Self-Transformation and the Spiritual Life

Event Start Date: 
Jan 9 2017 - 08:00 to Jan 20 2017 - 17:00
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom

Event Theme

School of the Wisdom Session
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Every theosophist is recommended to attend, giving tools for applying the principles in one's life and in introducing the means to lodges or section.

The course covers an approach to self-transformation that serves as a foundation for an integrated and effective life, as well as an essential preparation for living the spiritual life. It includes exercises in self-awareness and a detailed study of meditation. Other facets of the course are, approaches to daily awareness, the exploration of transcendence, nurturing essential life-skills, probing into the nature of intuition, and the integration of impersonal values into our lives.

Recommended reading

The Process of Self-Transformation by Vincente Hao Chin Jr.
The First and Last Freedom by J. Krishnamurti
The Key to Theosophy by H.P.Blavatsky
Mysticism by William James (The chapter on Varieties of Religious Experience)
Understanding Mysticism by Richard Woods
The Science of Yoga by I. K. Taimini


Mr Vicente Hao Chin Jr is a former president of the TS in the Philippines, and a former president of the Indo-Pacific Federation of the TS. He is the author of The Process of Self-Transformation, Why Meditate?, On Education, and other works. He compiled and edited the chronological edition of The Mahatma Letters to A.P.Sinnet, and is the Associate Editor of the Theosophical Encyclopedia.

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


Self-Transformation and the Spiritual Life


Blavatsky Bungalow
Blavatsky Avenue
600020 Adyar, Chennai , TN
13° 0' 37.9332" N, 80° 16' 4.9224" 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.