Reminder – No TS-MD Program Sunday, May 29th; Open Discussion on June 5th

tslogo-TS-MD usesWe will have no program on May 29th because of the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. We resume Sunday programs next week, 2-4 pm, with our usual first Sunday of the month format – Open Discussion. We invite everyone in turn to talk briefly about a book, article, movie, etc. that caught their interest, and relates in a way to theosophy – the oneness of all life, the universal brotherhood of humanity, what it is to be human, spiritual evolution, religion, philosophy, myths, science, the unexplained laws of nature, etc. Then we open up the discussion and everyone who wants to, can respectfully ask questions and share their experiences and knowledge on the topic.

Our Library Night is on Wednesdays, 6-8 pm. The Sunday and Wednesday programs are always free and open to the public. People new to our lodge are always welcome!

 

Library Night Resumes Wednesday, May 25th, 6-8 pm – new books arrived

Conversation in TS-MD library

Conversation in TS-MD library

All are welcome to our library, Wednesday evenings, for browsing our collection of esoteric books, and for friendly wide-ranging conversation in a comfortable atmosphere. Recent additions to the library – books on Eygpt, the Pyramids and by the author Zecharia Sitchin. TS members can borrow books and DVDs to take home. Non-members can read books at the lodge.

Library Nights are free and open to the public. New guests always welcome! Our address is 523 N Charles St, 2nd floor, above the Grimaldi Gallery, in Mt Vernon, half a block from the Walters Art Gallery and a block from the Washington Monument. Street parking is free after 6 pm. Non-political, non-sectarian, non-dogmatic, the Theosophical Society is committed to the universal brotherhood of humanity; the study of religion, philosophy and science; and examining the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity. Please email if you have any questions.

The Jungle Book (1942) on Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2-4 pm

film poster, from Wikipedia

film poster, from Wikipedia

Watch this classic movie version of Rudyard Kipling’s fables of a boy raised in an Indian jungle by animals, and then adopted by a human family. Discussion follows. The latest in our series, “Theosophy at the Movies”. What theosophical values and concepts will you see in this movie? How much of Kipling’s original ideas did Disney ignore? As always, this program is free and open to the public. Newcomers welcome.

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2-4 pm: White Lotus Day and HPB

White Lotus from Theosophy Wiki

White Lotus from Theosophy Wiki

Join the Theosophical Society worldwide in commemorating Helena P. Blavatsky’s life! May 8th is the anniversary of her death in 1891, and it is celebrated with white flowers and a short ceremony of readings. We will add a short recap of HPB’s life, then show a DVD, a White Lotus Day Talk, “Knowledge and Wisdom” by David Bruce. David ties together ideas from Seneca to T.S. Eliot. Discussion follows.

May-June 2016 Program Schedule now available!

Small TS Cent Logo 3x3View, print or download our listing of Sunday afternoon programs and Wednesday Library Nights. This listing includes a Centennial Sunday on June 12th – “Two Views of Adyar: 1938 and 2015”, comparing the experiences of two TS members 77 years apart, when they volunteered to live and work for a time at the large compound, headquarters of the International Theosophical Society, near Chennai (Madras), India. The schedule also includes a “Theosophy at the Movies” program, and two Sundays exploring Hinduism in different ways.
Our activities are free and open to the public. All welcome!

 

 

Centennial Celebration – Sunday, May 1, 2016, 1-4 pm: Guest Speakers from National TSA

Centennial Flyer test Join us as we celebrate 100 years since we were charted as a lodge in the Theosophical Society in America (TSA)! Free and open to the public, this special event will feature a talk about the evolution of human consciousness- how the Ancient Wisdom describes its unfoldment in this time of change. Tim Boyd, President of the International Theosophical Society and of the TSA, will give the talk.

The TSA Archivist, Janet Kerschner, is also coming with a PowerPoint presentation, tracking the history of our lodge in Baltimore, using old photographs and documents. There will be time for conversation and browsing at the end of the program. All welcome!

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 2-4 pm: Light on the Path, Part 3 ……. Pablo Sender, DVD and Discussion

PabloSender Join us for more insight into the “rules” of this theosophical classic for those seeking enlightenment, walking the way of the disciple. It is said that Mabel Collins wrote in this book what she remembered from an out-of-body experience. She was taken to a hall where the wall was covered in jewels, and those jewels were the words that she remembered and wrote down in Light on the Path.

Pablo Sender is a gifted teacher, who explains the rules in a way that is easy to understand. (Following them is a different story!) It is not necessary to have attended the earlier lectures on Parts 1 and 2.

The text of Light on the Path is available online for free, thanks to the Theosophical Society lodge in Pasadena, CA.

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 2-4 pm: Brushes of Fury …….Kimberly Sheridan

Kimberly and her work, from Balt. City Paper

Kimberly and her work, from Baltimore City Paper (2015)

Kimberly describes her program: “In this discussion the artist will talk about whether her work can bridge the gap between physical and spiritual realms when it comes to relieving suffering. Is it possible for any act of selfless compassion to heal not just the grief of the living, but change the fate of those who died violently as well?”

Kimberly Sheridan is the lead artist of the Million Gun Victims March (MGVM). You can learn more about MGVM and view her work online.

 

Next Centennial Program! The Rose Project this Sunday, 4/10/2016, 2-5:30 pm (special times)

blue-rose_110658780 Explore the metaphysical meanings of the rose and what “Living the Rose” can mean for you, with the founder of the Rose Project, Dr. Frankie Hutton. The rose is an important symbol that has had a presence in major religions and cultures globally (including Turkey, China, Vietnam and India) for thousands of years. The program will begin with poetry readings, and end with time for questions and socializing.

Welcome! to our Open Discussion, Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2-4 pm

Library-2016 March from Aj

Join with members and non-members alike, in sharing an interesting book, article or movie that you found thought-provoking, and aligned with any of the three objects of the Theosophical Society (forming a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity; encouraging the study of religion, philosophy and science; investigating the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity).

