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:

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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

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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