Saturday, May 1, 2021

SFTS Lodge Online Events for May 2021

Mantelpiece Altar, Main Meeting Room, SFTS Lodge

NOTE: In response to the global pandemic. The suspension of our weekly Friday evening public meetings continues. To help flatten the curve. And to set a meaningful example. Meanwhile, you can engage with us online, via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sftslodge/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SFTSLodge)

SFTS Lodge Calendar of "Facebook Live" Events for May 2021

On Sunday, 5/23/21 at 6 p.m. --

John Paul - "Yoga Nidra"

On Sunday, 5/30/21 at 6 p.m. --

Dr. Jeff Curtis - "Concepts, Collisions & Gaps in the Science of Consciousness (Part 2)"

To enjoy these offerings, just come to https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge at the appointed hour on the designated day. Free and available to the public.

#NoReligionHigherThanTruth
#NoPowerGreaterThanLove
#TheCircleRemainsUnbroken
#Theosophy

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

SFTS Lodge Online Events for March/April 2021

Buddha Room
 

NOTE: In response to the global pandemic. The suspension of our weekly Friday evening public meetings continues. To help flatten the curve. And to set a meaningful example. Meanwhile, you can engage with us online, via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sftslodge/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SFTSLodge)

SFTS Lodge Calendar of "Facebook Live" Events for March/April 2021

On Sunday, 3/21/21 at 6 p.m. --

John Paul - "Yoga Nidra"

On Sunday, 3/28/21 at 6 p.m. --

Lenten Season Reading of the Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation

On Sunday, 4/4/21 at 6 p.m.

Lenten Season Reading of the Diamond Sutra

On Sunday, 4/18/21 at 6 p.m. --

John Paul - "Yoga Nidra"

To enjoy these offerings, just come to https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge at the appointed hour on the designated day. Free and available to the public.

#NoReligionHigherThanTruth
#NoPowerGreaterThanLove
#TheCircleRemainsUnbroken
#Theosophy

 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

SFTS Lodge Online Events for February 2021

Altar, SFTS Lodge

NOTE: In response to the global pandemic. The suspension of our weekly Friday evening public meetings continues. To help flatten the curve. And to set a meaningful example. Meanwhile, you can engage with us online, via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sftslodge/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SFTSLodge)

SFTS Lodge Calendar of "Facebook Live" Events for February 2021

On Sunday, 2/21/21 at 6 p.m. --

John Paul - "Yoga Nidra"

On Sunday, 2/28/21 at 6 p.m. --

Dr. Jeff Curtis - "Concepts, Collisions & Gaps in the Science of Consciousness (Part 1)"

To enjoy these two offerings, just come to https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge at the appointed hour on the designated day. Free and available to the public.

#NoReligionHigherThanTruth
#NoPowerGreaterThanLove
#TheCircleRemainsUnbroken
#Theosophy

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

SFTS Lodge Online Events for January 2021

 

Ramana Marahshi, Altar, Main Meeting Room, SFTS Lodge

NOTE: In response to the global pandemic. The suspension of our weekly Friday evening public meetings continues. To help flatten the curve. And to set a meaningful example. Meanwhile, you can engage with us online, via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sftslodge/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SFTSLodge)

SFTS Lodge Calendar of "Facebook Live" Events for January 2021

On Sunday, 1/10/21 at 6 p.m. --

Emily Shurr - "Mental Temple Meditation: Embody the Vision"

On Sunday, 1/24/21 at 6 p.m. --

John Paul - "Yoga Nidra"

To enjoy these two offerings, just come to https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge at the appointed hour on the designated day. Free and available to the public.

#NoReligionHigherThanTruth
#NoPowerGreaterThanLove
#TheCircleRemainsUnbroken
#Theosophy

Friday, December 18, 2020

In pure alignment with the Bodhisattvic Principle & the 3 Avowed Objects of the Theosophical Society ...

One of the many photos of the great Annie Besant that grace the walls of our Lodge.
 