This is a regular program on the first Sunday of each month. It is free and open to the public. The esoteric library is also opened for browsing and on-site reading.

 

Library Night at TS-MD – Wed, March 2, 2016, 6-8 pm: Open for conversation, browsing

TS Society Library

TS-MD Library

The Theosophical Society (TS) in Maryland holds our weekly Library Night, this Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at our Baltimore lodge, located at 523 N Charles Street, 2nd floor,  in historic Mount Vernon. Free and open to the public. New guests welcome. Join in friendly, wide-ranging conversation around the table in our front room. Or  browse our esoteric book collection, select a book and take it to a comfortable chair in our middle room to read. TS members can check books out. Non-political, non-sectarian, non-dogmatic, TS is committed to the universal brotherhood of humanity; the study of religion, philosophy and science; and examining the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.

The Heart of the Qur’an – at TS-MD, Sunday, Feb 28, 2016, 2-4 pm

Heart of the Qur'an CoverWe will base this program for the last Sunday of February, on the book of the same name (subtitle: “An Introduction to Islamic Spirituality”) by Lex Hixon, to learn more about Islam, especially the mystic Sufi tradition. “Hixon takes the view, shared by many Sufis, that a primary emphasis on love, justice, and the inner life, which has been labeled “Sufism” expresses, in fact, the original Islam” (page xxiii). We will view a short video by Hixon, then discuss key passages from the book.

The program, like all TS-MD Sunday programs, is free and open to the public. We welcome those who are searching, and respect all individuals’ life experiences.

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016, 2-4 pm: The Spiritual and Occult in Shakespeare…….. Ann Ford

Shakespeare-First Folio

Shakespeare-First Folio

Join us in examining how Shakespeare truly portrayed in his plays the higher spiritual planes. “Shakespeare’s knowledge of the super-physical is no less complete and comprehensive
than his knowledge of human nature which is the wonder of the modern
world.” [L.W.Rogers] We will discuss ghosts, prophesies and omens in Macbeth and Hamlet. Please bring your favorite examples from his other plays. This program, as are all TS-MD Sunday programs, is free and open to the public, but this is a special Sunday program for two reasons – first of our “Centennial Sundays” and third in our series “Theosophy in Literature and the Visual Arts”.

2016 is the 100th anniversary of Annie Besant signing our charter as a lodge in the worldwide Theosophical Society. Each month through December we will designate a Sunday to commemorate our Centennial by inviting a special new speaker, or by re-creating a program from our long history. This Sunday’s talk is based on one given in Baltimore on February 14, 1937, “The Occultism in Shakespeare” by Dr H. Douglas Wild.

Library Night and “Light on the Path, Part 2” – Wed 2/10 and Sun 2/14, 2016

Join us Wednesday, 2/10 from 6-8 pm at Library Night for informal conversation and for browsing TS’s esoteric library. Free and open to the public. Visitors stop by, bringing a wide variety of interests and knowledge about the spiritual, the scientific, the unknown and the unexplained. On Sunday, 2/14 from 2-4 pm, we will view a DVD by Pablo Sender on Light on the Path, Part 2, followed by discussion. Also free and open to the public, rescheduled from Jan 24th because of the blizzard. It is not necessary to have seen Part 1. Pablo explains the “rules” in this classic book on attaining enlightenment. Refreshments served.

Sunday, Feb 7, 2016, 2-4 pm: Open Discussion …. All Welcome!

All Sunday programs are free and open to the public. This Sunday is an opportunity to share a book, article or movie you have enjoyed –  on any topic that touches on the Theosophical Society’s Three Objects (see our website).  After you talk a little about your selection, the floor is open to discussion. There is usually a wide range of topics covered, from religion to science to the spiritual, from biographies to science fiction. Every Open Discussion afternoon is unique because it depends on who comes, and the knowledge and experience each person is willing to contribute to the discussions. The library at the Lodge is also open for browsing. Refreshments served.

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016, 6-8 pm: Library Night at TS – Discuss, Browse, Read

TS Society Library

TS Society Library

The Theosophical Society (TS) in Maryland resumes our weekly Library Night, this Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at our Baltimore lodge, located at 523 N Charles Street, 2nd floor,  in historic Mount Vernon. Free and open to the public. New guests welcome. Join in friendly, wide-ranging conversation around the table in our front room. Or  browse our esoteric book collection, select a book and take it to a comfortable chair in our middle room to read. TS members can check books out. Non-political, non-sectarian, non-dogmatic, TS is committed to the universal brotherhood of humanity; the study of religion, philosophy and science; and examining the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.

 

 

 

 

TS -Upcoming Wednesday and Sunday activities cancelled – poor street, parking conditions

City cars buried in snow (from Wikimedia)

City cars buried in snow (from Wikimedia)

The recent blizzard left mounds of snow and ice on the streets and parking areas around the lodge and throughout the metropolitan area. As clean up efforts continue, we are mindful of the safety and convenience of our members and guests. The regular Wednesday evening Library Night for Jan. 27th, is cancelled but will resume next week, Feb. 3rd. The Jan. 31st Sunday afternoon program, Fun with Chinese Calligraphy, will be rescheduled (date to be announced later).

 

Sunday, January 24, 2016 – Rescheduling Program and Centennial Committee meeting

TS Emblem from Adyar website w wordsBecause of the snow storm that hit the Baltimore area this weekend, the lodge will be closed this Sunday and events rescheduled: Light on the Path Part 2 (DVD by Pablo Sender and discussion after) will be held on Sunday, Feb. 14th and the Centennial Committee Meeting will now be from 12:30-2 pm on Sunday, Feb. 7th before the Open Discussion.  Fun with Chinese Calligraphy is still scheduled for Sunday, January 31st, weather-permitting.

