Event Start Date: 
Dec 31 2017 - 08:00 to Jan 5 2018 - 10:30
Event Category: 

Event Theme

From Teachings to Insight: The Altruistic Heart

Convention gives an opportunity for Theosophists to meet friends (old and new) 
from around the world.


Convention Program:

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30 December
3.00 pm                  Order of the Round Table   (Photos)
31 December
8.00 am - 10.00 am  Convention Opening (Video) (Photos)
3.00 pm                  Reception (Photos)
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm    Theosophy-Science Lecture: (Video) (Photos)
                                  "Yoga & Social Cognition: Clinical Applications"
                                      Prof. Gangadhar,
                                      National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences
                                  Introduction by Jacques Mahnich
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm    Ritual of the Mystic Star (Photos)
Other Day 1 Albums:  People, OES, BWC & BMAD, Bats & Full Moon,
                                        Museum & Archive Display Opening
1 January
8.00 am - 9.30 am    Short Lectures (Video) (Photos)
                                  “Looking Within To Reach Out”
                                     Dr Deepa Padhi, International Vice-President, TS Adyar
                                  “Meditation, Self-Study, and the Therapeutics of Speech”
                                     Mr Jonathan Colbert, ULT, California, USA
                                  Introductions by Jenny Baker
9.30 am - 10.00 am   Governor's visit:  (Video) (Photos)
                                  Welcome and Address
                                     Tim Boyd, International President, TS Adyar
                                  Chief Guest:

                                    THIRU BANWARILAL PUROHIT

                                      Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu
                                   with introduction by Mr Pradeep Gohil,
                                     General Secretary, Indian Section 
10.00 am - 11.30 am Indian Section Convention - I (Video) (Photos)
1.30 pm - 3.00 pm    Social Welfare Centre:  (Photos)
                                     Cultural Activities
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm    Besant Lecture: (Video) (Photos)
                                  "Tamil: the Glory of India"
                                     Prof. Lokesh Chandra,
                                        Indian Council for Cultural Relations
                                   Introduction by Tim Boyd
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm    Indian Dance Program: (Video) (Photos)
                                     Bhakti Maargam - Namaargam Dance Group
Other Day 2 Albums:  People
2 January
10.00 am - 11.30 am Symposium: (Video) (Photos)
                                   “Altruistic Work of Today
                                    – in the Footsteps of Annie Besant”
                                      Mrs Padma Venkataraman (Womens India Association),
                                      Mr Vinay Patri (India), and
                                      Mrs Angeles Torra (Spain)
                                  Chaired by Ms Marja Artamaa
3.00 pm - 4.30pm     Panel:  (Video) (Photos)
                                  “Mission, Purpose and Scope of the TS”
                                      Mr Tim Boyd (President),
                                      Mr Vic Hao Chin Jr (Philippines),
                                      Mr Pradeep Gohil (India), Mrs Patrizia Calvi (Italy),
                                      Mr John Vorstermans (New Zealand)
                                  Moderated by Mr Jan N. Kind

5.00 pm - 6.00 pm    Public Lecture:  (Video) (Photos)

                                  "The Great Awakening: Is it all in the Mind?"
                                      Ms Dorothy Bell, Australia
                                  Introduction by Esteban Langlois
7.30pm - 9.00 pm     Renovation Update:  (Video) (Photos)
                                    Blavatsky Bungalow, Mr Nilesh Thakkar, India
                                    Archives and other projects,
                                      Mr Michiel Haas, the Netherlands
                                 Chaired by Mr Tim Boyd, Adyar
Other Day 3 Albums:  People
3 January
8.00 am - 9.30 am    Symposium:   (Video) (Photos)
                                 “What Leads to Insight”
                                      Prof. C. A. Shinde (India),
                                      Mrs Isis de Resende (Brazil),
                                      Mr Gerard Brennan (Australia)
                                 Chaired by Mrs Uma Bhattacharyya
9.30 am - 11.00 am  Indian Convention - II:  (Video)
1.30 pm                  Vocational Training Centre:   (Photos)

3.00 pm - 4.30pm     TOS Symposium:   (Video) (Photos)

