Event Start Date: 
Dec 31 2017 - 08:00 to Jan 5 2018 - 10:30
Event Category: 

Event Theme

From Teachings to Insight: The Altruistic Heart

Convention gives an opportunity for Theosophists to meet friends (old and new) 
from around the world.


Convention Program:

 (click on video or photo link to view)

30 December
3.00 pm                  Order of the Round Table   (Photos)
31 December
8.00 am - 10.00 am  Convention Opening (Video) (Photos)
3.00 pm                  Reception (Photos)
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm    Theosophy-Science Lecture: (Video) (Photos)
                                  "Yoga & Social Cognition: Clinical Applications"
                                      Prof. Gangadhar,
                                      National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences
                                  Introduction by Jacques Mahnich
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm    Ritual of the Mystic Star (Photos)
Other Day 1 Albums:  People, OES, BWC & BMAD, Bats & Full Moon,
                                        Museum & Archive Display Opening
1 January
8.00 am - 9.30 am    Short Lectures (Video) (Photos)
                                  “Looking Within To Reach Out”
                                     Dr Deepa Padhi, International Vice-President, TS Adyar
                                  “Meditation, Self-Study, and the Therapeutics of Speech”
                                     Mr Jonathan Colbert, ULT, California, USA
                                  Introductions by Jenny Baker
9.30 am - 10.00 am   Governor's visit:  (Video) (Photos)
                                  Welcome and Address
                                     Tim Boyd, International President, TS Adyar
                                  Chief Guest:

                                    THIRU BANWARILAL PUROHIT

                                      Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu
                                   with introduction by Mr Pradeep Gohil,
                                     General Secretary, Indian Section 
10.00 am - 11.30 am Indian Section Convention - I (Video) (Photos)
1.30 pm - 3.00 pm    Social Welfare Centre:  (Photos)
                                     Cultural Activities
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm    Besant Lecture: (Video) (Photos)
                                  "Tamil: the Glory of India"
                                     Prof. Lokesh Chandra,
                                        Indian Council for Cultural Relations
                                   Introduction by Tim Boyd
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm    Indian Dance Program: (Video) (Photos)
                                     Bhakti Maargam - Namaargam Dance Group
Other Day 2 Albums:  People
2 January
10.00 am - 11.30 am Symposium: (Video) (Photos)
                                   “Altruistic Work of Today
                                    – in the Footsteps of Annie Besant”
                                      Mrs Padma Venkataraman (Womens India Association),
                                      Mr Vinay Patri (India), and
                                      Mrs Angeles Torra (Spain)
                                  Chaired by Ms Marja Artamaa
3.00 pm - 4.30pm     Panel:  (Video) (Photos)
                                  “Mission, Purpose and Scope of the TS”
                                      Mr Tim Boyd (President),
                                      Mr Vic Hao Chin Jr (Philippines),
                                      Mr Pradeep Gohil (India), Mrs Patrizia Calvi (Italy),
                                      Mr John Vorstermans (New Zealand)
                                  Moderated by Mr Jan N. Kind

5.00 pm - 6.00 pm    Public Lecture:  (Video) (Photos)

                                  "The Great Awakening: Is it all in the Mind?"
                                      Ms Dorothy Bell, Australia
                                  Introduction by Esteban Langlois
7.30pm - 9.00 pm     Renovation Update:  (Video) (Photos)
                                    Blavatsky Bungalow, Mr Nilesh Thakkar, India
                                    Archives and other projects,
                                      Mr Michiel Haas, the Netherlands
                                 Chaired by Mr Tim Boyd, Adyar
Other Day 3 Albums:  People
3 January
8.00 am - 9.30 am    Symposium:   (Video) (Photos)
                                 “What Leads to Insight”
                                      Prof. C. A. Shinde (India),
                                      Mrs Isis de Resende (Brazil),
                                      Mr Gerard Brennan (Australia)
                                 Chaired by Mrs Uma Bhattacharyya
9.30 am - 11.00 am  Indian Convention - II:  (Video)
1.30 pm                  Vocational Training Centre:   (Photos)

3.00 pm - 4.30pm     TOS Symposium:   (Video) (Photos)

                                 “A Life of Active Altruism”
                                    Mr Luke Ironside (UK/Philippines),
                                    Dr Revathy (India),
                                    Ms Nancy Secrest
                                   (TOS International Secretary, USA/India)
                                   Chaired by Mr Birendra Bhattacharyya
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm   Public Lecture:   (Video) (Photos)
                                 "The Heart's Wisdom"
                                    Mr Tim Boyd, International President, Adyar
                                 Introduction by Pradeep Gohil
7.30pm - 9.00 pm    Music Night - Chants:   (Photos)
                                     The Bangalore Cousins
Other Day 4 Albums:  People, Food Halls & IT Lounge
4 January
8.00 am - 9.30 am   Short Lectures:   (Video) (Photos)
                                “The Heart of Theosophy”
                                      Dr Barbara Hebert, USA
                                “There Is No Other”
                                      Mr Pedro Oliveira, Australia
                                Chaired by Mrs Sabine van Osta
9.30 am - 11.00 am  Questions and Answers:   (Video)  (Photos)
                                     Mr Tim Boyd, Mrs Linda Oliveira,
                                     Mr Pradeep Gohil, Mrs Dorothy Bell
1.30 pm - 3.00 pm  Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School:   (Photos)
                                  Cultural Activities and Exhibition
3.00 pm - 4.30pm    Lecture:   (Video)  (Photos)
                                 “The Digital Revolution:
                                     A Challenge to the Theosophical Society”
                                         Mr José Foglia, Uruguay
                                  Introduction by Mr Marcos de Resende
5.30 pm - 8.00 pm    A Play by KFI students:    (Photos)
                                   "The Story of Buddha"
Other Day 5 Albums:  People
5 January
8.00 am - 9.30 am    Convention Closing:   (Video) (Photos)
10.30 am & 3.00 pm   Youth Forum (Photos)
Other Day 6 Albums:  People