We hope all our members and friends stay safe this weekend.

“Fun with Chinese Calligraphy” – Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, 2-4 pm … Carole Pressnall, M.F.A.

Chinese-"Eternity"

Chinese-“Eternity”

The classic ink stone and bamboo brush evolved through eons of time, forever affecting the look and style of all present day Calligraphy characters. By using these two timeless tools and the ageless stroke order for all calligraphy characters, we can paint beautiful – as well as correct characters.

“ETERNITY”A UNIVERSAL CHARACTER
All Chinese characters are drawn with a modest palette of 8 basic strokes. The character – “eternity” is a classical example where all of the 8 basic types of strokes can be found. The numbers and arrows on the character above indicate in which order and directions the strokes are written. If you practice this character, then you should be able to write all other characters. Using India ink, a glass inkstone, and bamboo brushes, we will focus on practicing the words: China & America. A brief historical account of the evolution of Chinese characters will be given in a handout. All supplies and tools will be provided. Not only will you be able to understand how the words/characters are written, but you will also appreciate the Zen of the art form itself. You may take home the Chinese characters that you have mastered.

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 2-4 pm: UFOs Part 3……………….Craig Newton

"McMinnville UFO Photograph" by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

“McMinnville UFO Photograph” by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

UFOs – Past, Present and Future! Mysteries, legends, science and religion. Craig, a long-time member of MUFON, will show videos and talk about what he has learned about the unknown. How he started to ask questions, and where that led him.

This is the third in a series of programs Craig has presented. If you haven’t attended the earlier two, that’s OK. Just come with an open mind and your questions.

Mark the date! ** Sunday, May 1, 2016 ** Centennial Celebration for TS in MD!

Calendar-clip artWe will mark 100 years since our charter was signed, with an international guest speaker and a presentation of 100 years of history – the world’s, TS’s and our own lodge’s in Baltimore. There will be other special Sunday programs in April and May. Watch for the list in March. All programs are free and open to everyone.

Also, we are collecting photos, letters, first-hand accounts, newsletters, program schedules and other historic memorabilia to enhance our Centennial displays. If you have anything to contribute (or know someone who does), please call Ann Ford at 443-676-9278 and leave a voice message with your name and phone number. She will contact you to arrange for pickup. Or email info@theosophicalsocietyinmaryland.org

We appreciate your contributions!

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 – Library Night! No program on Sunday, Jan. 3

TS Society Library

TS Society Library

The Theosophical Society (TS) in Maryland is hosting Library Night this Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at our Baltimore lodge, located on Charles Street in historic Mount Vernon. Free and open to the public – spend the eve of New Year’s Eve browsing our esoteric book collection or join in friendly  conversation around our table. Non-political, non-sectarian, non-dogmatic, TS is committed to the universal brotherhood of humanity; the study of religion, philosophy and science; and examining the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity. Sunday programs resume January 10, 2-4 pm. Program schedule will be posted on our website after January 1st.

Sunday, December 20, 2015, 2-4:30 pm: Theosophy at the Movies – “John Carter of Mars” (2012)

John_carter_movieposterEdgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950), one of the “grandfathers of science fiction”, wrote A Princess of Mars in 1911, first of the John Carter of Mars/Barsoom series of nine books. This Disney production is based on characters and story elements in the series, with dramatic special effects. John Carter, a former Confederate officer and gold prospector, is taken to Mars – a planet with strange humanoids races, bizarre animals and technologies, with some shape-shifting, teleportation mixed in. Adventure, conflict, and romance! Ann Ford will quickly recap our discussion last Sunday – the Theosophical ideas Burroughs used in his vision of Mars and its people. You can see some of those ideas in this movie version if you look closely. Because the film runs 2 hrs and 12 minutes, we will be ending a little later than usual.

Sunday, December 13, 2015, 2-4 pm: Theosophy and Edgar Rice Burroughs ………………………… Ann Ford

Princess_of_Mars_largeEdgar Rice Burroughs (ERB), author of the Tarzan series and The Land That Time Forgot, was just as famous for his John Carter of Mars science fiction/adventure novels. Is there more to these novels than Green Martians, battles, and “damsels in distress”? This talk will explore Theosophical concepts to be found in the books. Please note: In case you saw the Disney movie, John Carter – the novels are much better!! Second in our series, Theosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts.

Sunday, Nov 15, 2015, 2-4 pm: Light on the Path, Part 1 – with Pablo Sender. DVD and Discussion

LightOnPath-Collins cover In this 4-part series, Pablo Sender explores this well-regarded Theosophical classic, written by Mabel Collins. In Part 1 he explains the purpose of the book – for those who sense there is something more to life than what we can see, touch and hear – and interprets the first “rules” to help us on the path of discipleship. Mr Sender is a very knowledgeable teacher, who has a clear, patient way of presenting ideas. The DVD is from the original webcast. It is one-hour long, to be followed by refreshments and open discussion. Text from the book will be given out so that you can take notes. Program is free and open to all.

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, 2-4 pm: The Heart of Theosophy -Theosophical Order of Service ….. Ann Ford

TOS-CentenaryLogoWithoutText How do Theosophists and other members of the Theosophical Society express the generosity in their hearts? Express their commitment to the “universal brotherhood of humanity”? One very important way is to support the Theosophical Order of Service (TOS). It has been doing good throughout the world since 1908. Learn more about TOS and the many ways to contribute.

Sunday, Nov 1, 2015, 2-4 pm: Open Book Discussion… All Welcome!

