Here in San Diego’s Balboa Park, there is a beautiful spot called the Japanese Friendship Garden. It has gone through several upgrades and improvements over the decades. Here is a short video clip from one of my many trips there to share with you for a contemplative moment of centering and peacefulness. Please focus your mind upon your own breath as you listen and enjoy. This is the beginning of mental concentration type of meditation, called dharana, or one pointed concentration of your attention.
The Fresno Theosophy Study Center is teaming up with the United Lodge of Theosophists in San Diego. Monk Ken is a member of both. The Seven Jewels of Wisdom is being presented by a wise teacher from The Hague, in the Netherlands. This special series is a part of the San Diego groups usual Sunday meetings at 10:30 am, initially in person at the Lodge, and now primarily on zoom video-conferencing.
Here is a link to the Meet UP page where you can RSVP
Please enjoy this online, zoom based video-conference class online on your desktop / laptop or on your phone zoom app. These precepts of concepts are taken from H. P. Blavastky’s book, “The Secret Doctrine.”
I just looked over some EarthDay 2018 pics and vids from the San Diego UU Church’s presentation on human caused global climate change. On that occasion two years ago one UCSD climatologist spoke and one venerable theologian spoke. The unanimous scientific observations and unanimous general predictions of professional practicing scientists in that field are real facts. A significant percent of the human population will be dead within the next 25 years if we do not change (Human lives lost by direct and indirect consequences of our human caused burning carbon, burning petrochemicals and as a direct consequence, changing the pH of the seas and making greenhouse changes to our planet’s atmosphere). The theologian advocated using the Roman Catholic Pope’s, 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si” as a further call to action for the estimated 1.2 billion Catholics to get into action for lifestyle change to be good “stewards” of out shared planet. Thus, for the rest of us non-Catholics, humanists, Areteans, Unitarians, Protestants-Jews -Muslims, and other folks living on this planet, we can network and share a common vision and goal to change consumerism, vote with our dollars, our money, to reduce the carbon cost of products we buy, our travel, our lifestyles.
A presentation of United Lodge of Theosophists – San Diego in conjunction with Theosophical Society Point Loma – Blavatskyhouse – The Hague entitled: Reincarnation: An Inner View on the Cycles of Life. The doctrine of cycles is most important. HPB points this out in The Secret Doctrine, I, 17 referring to “the absolute universality of the law of periodicity.”
You are to attend and participate. Come and hear and experience this knowledgeable international speaker. Sunday March 1st, 2020 at San Diego Theosophy Lodge, 3772 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105 (Between 38th St. and 37th St.) Time: 12:30 pm til 2 pm.
Saturday February 29, 2020 (leap year) from 4pm to 6 pm. A lecture presentation by United Lodge of Theosophists – San Diego, in conjunction with The Theosophical Society Point Loma – Blavatskyhouse – The Hague. Presenter is international speaker, Johanna Vermeulen. Her theme is Helena Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine from theory to practical application.
Please let it be known that as a member of the Southern Californian group called The Paracelsian Order, TPO, a teaching – healing order, that my station is that of a “Life Professed Monk” in that order. It is named after Paracelsus AKA Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, (born November 11 1493, (or by some records December 17th) in Einsiedeln, Switzerland—died September 24, 1541, Salzburg, Archbishopric of Salzburg [now in Austria]), German-Swiss physician and alchemist who established the role of chemistry in medicine. He was a physician, alchemist, and astrologer of the German Renaissance. He was a pioneer in several aspects of the “medical revolution” of the Renaissance, emphasizing the value of observation in combination with received wisdom.
Not surprisingly, the teachings of Paracelsus influenced modern medicine for centuries. But as Western medicine evolved, it became increasingly reductionist and specialized. Because of Paracelsus, Germany and Switzerland retained a distinct medical tradition that remained stubbornly alternative and holistic. Today both countries offer therapies which are unavailable elsewhere. In fact, Switzerland is the only country in the world today which enshrines access to alternative medicine in its national constitution as a basic human right.
“The Bodhisattva vow,” “Service is our Prayer,” “Step -12 of AA,” “Caritas,” “Compassionate Service,” are part of what will be reviewed from a Theosophical perspective in this symposium. Please come on over for an engaging talk and like-minded community.
Location: the San Diego Theosophists Lodge on El Cajon Blvd just west of Interstate-15.
Date: Saturday afternoon August 31st 2019
Dr Ken is presenting “Theosophical Perspectives on the Bhagavad Gita” at Far Horizons Sierra Camp this August 14-18, 2019. Focus will also be on CBT, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. Spirituality and metaphysics form a foundational part of this beloved sacred verses, known at the Bhagavad Gita.
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The Hearing Voices Network, HVN, is presenting a community building event in the hills of southern San Diego county.
WHO IS WELCOME: Those folks who consider themselves “voice hearers.” Those folks who have what may be considered unusual experiences are welcome. Some folks who identify as “psychiatric survivors.” Folks who have visions, information downloads, and invisible companions. Interested supporters, too.
WHAT WE OFFER: Safe, supportive space for sharing. Community building exercises. Some Lectures to help you find your “framework” to better understand your experiences. Healthful nurturing vegetarian meals. Time for hiking and exploring.
WHERE: Outdoor camping in the beautiful chaparral with oak trees and native plants. Exquisite rock formations. The “great mother” hillside. Located at Madre Grande Monastery, a theosophical order (non-religious philosophical movement dedicated to the Universal Brotherhood / Sisterhood / Person-hood of all Peoples).
WHEN: October 23-27, 2019
To register to attend, and get more information go to www.HearingVoicesRetreat.com
Download the event flyer here: http://liveoakmonastery.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HVNretreatflyer.jpg
In the writings of G. DePurucker, a leader of that Theosophical community in San Diego, California, LomaLand, or the “Point Loma Society” are describes renunciation. He writes of the Summer Solstice. In that text he lists two types of people who attain to a level of advanced spiritual development. The first type becomes a Pratyeka-Buddha and is absorbed in the beauty, glory and wonder of the spiritual life, and proceed to Nirvana. There they await the next chain of existence to later become the second type. That second type of spiritually advanced person becomes a Buddha of Compassion, or a Bodhisattva. These Bodhisattvas, turn backwards on the Path, to be beneficent forces for the spiritual and intellectual life of Humanity, sacrificing their own chances for advancement. They remain as a helpful spiritual fire, seeing the truth beyond Nirvana, channeling compassion.