SOW October 2021

Event Start Date: 
Oct 11 2021 - 17:30 to Oct 22 2021 - 19:30
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom

Event Theme

Mindfulness in Daily Life

The School of the Wisdom classes by Ven. Olande Ananda Thera

11 - 22 October

Classes are two hours on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
at 17:30, ie. 5:30 PM India time, GMT 12 noon - see time in your location

During the classes on Mindfulness in Daily Life, we will explore the definition of meditation and its practice in some religions. For instance, we will look at the Islamic Zikr, the Christian Jesus Prayer, the Dhyāna in Hinduism, and Buddhist meditation. We will then focus on Buddhist meditation as practised in three different schools, e.g., Zen, Tibetan and Theravada.

There are only two types of Buddhist meditation, Samatha tranquillity of the mind and Vipassanā, insight. Samatha makes use of concentration on an object, either external or internal, such as Ānāpānasati, that is the breath; or Mettā, that is loving-kindness. Vipassanā (insight) meditation contemplates body, feelings, mind and qualities of mind with awareness or mindfulness. Mindfulness is nowadays a multi-million business,
without acknowledging where it comes from. Buddha taught mindfulness in the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta in a systematic way, that is, to be aware of one’s body, feelings and mind.

Download the recommended study material for this course (on the right of the page soon)

The Experience of Insight by Joseph Goldstein

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom by Goldstein and Kornfield

Satipatthana – the Direct Path to Realization by Analayo

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika




Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Jan. 1948. Ven Ananda Thera studied Economic Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He was Ordained in Sri Lanka in 1975 at Pagoda, Nugegoda, and practised meditation at Kanduboda Meditation Centre, in 1975 and 1976. In 1977, he received Higher Ordination received and stayed at Sri Vidya Vijaya Aramaya, Pagoda from 1975 onwards. From 1979 to 1984 he was a resident teacher at Rockhill International Meditation Centre. From 1982- now: Buddhist Delegate to Inter-religious living Dialogue, held in Germany, Sri Lanka, India, Bali, Japan, Pakistan, France etc.

• 1985-1997: Rain Forest Hermitage near Galle, Sri Lanka
• 1989-90: Vipassana Meditation Retreats held in South Africa
• 1991-1996: Conducted yearly meditation sessions in Ladakh, Himalayas
• 1993 and 1995: Conducted Meditation Seminars at Borobudur, Indonesia, around Wesak Festival.
• Since 1997, connected to Pagode Vanh Hanh, Vietnamese Temple in Holland
• Teaching meditation around Europe.
• Since 1997 Resident meditation teacher at Pagoda Meditation Centre, Pagoda, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

Event Status: 
What is provided: 
ONLINE program only


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The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey life ‘from the centre’, which is intuitive awareness. 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 SOW was inaugurated in 1949 by C. Jinarajadasa, the fourth International President of the TS, to revive the 1922 Adyar School initiated by Annie Besant. This school was named Brahmavidyā Āśrama, which has almost the same meaning as the School of the Wisdom.


The SOW is meant for members of the Theosophical Society to deepen their understanding in theosophy, making it a living force in daily life. Students may apply for all or some of the School of the Wisdom sessions in one form and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen.

1. Please, before applying click here to download and read the Online Class Decorum.

2. Fill in the Application Form which you find for each Session's page


For students joining any SOW programme, we recommend reading the following:

01 - The School of the Wisdom by Jinarajadasa and Radha Burnier (PDF)
02 - An Unending Path by Tim Boyd (PDF)
03 - Freedom of Thought and Freedom of Society (PDF)
04 - Freedom of Thought: Is it Essential? by Linda Oliveira (PDF)
05 - Why Freedom of Thought? by Pedro Oliveira (PDF)
06 - What is Truth? by H. P. Blavatsky (PDF)

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La Escuela de la Sabiduría tiene como objetivo llevar a cada estudiante a examinar la vida "desde el centro", que es la conciencia intuitiva.  No puede haber Sabiduría sin un creciente sentido de Maravilla. Esencial en el progreso hacia la Sabiduría, es una creciente intimidad con todos los aspectos de la Naturaleza.

La SOW fue inaugurada en 1949 por C. Jinarajadasa, el cuarto presidente internacional de la ST, para revivir la Escuela Adyar de 1926 iniciada por Annie Besant. Esta escuela se llamó Brahmavidyā Āśrama, que tiene casi el mismo significado que la Escuela de la Sabiduría.


La SOW está pensada para que los miembros de la Sociedad Teosófica profundicen su comprensión de la teosofía, de modo que la conviertan en una fuerza viva en la vida diaria. Los estudiantes pueden aplicar para todas o algunas de las sesiones de la Escuela de la Sabiduría en un solo formulario y se espera que asistan a todas las clases en la sesión elegida.

1. Por favor, antes de postularse, haga clic aquí para descargar y leer las directrices de las clases en línea.

2. Complete el formulario de solicitud que encontrará en la página de cada sesión


Para los estudiantes que se unen a cualquier programa de la SOW, recomendamos leer lo siguiente:

01a - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Jinarajadasa 1949 (PDF)
01b - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Jinarajadasa 1950 (PDF)
01c - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Radha Burnier (PDF)
02 - Un Sendero sin final por Tim-Boyd (PDF)
03 - Libertad de Pensamiento & Libertad  de la Sociedad Teosófica (PDF)
04 - Libertad de Pensamiento por Linda Oliveira (PDF)
05 - Qué es la Verdad por H. P. Blavatsky (PDF)