All individuals living in the State of California are currently ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands, or as otherwise authorized" - State of California, 12/18/20

The Lodge's public meetings remain suspended to help flatten the curve and save lives. Our vigil continues. The circle is unbroken.

For the duration, we are hosting two Facebook Live events every month.

We are also posting vital news, inspiring teachings and updates via Facebook
(http://facebook.com/sfts.lodge), Instagram (@sftslodge), Twitter (@sftslodge) and of course our official site (http://sftslodge.org).

We urge you to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and stay at home as much as possible. Vaccines are beginning to be dispensed. Follow the science!

In pure alignment with the Bodhisattvic Principle and the Three Avowed Objects of the Theosophical Society, we urge you to heed the overwhelming consensus of scientists -- in regard to both the Pandemic and the Climate Crisis, and also to stand in defense of human rights and work toward the alleviation of human suffering nationally and globally.

Join us via Facebook Live on Sunday, 12/20/20, at 6 p.m. for our Solstice celebration.

“Mysticism is the most scientific form of religion, for it bases itself, as does all science, on experience and experiment—experiment being only a specialised form of experience, devised either to discover or to verify.” - Annie Besant

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

SFTS Lodge Online Events for December 2020

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, SFTS Lodge

NOTE: In response to the global pandemic. The suspension of our weekly Friday evening public meetings continues. To help flatten the curve. And to set a meaningful example. Meanwhile, you can engage with us online, via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sftslodge/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SFTSLodge)

SFTS Lodge Calendar of "Facebook Live" Events for December 2020

On Sunday, 12/13/20 at 6 pm, John Paul - "Yoga Nidra" 

On Sunday, 12/20/20 at 6 p.m., Lodge Solstice Celebration

To enjoy these two offerings, just come to https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge at the appointed hour on the designated day. Free and available to the public. 

For more on the work of John Paul Gauer, visit https://www.jpgyoga.com/about
 
#NoReligionHigherThanTruth
#NoPowerGreaterThanLove
#TheCircleRemainsUnbroken
#Theosophy

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Dharma Message for FOUNDERS' DAY 2020: Olcott on Buddha, Dharma and Sangha

Excerpts from "The Buddhist Catechism" by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott

The Buddha

71. Q. Did those five companions readily listen to him?

A. At first, no; but so great was the spiritual beauty of his appearance, so sweet and convincing his teaching, that they soon turned and gave him the closest attention ...

The Dharma

 116. Q. When our Bodhisattva became Buddha, what did he see was the cause of human misery? Tell me in one word.

A. Ignorance (Avidyd) ...

111. Q. Can you tell me the remedy?

A. To dispel Ignorance and become wise (Prajna) ...

118. Q. Why does ignorance cause suffering?

A. Because it makes us prize what is not worth prizing, grieve when we should not grieve, consider real what is not real but only illusionary, and pass our lives in the pursuit of worthless objects, neglecting what is in reality most valuable.

119. Q. And what is that which is most valuable?

A. To know the whole secret of man’s existence and destiny, so that we may estimate at no more than their actual value this life and its relations; and so that we may live in a way to ensure the greatest happiness and the least suffering for our fellow-men and ourselves ...

The Sangha

269. Q. What daily routine must he follow?

A. He rises before daylight, washes, sweeps the vihara, sweeps around the Bo-tree that grows near every vihara, brings the drinking-water for the day and filters it; retires for meditation, offers flowers before the dagoba, or relic-mound, or before the Bo-tree; then takes his begging-bowl and goes from house to house collecting food which he must not ask for, but receive in his bowl as given voluntarily by the householders. He returns, bathes his feet and eats, after which he resumes meditation ...

270. Q. Must we believe that there is no merit in the offering of flowers (malapiija) as an act of worship ?

A. That act itself is without merit as a mere formality; but if one offers a flower as the sweetest, purest expression of heartfelt reverence for a holy being then, indeed, is the offering an act of ennobling worship . 

271. Q. What next does the Bhikkhu do?

A. He pursues his studies. At sunset he again sweeps the sacred places, lights a lamp, listens to the instructions of his superior, and confesses to him any fault he may have committed.