An opportunity to share a book, article or movie you have enjoyed –  on any topic that touches on the Theosophical Society’s Three Objects. After you talk a little about your selection, the floor is open to discussion. There is usually a wide range of topics covered, from religion to science to the spiritual, from biographies to science fiction. Every Book Discussion afternoon is unique because it depends on who comes, and the knowledge and experience each person is willing to contribute to the discussions. The library at the Lodge is also open for browsing. Refreshments served. (Note: Daylight Savings Time ends on 11/1)

Upcoming Events at the Theosophical Society in Maryland – 10/4 – 10/18/2015

TS Emblem from Adyar website w words  All events are free and open to the public. New visitors welcome! Sunday programs run from 2 to 4 pm, refreshments served. Donations accepted but never required. Street parking in the immediate area is free on Sundays and weekday evenings. We are located half a block from a Charles St. Circulator stop. Library Nights are from 6-8 pm.

– Sunday, October 4th: Spoonbending – Anyone Can Do It! with Carole J. Pressnall, MFA. It is not about magic or brute strength. It is about group energy, believing in yourself and in what is invisible. Mind over matter. Materials provided

– Wednesday, October 7th: Library Night with Aj Hyde. All can browse our extensive esoteric library, and engage is quiet conversation. Members have borrowing privileges. For questions, email Aj at tsmdlibrarynight@gmail.com

– Sunday, October 11th: No program on holiday weekend

– Wednesday, October 14th: Library Night

– Sunday, October 18: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum with Aj Hyde. Did you know that Baum was a Theosophist? Have you read this fascinating short novel? Or just seen the 1939 movie? Or the stage versions? Whatever your exposure to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, come find out the “more” behind the tale. First in our new bi-monthly program series, “Theosophy in Literature and the Visual Arts”

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Sunday, October 4, 2015, 2-4 pm: Spoon Bending – Anyone Can Do It! ………………….. Carole J. Pressnall, M.F.A.

3 BENT WELL SPOONS FORKS

        *** This is not about magic               ***This is not about brute strength

*** It is about group energy***                     *** Believing in yourself ***

         ***Having faith in what is not visible, and the powers latent in humanity***

       ***GROUP ENERGY              ***MIND-OVER-MATTER              ***CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY***

Carole will supply heavy-duty, vintage silver-plated utensils that she test-bent ahead of time. Choose a spoon or fork that calls to you. Note its strength and hardness by doing a test bend. You may bring your own spoon or fork if you like, but test it ahead of time, making sure that it is very hard for you to bend.

She will guide us through the process of how to attune our group energy and focus it to bend the spoons. We will do multiple bends on each spoon / fork. Carole will try to take a photo of every person who wants it, immediately after he or she bends their first spoon, and then a final group portrait with all the spoons held in the air. Please keep the bent utensils and display them proudly, for all your friends and family to see. They will be irrefutable, three-dimensional proof that you created your own reality in a mind-over-matter, exhilarating group energy experience.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6-8 pm: Library Night – TS in MD Library open to public for browsing

TS Society Library

TS Society Library

The Theosophical Society in Maryland continues hosting Library Nights every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at our Baltimore lodge, located on Charles Street in historic Mount Vernon. This is an opportunity for the public and TS Members alike to browse the shelves of our extensive esoteric library, as well as engage in (respectfully quieted) conversation with others on the myriad of subjects it houses.  Theosophical Society members can borrow 2 books for 3-weeks, and 1 DVD for a week, when they show their current membership card or certificate. (If you cannot find your card, please contact TSA headquarters in Wheaton for a replacement.)

However, all are welcomed for browsing and on-site reading. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Aj Hyde by email at tsmdlibrarynight@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 20, 2015: A Mind to Embrace the Universe….. DVD lecture by Adam Warcup, Discussion After

With ideas taken from H. P. Blavatsky’s great work The Secret Doctrine this program explores the capabilities of the human mind.

During discussion afterwards, we can weigh Blavatsky’s and his ideas against what others have discovered or written, about our minds.

Adam Warcup, a life-long student of Theosophy, has focused on the teachings found in The Secret Doctrine and also carried out an in-depth study of The Mahatma Letters. He served as general secretary (president) of the Theosophical Society in England, been the scholar-in-residence at the Krotona School of Theosophy, and teaches and lectures internationally.

First Library Night is this Wednesday, Sept. 9th! 6-8 pm. Free and Open to Public

TS Society Library

TS Society Library

Beginning Wednesday, September 9th 2015, the Theosophical Society in Maryland will be hosting Library Nights every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at our Baltimore lodge, located on Charles Street in historic Mount Vernon. This will be an opportunity for the public and TS Members alike to browse the shelves of our extensive esoteric library, as well as engage in (respectfully quieted) conversation with others on the myriad of subjects it houses.  Theosophical Society members can borrow 2 books for 3-weeks, and 1 DVD for a week, when they show their current membership card or certificate. (If you cannot find your card, please contact TSA headquarters in Wheaton for a replacement.)

However, all are welcomed for browsing and on-site reading. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Aj Hyde by email at tsmdlibrarynight@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

Library Nights at the Theosophical Society in Maryland

Beginning Wednesday, September 9th 2015, the Theosophical Society in Maryland will be hosting Library Nights every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at our Baltimore lodge, located on Charles Street in historic Mount Vernon. This will be an opportunity for the public and TS Members alike to browse the shelves of our extensive esoteric library, as well as engage in (respectfully quieted) conversation with others on the myriad of subjects it houses. Borrowing privileges are only extended to current members of the Theosophical Society. However all are welcomed for browsing and on-site reading. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Aj Hyde by email at tsmdlibrarynight@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

(The lodge is one block from the Washington Monument, at 523 N Charles St, second floor. Please note: We regret that the lodge is not currently handicapped accessible.)

Sunday Afternoon Programs Resume on Sept. 13th, 2015

The Theosophical Society in Maryland will resume its Sunday afternoon programs, 2-4 pm, on 9/13/2015. Look for the September-October schedule to be posted on the website by September 5th, and mailed out to those on our mailing list. This Fall we have two new activities. One evening a week you can browse in our esoteric library, at no cost. A special thanks goes out to A J Hyde for creating this opportunity. And we are starting a new series – Theosophy in Literature and the Visual Arts. The first program in the series will be about The Wizard of Oz and its author, L. Frank Baum. The lodge President, Leonard Jackson Jr, will be giving a talk each month, usually on the last Sunday. Welcome to all!