YouTube Video Playlist : Adyar Convention 2017, all videos


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Event Status: 
What is provided: 
Great atmosphere




Adyar, TS Headquarters
Blavatsky Avenue
600020 Adyar, Chennai , TN
13° 0' 38.5128" N, 80° 15' 41.7564" E
Tamil Nadu IN

General info about Convention from 2017-18


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The 142nd International Convention of the Theosophical Society will be held at the International Headquarters, Adyar, from 31 December 2017 to 5 January 2018.

All members of the Society in good standing are welcome to attend as delegates.
Non-members may send requests to attend, together with a recommendation from an officer of the TS, to the Convention Officer before 25 November.


From 29 December 2017 to 6 January 2018 inclusive


Includes sharing room, mosquito nets, sheets,
no blankets, all meals at LBC dining hall)
Registration fee Full board, incl. Meals
Overseas Delegates US$ 70* US$ 280*
Indian and Less Developed Countries’ delegates Rs.200 Rs.8,500


* (total 350 USD or 305 EUR or 270 GBP)
Half rates for children from 3 to 10 years. No reimbursement, if one eats at the Canteen.


Includes mat/cot or mattress, sheets, no meals.
Canteen meals rate is in addition
Registration fee Accommodation
Indian and Less Developed Countries’ delegates
(includes mat/cot or mattress, sheets, NO meals
Rs.200 Rs.350
Canteen from 30 Dec. (dinner) to 5 Jan. (lunch)   Canteen


Half rates for children from 3 to 10 years.
Each Convention delegate may pay Canteen meals along with Registration and Accommodation charges.

Canteen will be run by the Karnataka Theosophical Federation.


Factors considered in allocating Indian style accommodation are active membership, health, age, priority of registration, size of family, etc. Rooms and bathrooms cannot be made available for anyone’s exclusive use. Young persons should be prepared to stay in dormitories. No special facilities can be provided for members who are ill or for women with babies. No kitchens are available. Ordinary medical attention will be available for minor complaints but there will be no provision for serious illness. Since accommodation is limited, especially ground floor, availability will be subject to confirmation by the Convention Officer.


Last date for registration: 1 December 2017.
Cancellation: last date 15 December 2017; payment will be refunded, except the Registration fee. After 12 December there will be no refund of any amount.

Delegates from India: Send registration, accommodation and canteen charges together, along with the details as per the Registration form (available at <www.ts-adyar.org>), to the Convention Officer before 1 December 2017. Remittance by bank drafts, duly crossed, should be made payable to The Treasurer, The Theosophical Society, Chennai. For online bank transfers contact the Convention Officer.

Overseas delegates: Make sure you take travel insurance. Send the Registration form preferably by email. For online bank transfers, and any other matters, contact the Convention Officer by email.

Convention Officer, email tsadyarconvention@gmail.com or
The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India



  1. LBC: Overseas delegates    USD 350*    Includes registration fee, meals at LBC Dining Hall, accommodation sharing, sheets mosquito nets
  2. LBC: Indian delegates        Rs.8,700      Includes registration fee, meals at LBC Dining Hall, accommodation sharing, sheets mosquito nets
  3. INDIAN STYLE:                 Rs.1,650      Includes registration fee, meals at Canteen, accommodation - sharing/dormitory, mat/cot or mattress, sheet

Note: half rate for children of 3-10 years                                                                                                                                           * or 305 EUR or 270 GBP


When paying via Bank, kindly email to tsadyarconvention@gmail.com
It is important that you print the receipt of the transfer and show it at the Enquiry Office at Adyar.

For Abroad money transfer

Account name:        The Theosophical Society
Bank Name:             Standard Chartered Bank
Branch, address:      Adyar Branch, "Sorrento", 6, Lattice Bridge Road, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020, India
Bank a/c number:     428-1-000158-2
IF5 Code:               SCBL0036080
Country:                 IN
Specification: If requested, write DONATION.

For Indian money transfer

Account name:        The Theosophical Society
Bank Name:             Indian Bank
Branch, address:      41-42, Arch Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
Bank a/c number:     4396-20551
IF5 Code:               IDIB000A002
Specification of the transfer: DONATION (do not write Convention fee)