Intuitive Awareness: a Silent Retreat

Event Start Date: 
Nov 9 2009 - 08:00 to Nov 15 2009 - 17:00
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom

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.

 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.


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, UbonProvince. 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.


Event Status: 
What is provided: 
Accommodation is provided during the event duration. Participants will receive printed matter which outlines activities Please bring your own laptop/notepad etc. Meals are optionally provided. Sign up for it separately


Intuitive Awareness: a Silent Retreat


600020 Chennai , TN
13° 0' 13.6188" N, 80° 15' 24.8616" E
Tamil Nadu IN


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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.