Sunday afternoon programs resume in September 2015.

The free programs will start up again in September after maintenance items are done in the lodge. Meanwhile volunteers have resumed cataloging the lodge’s esoteric library, and are planning the Centennial celebrations for next year.

Discussions are underway to hold free once-a-week “open library” evenings for the public to browse. We will post more about these evenings when plans are final.

Watch for the September-October program schedule to be posted at the end of August. Thank you.

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 2-4 pm: “A Theosophical View of Life After Death” … Ann Ford

The program will start with the DVD by Pablo Sender with this title – a very clear explanation of the teachings of Blavatsky, the Mahatmas, Besant and others. He talks about the stages after the physical body “dies”, including the “second death” and Devachan. Sender also answers questions from the audience in his DVD. There will be ample time for open discussion at the Lodge afterwards.

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2-4 pm: Book/Library Afternoon ……… Ann Ford, moderator

This is an opportunity to share a book, article or movie you have enjoyed and that is related to any of the Theosophical Society’s Three Objects. After you have described your selection, the floor is open to discussion. There is usually a wide range of topics covered. Every Book/Library Afternoon is unique because it depends on who comes, and the knowledge and experience each person is willing to contribute to the discussions. The library at the Lodge is also open for browsing. Refreshments served. Since the Lodge will sponsor no programs during July and August, the next Book/Library Afternoon will be in September.

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 2-4 pm: Readings from Lost Libraries Around the World …….. Kimberly Sheridan

This talk is subtitled “Fragments from Missing Books”. It will cover the Library of Alexandria, the Library at Nala (India), libraries of the Shang and Chou Dynasties, and repositories of Mayan literature. There are only four original Mayan books left in existence! Kimberly will also discuss writings we do have but cannot read.

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2-4 pm: “The Four Paths to Spiritual Freedom” and “A Review of Patanjali Yoga Sutras”…L. Jackson Jr.

Leonard describes his talk this way:

"A discussion on the major paths of YOGA. The discussion will focus on applying these methods to our journey through life 
without constraints. How to apply these teachings without a in-depth knowledge of Eastern Religious texts will be discussed 
in away to fit the daily life style of Western culture. 'All humanity could share a common insanity and be immersed 
in a common illusion while living in a common chaos. This cannot be disproved.' ASIMOV"

 

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2-4 pm: UFOs – Past, Present and Future, Part I ……………………………… Craig Newton

Craig describes himself this way: “I was born in Baltimore, educated in the public schools here and graduated from Morgan State University. I’ve been interested in aliens since I was a child, and spent the last five years seriously researching the field. I’m also interested in metaphysics, clairvoyance and dreams.  In India, I studied under a master. I’m a member of MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network) and the Theosophical Society. Currently, I’m trying to get to the UN and see what we’re going to do when the aliens do arrive here on Planet Earth.”

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 2-4 pm: Kick-off meeting to plan Centennial events for TS in Maryland

This coming year, beginning April 30, 2016, will mark the Centennial of the Theosophical Society in Maryland. We hope to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of our charter with an expanded program agenda and extra events that highlight this wonderful occasion and show our support for the three Objectives of the Society.

We welcome members and non-members to this initial planning meeting. We need the talents and abilities of many people to make this coming year a reality. If you are unable to come to this meeting, would you leave a message with your contact information, and someone will contact you with more specific details as our planning process develops.

Information may be left:

– on our voice mail at the Lodge, 410-727-3471

– in an email to info@theosophicalsocietyinmaryland.org, or

– to speak to directly with Leonard Jackson Jr, President of the Lodge, call 410-878-6456

A little of your time would be an invaluable contribution to this worthwhile endeavor.

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2-4 pm: HANDS ON HEALING …………………………………….. Carole Pressnall, M.F.A.

Carole describes her program this way:

I learned hands on healing from a lovely spiritual healer, who trained with her Puerto Rican mother. I worked within a small group of people who studied once a week for well over a year. We meditated, practiced on each other in pairs, and occasionally focused group energy when illness had been diagnosed. We also worked individually with long distance healing and in a cohesive group when needed.

Since everyone is able to learn these simple methods, the technique can be freely shared with others. I personally guarantee that most minor pains and problems will abate within 3 to 4 minutes of starting hands on healing techniques. [minor cuts and burns, scrapes, splinters, stubbed toes, sore muscles, headaches, stomachache, ear ringing – etc.]

No special beliefs or faith is needed – just a desire to heal oneself.

Wikipedia: The Brockhampton Guide to Spiritual Healing describes contact healing in terms of a “transfer of healing energy,” and distant healing based on visualizing the patient in perfect health.

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2-4 pm: TS at the Movies – The Prestige (2006) with Leonard Jackson II

There are three parts to a magic trick, like a disappearing bird trick. Part one is the pledge, where the magician shows you something ordinary, like a bird. Part two is the turn, where he does something extraordinary, like make the bird disappear. Part three, and there always has to be a part three, is the prestige, where you have a twist, and bring the bird back. Only then will the audience applaud. This movie is a complex story of the rivalry between two magicians, how it effects the people who love them, of Nikola Tesla and “The Transported Man”. For more on this movie, see IMDb

Million Gun Victims March – Art Exhibit, January 7-24, by Kimberly Sheridan

“Million Gun Victims March”, consciousness-raising through art, an exhibit of paintings by Kimberly Sheridan, will be at Wayman Memorial AME Church, 1305 Washington Blvd, Baltimore 21230  from January 7th through 24th. The exhibit is open, with the artist, Wed-Sat, 10 am – 4 pm. Other hours by appointment with Ms Sheridan (443-882-9734). Admission is free. Exhibit t-shirts will be available. For more information on Ms Sheridan’s art and the purpose of this exhibit, see the recent City Paper article.

