Thursday, February 6, 2020

SFTS Lodge Calendar of Friday Evening Events for February-March 2020



[NOTE: Remember our new start times, the Lodge Library opens at 6 p.m. and the weekly Lodge meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.]

Friday, February 7th
 
Extended Library Hours 6-8 P.M. No Formal Meeting. Join Us. Browse the Collection. Sip Tea.
 
Friday, February 14th
 
NO MEETING. Lodge CLOSED. 
Joyous Valentine's Day, Happy President's Day!

Friday, February 21st
Conversations in Theosophy

Friday, February 28th
 
Yoga Nidra
-- John Paul

 
Friday, March 6th
Lodge Video Night: Our Planet
(Episode 5: From Deserts to Grasslands)

Friday, March 13th
Conversations in Theosophy

Friday, March 20th
Yoga Nidra
-- John Paul


Friday, March 27th
The Somatics of Nomadism, The Tao of Wanderlust
-- Kevin McLaughlin

Lenten Sutra Readings: From Ash Wednesday to Good Friday, we will read aloud the Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation and the Diamond Sutra. On alternating Friday evenings. At 6:15 p.m. Starting with the Great Liberation on 2/28/20. Ending with the Diamond Sutra on 4/10/20. This powerful practice was passed down to us by the legendary American sages Joe and Guin Miller. We have adapted it and carried it on for decades now. Join us as all we set deep mystical intentions for the rest of the calendar year.

SFTS Lodge Dharma Message for January-February-March 2020: "Subhuti, You Should Know That ..."

Frontispiece, Diamond Sutra from Cave 17, Dunhuang, ink on paper.
A page from the Diamond Sutra, printed in the 9th year of Xiantong Era of the Tang Dynasty, i.e. 868 CE.
According to the British Library, it is “the earliest complete survival of a dated printed book” (Wikipedia)

Excerpts from "The Diamond Sutra (The Jewel of Transcendent Wisdom)" Translated by A.F. Price


SECTION XII. VENERATION OF THE TRUE DOCTRINE

Furthermore, Subhuti, you should know that wheresoever this Discourse is proclaimed, by even so little as four lines, that place should be venerated by the whole realm of Gods, Men  and Titans, as though it were a Buddha Shrine. How much more is this so the case in the case of one who is able to receive and retain the whole and read and recite it thorough out!

Subhuti, you should know that such a one attains the highest and most wonderful truth. Wheresoever this sacred Discourse may be found, there you should comport yourself as though in the presence of Buddha and disciples worthy of honor.

SECTION XXXII. THE DELUSION OF APPEARANCES

Subhuti, someone might fill innumerable worlds with the seven treasures and give all away in gifts of alms, but if any good man or any good woman awakens the thought of Enlightenment and takes even only four lines from this Discourse, reciting, using, receiving, retaining and spreading them abroad and explaining them for the benefit of others, it will be far more meritorious.

Now in what manner may he explain them to others?
By detachment from appearances-abiding in Real Truth.

So I tell you -

Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:  
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;  
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.

When Buddha finished this Discourse the venerable Subhuti, together with the bhikshus, bhikshunis, lay-brothers and sisters, and the whole realms of Gods, Men and Titans, were filled with joy by His teaching, and, taking it sincerely to heart they went their ways.

Monday, January 6, 2020

REVISED: SFTS Lodge Calendar of Friday Evening Events for January 2020



[NOTE: Remember our new start times, the Lodge Library opens at 6 p.m. and the weekly Lodge meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.]

Friday, January 3rd
 

NO MEETING. Lodge CLOSED 12/27/19 and 1/3/30. 
Feliz Navidad! Happy Gregorian Calendar New Year!

Friday, January 10th

Extended Library Hours 6-8 P.M. No Formal Meeting. Join Us. Browse the Collection. Sip Tea.

Friday, January 17th
Lodge Video Night: Our Planet (Episode 4: Coastal Seas)

Friday, January 24th

Conversations in Theosophy

Friday, January 31st 
Yoga Nidra
-- John Paul

 

Monday, December 2, 2019

SFTS Lodge Calendar of Friday Evening Events for December 2019


Theosophical Society of San Francisco. 2019.

[NOTE: Remember our new start times, the Lodge Library opens at 6 p.m. and the weekly Lodge meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.]

Friday, December 6th
Celtic Fairy Faith: Meeting Our Extraordinary Ancestors
-- Dr. Megan Rose Woolever

Friday, December 13th
Yoga Nidra
-- John Paul

Friday, December 20th
Annual Lodge Solstice/Holiday Celebration
Join Us for Feasting and Singing!

Friday, December 27th
NO MEETING. Lodge CLOSED 12/27/19 and 1/3/30. 

Feliz Navidad! Happy Gregorian Calendar New Year!

NOTE: We will RE-OPEN Friday, January 10th.

Friday, October 25, 2019

SFTS Lodge Dharma Message for September-December 2019: "By the inquiry ‘Who am I?’. The thought ‘who am I?’ will destroy all other thoughts, and like the stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self-realization."




