School of the Wisdom (SOW)

SOW Sessions

The School of The Wisdom is a wonderful opportunity for reflection and inner work. The Adyar environment with rich nature and serene atmosphere helps one to go deep in the important questions of life, and the School of The Wisdom is meant to help in this inquiry.

Event Date(s) Address Event Conductor Summary
Self-Awareness and Awareness
November 18, 2019 - 08:30 to November 29, 2019 - 16:00
Blavatsky Bungalow Adyar, Chennai
Dr Jose Foglia

We will consider the subjects of Homo Lux. The book is an essay making a bridge between neuroscience and philosophy.
The course is designed in a dynamic way depending of the interest and enthusiasm of the audience.
Director: Dr José Foglia MD
Discovering Dialogue - In Freedom From The Known
December 2, 2019 - 08:30 to December 13, 2019 - 16:00
Blavatsky Bungalow Adyar, Chennai
Mr Paul Smith

In this ten day exploration into discovering dialogue, inspired by the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, we will explore the workings of the mind. We will look at how our beliefs, opinions, thoughts and conclusions limit, distort and fragment perception, dividing us from one another and destroying relationship.

Director Mr Paul Smith from UK

Deeper into Meditation
January 9, 2020 - 08:30 to January 22, 2020 - 11:30
Blavatsky Bungalow Adyar, Chennai
Ven. Olande Ananda

In this SOW Session we hope to get deeper into Meditation 

Both the theoretical background, based on the Buddha's original Teachings (Dhamma) and by practical Guided Meditations on a daily basis.

Director Venerable Olande Ananda

Key Teachings in The Secret Doctrine and Their Relevance Today
January 27, 2020 - 08:30 to February 7, 2020 - 15:00
Blavatsky Bungalow Adyar, Chennai
Mrs Elena Dovalsantos

In this course, we will take up some of the important concepts in The Secret Doctrine and see how philosophies from various cultures around the world suggest the same things. We will also look into how theories in modern science are starting to parallel some of the Secret Doctrine claims and explore how the teachings are relevant to our lives.

Director Mrs Elena Dovalsantos

Apply to the SOW


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The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey life ‘from the centre’, which is intuitive awareness. An intense sense of Life must always accompany every true student. 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 message which each tree, flower, animal, meadow, sea, sky, and cloud has, must be listened to and understood.

Timings (may vary due to the course)

Monday to Friday
Meditation: 8.00 to 8.30 a.m.
Classes: 8.30 to 11 a.m. and 3.30 to 5 p.m.
Some afternoons will be reserved for presentations by the students, who may spend free afternoons doing research on their own or at the Adyar Library and Research Centre.  Applications for Library reading/ borrowing cards are available.

All sessions are held in Blavatsky Bungalow, Adyar Campus, Chennai.

Applying to the School

Application Form you find as an attachment from the Session's description. Students may register for all or some of the Scool of the Wisdom sessions in one form, and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen. The form should be sent to:



The Theosophical Society
Secretary's Office
The School of the Wisdom
Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India
Tel: ( +91 44 ) 2491 2474 and 2491 7198


If you need accomodation, please specifically say so in your application, or send the accommodation needs to

Western style: Leadbeater Chambers is not available due to renovation (2019-2020), but if western style is requested, tell it in the form and we'll figure out a suitable house.

NEW QUADRANGLE, Indian style accommodation, bathrooms outside, is basically for Indian participants.

Rates are given on request.


All meals (breakfast+lunch+dinner) will cost Rs.280-300/- per day, according to what you order. Taking only lunch (Rs.100) must be informed the day before. Tea/coffee at 4 pm is Rs.20.

Other information

Scholarships, full or partial, may be provided for some deserving TS workers. Applications should be made well in advance,  providing full details and suitable recommendation.
Those members who wish to stay for the International Convention are requested to register separately, see instructions.