Sunday, January 4, 2015, 2-4 pm: Library and Discussion Afternoon….Ann Ford

Join us for wide-ranging open discussions on books, articles or movies enjoyed by those who attend. Every time there is a different mix of topics, depending on who comes and what they bring. Topics range from psychology, religion, philosophy, science, the arts, to biographies, myths, and the early beginnings of mankind. Come to give a short summary of your favorite book/article/movie, or just to listen and contribute to the discussion. The TS Library, with its large selection of esoteric books, is also available for browsing. This is the regular program on the first Sunday of a month. All programs are free and open to the public.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 1:45-4 pm: Concert of Renaissance Christmas Music at the Walters (free admission)

Please note the earlier time and different location for this Sunday’s program! Join us at the Walters Museum, half a block from the TS Lodge. Meet Ann Ford at the museum’s cafe inside the modern Centre Street entrance at 1:45 pm. We will then go together to the Sculpture Court for “A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500” presented by the Folger Consort, an early music ensemble of musicians and singers from the Folger Shakespeare Library in DC. The concert is 2 to 3:30 pm. Admission to the museum and concert are both free. Learn more about the Folger Consort

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2-4 pm: Library and Discussion Afternoon

Join us for wide-ranging open discussions on books, articles or movies enjoyed by those who attend. Every time there is a different mix of topics, depending on who comes and what they bring. Topics range from psychology, religion, philosophy, science, the arts, to biographies, myths, and the early beginnings of mankind. Come to give a short summary of your favorite book/article/movie, or just to listen and contribute to the discussion. The TS Library, with its large selection of esoteric books, is also available for browsing. This is the regular program on the first Sunday of a month. All programs are free and open to the public.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2-4 pm: What it Means to be a Theosophist …. Ann Ford

This discussion will start off with two short DVDs from the Theosophical Society in America, supplemented with writings by noted theosophical writers (Madame Blavatsky, Geoffrey Hodson, and others), and personal thoughts by members of the Maryland lodge. As George Arundale said: “People have very erroneous conceptions as to what it is that characterizes a member of the Theosophical Society…” This program will try to correct at least some of those misconceptions.

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2-4 pm – Book Discussion and Library Afternoon

This is the regular program for the 1st Sunday of each month at the Lodge. New and old visitors are invited to join us for wide-ranging open discussions on books and articles enjoyed by those who attend. Every time there is a different mix of topics, ranging from psychology, religion, philosophy, science, the arts, to biographies, myths, and the early beginnings of mankind. Come to give a short summary of a favorite book, or just to listen and contribute to the discussion. The TS Library, with its large selection of esoteric books, is also available for browsing. All programs are free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2-4 pm – Special TS Speaker for: Our Thoughts Are Real Things

Guest speaker, Brant Jackson, will talk on OUR THOUGHTS ARE REAL THINGS: How Our Thoughts Actually Work in the World.  A lot of people talk about the power of thought, but very few actually know the esoteric principles that make our thoughts real influences in our lives and the lives of others. Come and find out why it is vital to understand this powerful force.

Doors open at 1:30 pm so that the lecture can start at 2 pm promptly. Free and open to the public. There will be light refreshments after the talk and Q&A.

Mr Jackson has been a National Lecturer for the Theosophical Society in America since 1999. He has a wide range of interests and his lectures have evolved to reflect this as well. In particular, he has maintained a strong interest in early Christian history, and the Mysteries, using scholarly sources to show the connection between Theosophy and primitive Christianity. Brant also lectures on the connections between Theosophy and modern science, and some of his talks highlight the parallels between recent developments in science, astronomy, and quantum physics, The Secret Doctrine’s teaching of a conscious universe, and the Hierarchy of the Masters and Devas which oversee it. He is a practicing litigation attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2-4 pm – “Cracking the Gnostic Code”, DVD and discussion

This is an  interesting, well-illustrated introduction to Gnosticism, especially the form that developed in the first to third centuries AD, but that still influences thoughts up through today. The talk is by John Algeo, a noted National Theosophical Society lecturer.  He explains Gnostic symbols and myths,  and compares Gnosticism to Hinduism, Christianity and Theosophy.  He defines sigepleromahysterema and other Gnostic concepts.  Echoes from the Gnosis by G. R. S. Mead  is the basis for this talk. Where else would you hear Mary Poppins, Joseph Campbell and Madame Blavatsky mentioned in the same lecture?

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2-4 pm – Book Discussion and Library Afternoon …Ann Ford moderating

The regular program for the 1st Sunday of the month at the Lodge returns in October. Join us for wide-ranging open discussions on books and articles enjoyed by those who attend. Every time there is a different mix of topics, ranging from psychology, religion, philosophy, science, the arts, to biographies, myths, and the early beginnings of mankind. Come to give a short summary of a favorite book of yours, or just to listen and contribute to the discussion. The TS Library, with its large selection of esoteric books, is also available for browsing. All programs are free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 24, 2014, 2-4 pm – The Key to Theosophy [by Helena P. Blavatsky]…Leonard Jackson II

Len, Lodge President, will present a program on this crucial book, from one of the co-founders of the Theosophical Society. Written in 1889, The Key to Theosophy presents in the form of questions and answers a succinct outline of the basic teachings of Theosophy on the human constitution, spiritual and psychological; the nature of reincarnation and the operation of karma; the after-death states of the human principles, as well as Theosophical views concerning free will, education, marriage, prayer, Masters of Wisdom, the nature of the Theosophical Society and the application of Theosophy to one’s life.

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2-4 pm: Eastern and Western Views on Depression with Ann Ford

A talk and discussion that compares different approaches to this serious psychological condition, approaches based on different views of human nature, of the mind-body-spirit complex. This talk is an outgrowth of the DVD series This Emotional Life, which for the most part highlighted research and treatments based on the Western view.