Excerpts from the Pamphlet "Who Am I? (Nan Yar?) Teachings of Bhagavan Ramama Maharshi"   

8. What is the nature of the mind? 

What is called ‘mind’ is a wondrous power residing in the Self. It causes all thoughts to arise. Apart from thoughts, there is no such thing as mind. Therefore, thought is the nature of mind. Apart from thoughts, there is no independent entity called the world. In deep sleep there are no thoughts, and there is no world. In the states of waking and dream, there are thoughts, and there is a world also. Just as the spider emits the thread (of the web) out of itself and again withdraws it into itself, likewise the mind projects the world out of itself and again resolves it into itself. When the mind comes out of the Self, the world appears. Therefore, when the world appears (to be real), the Self does not appear; and when the Self appears (shines) the world does not appear. When one persistently inquires into the nature of the mind, the mind will end leaving the Self (as the residue). What is referred to as the Self is the Atman. The mind always exists only in dependence on something gross; it cannot stay alone. It is the mind that is called the subtle body or the soul (jiva).

9. What is the path of inquiry for understanding the nature of the mind? 

That which rises as ‘I’ in this body is the mind. If one inquires as to where in the body the thought ‘I’ rises first, one would discover that it rises in the heart. That is the place of the mind’s origin. Even if one thinks constantly ‘I’ ‘I’, one will be led to that place. Of all the thoughts that arise in the mind, the ‘I’ thought is the first. It is only after the rise of this that the other thoughts arise. It is after the appearance of the first personal pronoun that the second and third personal pronouns appear; without the first personal pronoun there will not be the second and third.

10. How will the mind become quiescent? 

By the inquiry ‘Who am I?’. The thought ‘who am I?’ will destroy all other thoughts, and like the stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self-realization.

11. What is the means for constantly holding on to the thought ‘Who am I?’ 

When other thoughts arise, one should not pursue them, but should inquire: ‘To whom do they arise?’ It does not matter how many thoughts arise. As each thought arises, one should inquire with diligence, “To whom has this thought arisen?”. The answer that would emerge would be “To me”. Thereupon if one inquires “Who am I?”, the mind will go back to its source; and the thought that arose will become quiescent. With repeated practice in this manner, the mind will develop the skill to stay in its source. When the mind that is subtle goes out through the brain and the senseorgans, the gross names and forms appear; when it stays in the heart, the names and forms disappear. Not letting the mind go out, but retaining it in the Heart is what is called “inwardness” (antarmukha). Letting the mind go out of the Heart is known as “externalisation” (bahir-mukha). Thus, when the mind stays in the Heart, the ‘I’ which is the source of all thoughts will go, and the Self which ever exists will shine. Whatever one does, one should do without the egoity “I”. If one acts in that way, all will appear as of the nature of Siva (God). 

For a free .pdf of "Who Am I? (Nan Yar?) Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi," available from Sri RamanaAshram, follow this link

Friday, October 4, 2019

SFTS Lodge Calendar of Friday Evening Events for October-November 2019




[NOTE: Remember our new start times, the Lodge Library opens at 6 p.m. and the weekly Lodge meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.]

Friday, October 4th
Lodge Video Night: 
Our Planet (Episode 3: Jungles)
With David Attenborough


Friday, October 11th
Baseball's October Planets: 

The Astrology Behind the Crowning of Champions
-- Cesar Lover, Author of "Baseball: An Astrological Sightline"

Friday, October 18th
Yoga Nidra
-- John Paul

Friday, October 25th
NO MEETING. Lodge Closed. Honoring Samhain/Halloween.

Friday, November 1st
NO MEETING. Lodge Closed. Honoring Samhain/Halloween.

Friday, November 8th
The Bard in the Bardo:
Visual and Sonic Echoes of A Dimension Dancer
-- Jonathan Jay Levine

Friday, November 15th
Living the Intuitive Life
-- Ankke Orryn


Friday, November 22nd

Conversations in Theosophy

Friday, November 29th
NO MEETING. Lodge Closed. Joyous Thanksgiving!



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

SFTS Lodge Calendar of Friday Evening Events for August-September 2019

Main Altar, SFTS Lodge
[NOTE: Remember our new start times, the Lodge Library opens at 6 p.m. and the weekly Lodge meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.]

Friday, August 2nd
Extended Library Hours 6-8 P.M. No Formal Meeting. Join Us. Browse the Collection. Sip Tea.


Friday, August 9th
Death Cafe, Opening to the Alchemy of Life
-- Marjory Mejia


Friday, August 16th
Autoethnography of An Eco-Sexual Priestess 
(Part II: Encounters with My Faery Beloved)
-- Dr. Megan Rose

Friday, August 23rd

Yoga Nidra
-- John Paul

Friday, August 30th
NO MEETING. Lodge Closed. Labor Day Holiday.


Friday, September 6th
NO MEETING. Lodge Closed. Labor Day Holiday.


Friday, September 13th
Conversations in Theosophy


Friday, September 20th
The Cauldron of the Dark Goddess, the Secret Engine of the World, the Riderless Horse that Crossed the Himalayas, Legends of the Ancient Future

-- Richard Power

Friday, September 27th
Extended Library Hours 6-8 P.M. No Formal Meeting. Join Us. Browse the Collection. Sip Tea.