                                 “A Life of Active Altruism”
                                    Mr Luke Ironside (UK/Philippines),
                                    Dr Revathy (India),
                                    Ms Nancy Secrest
                                   (TOS International Secretary, USA/India)
                                   Chaired by Mr Birendra Bhattacharyya
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm   Public Lecture:   (Video) (Photos)
                                 "The Heart's Wisdom"
                                    Mr Tim Boyd, International President, Adyar
                                 Introduction by Pradeep Gohil
7.30pm - 9.00 pm    Music Night - Chants:   (Photos)
                                     The Bangalore Cousins
Other Day 4 Albums:  People, Food Halls & IT Lounge
4 January
8.00 am - 9.30 am   Short Lectures:   (Video) (Photos)
                                “The Heart of Theosophy”
                                      Dr Barbara Hebert, USA
                                “There Is No Other”
                                      Mr Pedro Oliveira, Australia
                                Chaired by Mrs Sabine van Osta
9.30 am - 11.00 am  Questions and Answers:   (Video)  (Photos)
                                     Mr Tim Boyd, Mrs Linda Oliveira,
                                     Mr Pradeep Gohil, Mrs Dorothy Bell
1.30 pm - 3.00 pm  Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School:   (Photos)
                                  Cultural Activities and Exhibition
3.00 pm - 4.30pm    Lecture:   (Video)  (Photos)
                                 “The Digital Revolution:
                                     A Challenge to the Theosophical Society”
                                         Mr José Foglia, Uruguay
                                  Introduction by Mr Marcos de Resende
5.30 pm - 8.00 pm    A Play by KFI students:    (Photos)
                                   "The Story of Buddha"
Other Day 5 Albums:  People
5 January
8.00 am - 9.30 am    Convention Closing:   (Video) (Photos)
10.30 am & 3.00 pm   Youth Forum (Photos)
Other Day 6 Albums:  People

YouTube Video Playlist : Adyar Convention 2017, all videos


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Event Status: 
What is provided: 
Great atmosphere




Adyar, TS Headquarters
Blavatsky Avenue
600020 Adyar, Chennai , TN
13° 0' 38.5128" N, 80° 15' 41.7564" E
Tamil Nadu IN

OLD - General info about Convention from 2018-19

N O T E - This is for International Convention, not for Youth Convention


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The 143rd International Convention of the Theosophical Society will be held at the International Headquarters, Adyar, from 31 December 2018 to 5 January 2019.

All members of the Society in good standing are welcome to attend as delegates.
Non-members may send requests to attend, together with a recommendation from an officer of the TS, to the Convention Officer before 25 November.


From 29 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 inclusive


LEADBEATER CHAMBERS (Sharing) Registration with full board
Includes sharing room, mosquito nets, sheets, no blankets,
all meals at LBC dining hall. No reimbursement if one eats at the Canteen.
Note: half rate for children of 3-10 years
Overseas Delegates US$ 360, EUR 310, AUD 490
Indian and Less Developed Countries’ delegates Rs.9,300
INDIAN STYLE Registration with full board
Includes mat/cot or mattress, sheets, all meals at the Canteen.
Note: half rate for children of 3-10 years
Indian and Less Developed Countries’ delegates Rs.2,000
Canteen will be run by the Karnataka Theosophical Federation
If food only is taken at the Canteen
from 30 Dec. (dinner) to 5 Jan. (lunch)
Breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner


All Indian style accommodation is dormitory accommodation – that is, shared accommodation, multiple beds within the same room or hall; no attached bathrooms or toilets; and, no kitchen. No special facilities can be provided for members who are ill or for women with babies. Ordinary medical attention will be available for minor complaints and there are no facilities to treat serious illness. Since accommodation is limited, especially ground floors, preference will be given for very elderly delegates who register early. Accommodation availability will be confirmed by the Convention Officer by email. Specific building / room allotment requests cannot be entertained.


Last date for registration: 1 December 2018.
Cancellation: last date 15 December 2018; payment will be refunded, except the Registration fee. After 12 December there will be no refund of any amount.

Delegates from India: Send Registration form with the details, along with the package charges, to the Convention Officer before 1 December 2017. Remittance by crossed cheques or bank drafts should be made payable to The Theosophical Society. If making online transfers, it is essential to communicate by email to CO, the following details: delegate(s) name, Bank name, amount, date of transfer and transfer reference number.

Overseas delegates: Make sure you take travel insurance. Send the Registration form preferably by email. Payment on arrival in foreign currency is accepted. Master Card and Visa credit cards are accepted. Master Card and Visa credit cards are also accepted. If payment is being made by online bank transfer, then make sure that the purpose of payment is marked “donations” and an email is sent to CO with the following details: delegate(s) name, Bank name, amount, date of transfer and transfer reference number.

Convention Officer, email tsadyarconvention@gmail.com or
The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India



  1. LBC: Overseas delegates    USD 360*    Includes registration fee, meals at LBC Dining Hall, accommodation sharing, sheets mosquito nets
  2. LBC: Indian delegates        Rs.9,300      Includes registration fee, meals at LBC Dining Hall, accommodation sharing, sheets mosquito nets
  3. INDIAN STYLE:                 Rs.2,000      Includes registration fee, meals at Canteen, accommodation - sharing/dormitory, mat/cot or mattress, sheet

Note: half rate for children of 3-10 years                                                                                                                                           * or 310 EUR or 490 AUD


When paying via Bank, kindly email to tsadyarconvention@gmail.com
It is important that you print the receipt of the transfer and show it at the Enquiry Office at Adyar.

For Abroad money transfer

Request the Bank account information from the Convention Officer, tsadyarconvention@gmail.com

For Indian money transfer

Account name:        The Theosophical Society
Bank Name:             Indian Bank
Branch, address:      41-42, First Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
SB a/c number:       4396-20551
IFS Code:               IDIB000A002