives.

Venerable Ajahn Sumedho Bhikkhu was born in the United States. He went to Thailand in 1966 and became a disciple of Venerable Ajahn Chah (Pbra Bodhinyana Thera) in the forest monastery of Wat Nong Pah Pong, Ubon Province. He is the head of the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in West Sussex, England. He is also a former President of the Buddhist Society in London. He is the author of The Teachings from the Silent Mind; Mindfulness, Path to the Deathless; The Four Noble Truths and The Way It Is.

Students will be encouraged to take the Eight Buddhist Precepts for the duration of the retreat. Participants are also advised to observe silence during the time of the retreat. Traditional Pali chants, containing the teachings of the Buddha, will be sung at the beginning and ending of each session.

16 to 27 November 2009

Brain, Consciousness and Transformation
Director: Dr Satish Inamdar

This session will explore four subjects: intelligence (sense of survival, significance of life, fear, desire and reasoning); evolution (animal brain, human brain, brain-mind, consciousness); structure and function of human brain and function and behaviour (average behaviour, perversions, creativity, thought, knowledge, superstition, religious life, transformation and mutation of brain cells).

Dr Satish Inamdar worked professionally as a Cancer Surgeon and is interested in enquiring about life. He has been associated with the Krishnamurti Foundation India since July 1988 and is presently the Director of the Foundation’s Bangalore Education Centre. He has also been Director of the School of the Wisdom at Adyar for several sessions in the past.

30 November to 11 December 2009

Human Evolution and Spirituality
Director: Prof. C. A. Shinde

Theosophical teachings suggest that there are three schemes of evolution: physical, intellectual and spiritual. Consciousness and matter affect each other because they are two constituents of one whole. Spirit and matter, life and form are ever inseparable. This session will explore of the evolution of form and the unfoldment of consciousness in the light of Theosophy.

Recommended reading:

Ancient Wisdom by Annie Besant
A Study in Consciousness by Annie Besant

Prof. C. A. Shinde is the Director of the Adyar Library and Research Centre and a National Lecturer for the Indian Section of the TS.

5 January to 4 February 2010

Theosophy and its Practical Implications
Director: Mr Colin Price

There are aspects of Theosophical doctrine which are highly technical and only of interest to the serious student of philosophy and metaphysics. However a major portion of the teachings have direct relevance to human life in the twenty-first century. Their deeper meaning only becomes evident to the student after many steps have been taken into the hall of learning. This session will seek to explore the vastness of Theosophy and its great significance for understanding the meaning of life and the mystery of human consciousness.

Recommended reading:

The Mahatma Letters
The Key to Theosophy
H. P. Blavatsky Collected Writings (Vol. XII)
Fundamentals of Esoteric Philosophy by G. De Purucker
Deity, Cosmos & Man by G. A. Farthing

Mr Colin Price is a former General Secretary of the English Section of the TS, a featured speaker at the European School of Theosophy and a member of the Blavatsky Trust in England.

Classes and Session Times

Monday to Friday
Meditation: 8 to 8.30 a.m.
Classes: 8.30 to 11 a.m. and 3.30 to 5 p.m.

Some afternoons will be reserved for presentations by the students, who may spend other afternoons doing individual research on their own or at the Library. Applications for Library reading/ borrowing cards are available.

Additional Information:

All sessions are held in Blavatsky Bungalow.
Applications, providing membership details and a recommendation from the Section/Federation Secretary, to be sent to:

The International Secretary, The Theosophical Society
Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India
Tel: ( +91 44 ) 2491 2474 and 2491 7198

The Application Form may be downloaded in Word or PDF format.

Students may register for all or some of the sessions and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen.
Scholarships, full or partial, may be provided for some deserving TS workers. Applications should be made well in advance, providing full details and suitable recommendation.

Attendance at the School of the Wisdom does not confer the right of residence at the Theosophical Society, Adyar. For accommodation in the Society’s premises, please apply to the Accommodation Officer, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India.

Those members who wish to stay for the International Convention (26-31 December) are requested to register separately at the Convention Office and book accommodation.