The Neuroscience of Meditation

Event Start Date: 
Nov 21 2016 - 08:00 to Dec 2 2016 - 05:00
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom

Event Theme

School of the Wisdom Session

The transforming power of yoga and meditation and their application in life is going to be explored with the help of Vedic texts, exposure to different meditative practices, and the latest medical imaging. This study will provide objective evidence for the neural and biological basis for meditation. It will establish meditation as the ground of creativity, happiness, and health, while the understanding of hypnosis will remove any bias against it.

Increased exploration of meditation as a scientific physiological process will provide an insight into the biological basis for consciousness. Such an understanding will facilitate the application of meditation and hypnotherapy for treating various diseases, including psychiatric disorders.

Exposure will be provided to various meditative practices such as Mindfulness Meditation, Vipassana, Transcendental Meditation and other practices derived from Kashmir Shaivism. The practice of Yoga Nidra may be taught.


Morning sessions 8:30 – 11:30 am

21/11/ 16             Human Brain – Structure and Functions
22/11/16              Transformation through Meditation
23/11/16              Neuronal circuits during Meditation
24/11/16              Meditative Practices; Various Schools
25/11/16              Happy Molecules in Meditation
28/11/16              Meditation in Ancient Indian Scriptures
29/11/16              Radiographic Imaging and Gene expression Studies on Meditation
30/11/16              Meditation and Stress Relief
1/12/ 16               Meditation for Creativity and Happiness
2/12/16                Collating Self-hypnosis and Meditation

Afternoon sessions 3:30 to 5:00 pm

There are 2 sessions by Dr. M. Srinivasan
21/11/16              "All About Nothing : Physics and the Akashic Field".
28/11/16              Remote Viewing, Global Consciousness project, Occult Chemistry, and William Tillers Thought implantation experiments inspired by Leadbeater

Dr. Kathryn Rossi will engage 2 sessions on Creating Consciousness and Creativity.

Rajni Vyas and Bhaskar Vyas:  Road Map to Patanjali Yoga: Six Sessions


Dr Bhaskar Vyas and Dr Rajni Vyas, are medical specialists in the fields of plastic surgery and obstetrics and gynecology respectively. A versatile scientific training has enabled them to advance understanding of Patanjali’s Raj Yoga as well as Vajrayana practice. They have published dozens of papers and made presentations in the subjects of their primary specialization as well as on hypnotherapy and meditation.
Their study extends from J. Krishnamurti’s writings, Zen practices, Kashmir Shaivism and transcultural varieties of religious experiences. As medical doctors they are involved in the spiritual aspects of healing arts and teach these as a scientific tool in forms of mediation.

Event Status: 
What is provided: 
Accommodation is provided during the event duration. Meals are optionally provided. Sign up for it separately


The Neuroscience of Meditation


Adyar, Blavatsky Bungalow
Blavatsky Avenue
600020 Adyar, Chennai , TN
13° 0' 37.9728" N, 80° 16' 5.0376" E
Tamil Nadu IN


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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.