Glimpses on Chinese Philosophies in the Light of Theosophy

Event Start Date: 
Jan 11 2016 - 08:00 to Jan 22 2016 - 17:00
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom
Event Person: 

Wisdom, the universal heritage, cannot be confined to a particular region on earth. Almost at the same epoch of the flowering of great philosophies in India, another part of the East, namely China, witnessed the blossoming of great philosophical thinkers. This session will tentatively give a broad outline of Chinese philosophies in the light of theosophy.

The first week will deal with the foundations of Chinese mind before Bodhidharma. There will be exploration into the I-Ching, the Tao Teh King as well as the Analects, while making glimpses on main great Chinese philosophers such as Lao Tzeu, Confucius, Tshuang Tzeu, etc. Approach to theosophical concepts will be tentatively shown.

The second week will be dedicated to examining the evolution of the Chinese thought under the influence of Bodhidharma’s contribution. With the birth of Chan Buddhism and its development, Chinese practical mind grew into metaphysical dimensions. Some aspects of Chan and Zen Buddhism will be examined. The week will end with an exploration into another dimension of the I-Ching as a book of oracle. If time allows, the daily life in Chan Buddhist monasteries will be illustrated.

Recommended reading

- I-Ching, original text translated by Richard Wilhelm & Baynes, Princeton University Press
- Tao Teh King*
- The Analects* by Confucius, Dover Publications, Inc. New York
- Chuang Tzu, Basic Writings*, translated by Burton Watson, Colombia University Press
- Zen Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (three volumes)
- The network of thought by Jiddu Krisnamurti*, KFI
- Seeking Wisdom by N Sri Ram*, TPH Adyar
(*) recommended to read before attending

No course fee.
Event Status: 
What is provided: 
Accommodation is provided during the event duration. Meals are optionally provided.


Glimpses on Chinese Philosophies in the Light of Theosophy


Adyar, Blavatsky Bungalow
Blavatsky Avenue Adyar
600020 Chennai , TN
13° 0' 37.9332" N, 80° 16' 4.9224" E
Tamil Nadu IN


 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey life ‘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.

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.

Timings (may vary due to the course)

Monday to Friday
Meditation: 8.00 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 free afternoons doing research on their own or at the Adyar Library and Research Centre.  Applications for Library reading/ borrowing cards are available.

All sessions are held in Blavatsky Bungalow, Adyar Campus, Chennai.

Applying to the School

Application Form you find as an attachment from the Session's description. Students may register for all or some of the Scool of the Wisdom sessions in one form, and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen. The form should be sent to:



The Theosophical Society
Secretary's Office
The School of the Wisdom
Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India
Tel: ( +91 44 ) 2491 2474 and 2491 7198


If you need accomodation, please specifically say so in your application, or send the accommodation needs to

Western style: Leadbeater Chambers is not available due to renovation (2019-2020), but if western style is requested, tell it in the form and we'll figure out a suitable house.

NEW QUADRANGLE, Indian style accommodation, bathrooms outside, is basically for Indian participants.

Rates are given on request.


All meals (breakfast+lunch+dinner) will cost Rs.280-300/- per day, according to what you order. Taking only lunch (Rs.100) must be informed the day before. Tea/coffee at 4 pm is Rs.20.

Other information

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.
Those members who wish to stay for the International Convention are requested to register separately, see instructions.