The Theosophical Society in Europe
Federation of National Societies

School of the Wisdom, 11 to 22 January 2016, Adyar, Chennai, India

The aim of the School of the Wisdom is to enable the individual to learn to survey the problem of life directly by himself or herself.  The School aims at bringing each student to survey things “from the centre” which is intuitive awareness.  
The purpose of all studies in the School of the Wisdom is not the perfection of the individual but to enable the individual to use every faculty of his or her being for lifting a “little of the heavy Karma of the world”.


Wisdom, the universal heritage, cannot be confined to a particular region on earth. Almost at the same epoch of the flowering of great philosophies in India, another part of the East, namely China, witnessed the blossoming of great philosophical thinkers. This session will tentatively give a broad outline of Chinese philosophies in the light of theosophy.

The first week will deal with the foundations of Chinese mind before Bodhidharma. There will be exploration into the I-Ching, the Tao Teh King as well as the Analects, while making glimpses on main great Chinese philosophers such as Lao Tzeu, Confucius, Tshuang Tzeu, etc. Approach to theosophical concepts will be tentatively shown.

The second week will be dedicated to examining the evolution of the Chinese thought under the influence of Bodhidharma’s contribution. With the birth of Chan Buddhism and its development, Chinese practical mind grew into metaphysical dimensions. Some aspects of Chan and Zen Buddhism will be examined. The week will end with an exploration into another dimension of the I-Ching as a book of oracle. If time allows, the daily life in Chan Buddhist monasteries will be illustrated.

Theme: Glimpses on Chinese Philosophies in the Light of Theosophy

Director Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu

Opening: 11 January in the morning - Closing: 22 January in the afternoon

Language: English

Venue and timings

All sessions of the School of the Wisdom are held in Blavatsky Bungalow, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India.

Classes take place from Monday to Friday, 8.30 to 11 and 15.30 to 17. Meditation will take place every day from 8 to 8.30.

Some afternoons will be reserved for presentations by students, who may do research on their own at the Adyar Library and Research Centre.  

Additional information

Applications, providing membership details and a recommendation from the General Secretary or main officer in the applicant's country of residence, should be sent to: study.hq[at] or The International Secretary, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India.

The Application Form can be downloaded on the website of the International Theosophical Society where there is also detailed information about other sessions of the School of the Wisdom, accommodation, prices, etc.


Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu is post-graduated in pharmaceutical technology. She has been exploring Eastern philosophies and religions in parallel with scientific ideas. She is most drawn to the philosophy of  Nagarjuna and Krishnamurti. She is a member of the TS since 1972 and has been the General Secretary of TS France since 2009. She is also the Chairperson of the European Federation since 1995. She has travelled and lectured all over the world and regularly conducts meditation retreats in Europe.

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