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2-4 pm: This Emotional Life – Finding Happiness …. Ann Ford

Last part of our viewing and discussing this PBS series, subtitled “In Search of Ourselves … and Happiness”, host – Dr Daniel Gilbert, a Harvard psychologistThe topics in this part include: fellowship, forgiveness, “positive psychology”, meditation, and can we transfer happiness?  Gilbert explains various theories using interviews with scientists studying our brain and social interactions, as well as interviews with individuals who share their feelings and personal experiences.  Will include updates to the topics.

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2-4 pm – Latent Powers II: Explore these powers for yourself in our workshop…Mary Brandes

Mary Brandes will include ideas and experiments from, among other sources, a recent book by physicist Russell Targ, The Reality of ESP. One of the three objects of the Theosophical Society is “to investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.” It is not necessary to have attended Mary’s previous programs.

Schedule Change for July and August, 2014 – Programs only on 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2-4 pm

The full July-August schedule will be available on this website before July 13th, the second Sunday. The program that day will another in the series, This Emotional Life – Seeking Happiness. We will have an open discussion after viewing the DVD that interweaves personal accounts with psychological research.  Ann Ford brings updates to the research.

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 2-4 pm – Exploring Latent Powers- Theory and Practice: Telepathy, Remote Viewing

Mary Brandes will include ideas and experiments from, among other sources, a recent book by physicist Russell Targ, The Reality of ESP. One of the three objects of the Theosophical Society is “to investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.” It is not necessary to have attended Mary’s talk on March 30th.

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2-4 pm – This Emotional Life, Part IV: Depression

Ann Ford presents and updates the DVD series, This Emotional Life: In Search of Ourselves… and Happiness. Lively discussions follow, where those attending add their own opinions and personal experiences. Each program in this series will include a recap of previous material covered.The series explains why our social relationships are so critical to our well-being, and how we can best maintain and nurture them. We will also look at what Theosophy says about our emotional nature. This 2010 PBS series, hosted by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, includes both scientific research and the experiences of real people.

Sunday, May 25th, 2014, 2-4 pm – Cultural Literacy for Religion: Introduction…Leonard Jackson

This is the first session in a course from The Teaching Company. The course is designed to teach you the basics of world religions – their origins, historical figures, rituals, scriptures, holidays, and key teachings – the things we need to know in order to consider ourselves religiously literate. The course consists of 24 lectures. The first two will lay the foundation for this in-depth look into religion.

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2-4 pm – Book and Library Afternoon with Ann Ford

** Note new starting time ** For this month only, the regular program for the first Sunday of each month, has been moved to May 18th. Join us for wide-ranging open discussions on the world, religions, science, the arts and human nature, based on books and articles enjoyed by those who attend. The TS Library, with its large selection of esoteric books, will be available for browsing. All programs are free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 11, 2014, ** 2-4 pm **- This Emotional Life, Part III…..with Ann Ford

Part III gives insights into anger, fear, panic attacks and PTSD. Ann presents and updates the DVD series, This Emotional Life: In Search of Ourselves… and Happiness. There is lively discussion afterwards, where those attending can add their opinions and personal experiences. Each program in this series will include a recap of previous material covered.The series explains why our social relationships are so critical to our well-being, and how we can best maintain and nurture them. We will also look at what Theosophy says about our emotional nature. This 2010 PBS series, hosted by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, includes both scientific research and the experiences of real people.

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2-4 pm – Communicating with Animals … by Terri Diener

Have you ever wondered what your animals are thinking? Do you ever wish you could get inside their heads to really know what that “look” means?  Well, you can. They have strong opinions about themselves, their lives, and us.  They will happily tell us – if we’ll only ask.
Terri Diener has been practicing animal communication since the mid-90s, and has helped countless animals and their human companions to better understand each other. In this presentation you’ll learn the basics of animal communication – and even have a chance to briefly practice connecting telepathically with your own animals.
Terri is the author of The Pets Speak. Copies of her book will be available at the talk. Terri’s website is http://www.petspeak.com/  Petspeak

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:45 – 5 pm: Cosmic Consciousness, the Bovis Scale, and the Rose … Dr Frankie Hutton

Red-roseThis is the 2014 Rose Project Lecture, given annually by Dr Frankie Hutton, author of Rose Lore: Essays in Cultural History and Semiotics. Baltimore musicians Ryan Dunne and Catherine Yard will also play traditional Irish “rose” music. Please arrive promptly at 2:45 pm; the lecture starts at 3 pm. RSVP to 410-327-2266 and leave a voice message with your name and contact number.

Sunday, April 20, 2014, 3-5 pm – TS at the Movies: Men of Honor with David Keltz

This 2000 movie, based on a true story, “ultimately revolves around two ‘men of honor’; their relationship, their individual and joint failures and triumphs. Carl Brashear is determined to be the first African American Navy diver in a time where racism is rife. Leslie Sunday is his embittered trainer, determined to see him fail. Fate, challenges and circumstances eventually draw these two men together in a tale of turbulence and ultimately triumph.” (quoted from http://www.imdb.com) Carl is played by Cuba Gooding Jr.;  Sunday by Robert De Niro.

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3-4:30 pm – The Emotional Life, Part II with Ann Ford

Ann presents and updates the DVD series, This Emotional Life: In Search of Ourselves… and Happiness. There is lively discussion afterwards, where those attending can add their opinions and personal experiences. Part II covers conflict in our lives – between friends, classmates, co-workers, lovers and married couples. Each program in this series will include a recap of previous material covered.The series explains why our social relationships are so critical to our well-being, and how we can best maintain and nurture them. We will also look at what Theosophy say about our nature and happiness. This 2010 PBS series, hosted by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, includes both scientific research and the experiences of real people.

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 3-5 pm: The Reality of ESP, a new book by Russell Targ …Mary Brandes

Mary will review the book, and after a group discussion, will lead those present in experiments for novices that Targ suggests in his book. The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities  is based on two decades of investigations by renowned physicist Russell Targ at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) which he co-founded with Harold Puthoff in 1972. He describes government research projects in psi phenomena that he was involved in, and gives many first-person descriptions. There are four types of experiments: remote viewing, distant mental influence, whole field isolation, and precognition and retrocausality.  A reviewer has said that in The Reality of ESP, Targ “has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that the mind can function without limitation in space and time, and that this ability is widespread, teachable, and practical.” (Larry Dossey, quoted at Quest Books website)

Sunday, March 23, 2014, ** 2:30-3:45 pm: The Hebrew Alphabet and Its Meaning with Mark Hart

Mr Hart will explain the Hebrew alphabet – 22 letters, all consonants, giving the pronunciation of each letter and the numerical value in the Jewish system called gematria. He will also cover the cursive versions of the letters, final forms, vowel points, and the use of the Hebrew alphabet in Yiddish. ** Please note the temporary change to the starting time. **

Sunday, March 9, 2014, 3-4:30 pm – This Emotional Life, Part 1 with Ann Ford

Ann presents and updates the DVD series, This Emotional Life: In Search of Ourselves… and Happiness. Parts 1 and 2 explain why our social relationships are so critical to our well-being, and how we can best maintain and nurture them. We will also look at what Theosophy say about our nature and happiness. This 2010 PBS series, hosted by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, includes both scientific research and the experiences of real people. Each program in this series will include a recap of previous material covered.

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3-4:30 pm – Book and Library Sunday with Ann Ford

** Note new starting time ** This is the regular program on the first Sunday of each month. Join us for wide-ranging discussions on the world, religions, science, the arts and human nature, based on books and  articles enjoyed by those who attend.  The TS Library, with its large selection of esoteric books, will be available for browsing. All programs are free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 2-4 pm – Book/Library Discussion Afternoon with Ann Ford

The regular 1st Sunday of the month program, Book/Library Discussion Afternoon is an opportunity to share concepts about human nature, religion, science, etc. from books, articles, movies and other sources that you have read. The discussions are far-ranging. They vary with who comes to the Lodge on a given afternoon – what knowledge and experiences they bring with them. All opinions are respected. Resources in the library are used to supplement the discussions. The library is also open for browsing.

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 2-4 pm – Donning the Tefillin: A Jewish Ritual with Mark Hart

Mark will explain the meaning of this ritual and its Scriptural source. Tefillin (also known as phylacteries) are worn by men in traditional synagogues for the morning worship except on Shabbat and Jewish holy days. The tefillin are leather straps holding small leather boxes in which are slips of parchment with passages from the Torah written on them. One box is worn on an arm, and the other on the forehead. (see online reference: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/practices/Ritual/Prayer/Ritual_Garb/Tefillin_Phylacteries_.shtml?p=1) Rescheduled from December 8th, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2-4 pm – Donning the Tefillin: A Jewish Ritual with Mark Hart

Mark will explain the meaning of this ritual and its Scriptural source. Tefillin (also known as phylacteries) are worn by men in traditional synagogues for the morning worship except on Shabbat and Jewish holy days. The tefillin are leather straps holding small leather boxes in which are slips of parchment with passages from the Torah written on them. One box is worn on an arm, and the other on the forehead. (see online reference: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/practices/Ritual/Prayer/Ritual_Garb/Tefillin_Phylacteries_.shtml?p=1)

Sunday, November 24, 2013, 2-4 PM – Getting Your Soul Right by Bill Jump, MS; author of Beyond the Violation of the Self

Jump-Violation Book CoverBill Jump, author and speaker, will explain the concepts in his next book.  His collaboration with Cheryl Garrett, her Spiritual Guide and the guides of hundreds of other clients during trance work, has given Bill a perspective that combines psychological healing and spiritual growth, with knowledge and wisdom important to the earth’s current transformation. As Cheryl’s Spiritual Guide says, “You’re not going to be happy if you don’t have your Soul right. The soul can’t be right if blocked off traumas are allowed to surface and triggers are allowed to play a role in creating bad life choices.”  Bill Jump’s website

 

Sunday, October 6, 2013 – 3 to 4:30 pm: Desire and Inner Selfishness

Edward Abdill, noted author, speaker and Vice-President of the Theosophical Society in America, is visiting Baltimore to give this talk, after two appearances at the Washington DC Lodge. A description of his program: “In The Voice of The Silence we are told to kill out desire. Yet surely it must have some purpose. If we look closely at the obvious and subtle forms of desire, we may discover both its purpose and the dangers that are a threat to our own Inner Self. We may also discover how the most subtle form of desire, inner selfishness, can harm the work of the Theosophical Society. By examining the nature of desire we may learn to use it rightly.”

Mr Abdill is author of the book The Secret Gateway: Modern Theosophy and the Ancient Wisdom Tradition, described as “the perfect guiding tool for all those on the quest to self-discovery and self-transformation.” This book and his 11 DVDs on various subjects are available through Quest Publishing.

* Friday January 18, 2013 – Poe’s Life and Death in Baltimore: A Discussion with David Keltz

PoeEdgar Allan Poe will be 204 years old in 2013. Join David Keltz for an in-depth discussion of Poe’s life and death in Baltimore on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at The Theosophical Society in Maryland, 523 N. Charles Street, in Baltimore. This event is free to all Poe fans. Light refreshments will be served.

David Keltz performs year-round in character and costume as Edgar Allan Poe.  Beginning with his first performance as Poe in 1991, Keltz continues adding to a repertoire of more than five hours of Poe’s works. Come with questions and get the answers.

See www.brownpapertickets.com/event/312096 for more information.

 

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