The Theosophical Society in America


Theosophical Order of Service Campaign for Kindness

Please join in the TOS Campaign for Kindness

Here’s how it works: the entire year of 2018, becomes a canvas for your acts of kindness, large or small. You can structure it any way you like.

  • Perhaps you join in a community project.. Find one by clicking here.
  • Perhaps you devote a week to carrying a bag on your daily walk, picking up at least one piece of litter per day. Or maybe it's seven pieces per day--whatever is comfortable for you.
  • Maybe you commit to one act of kindness each day during the year, even if it's just making eye contact and smiling at someone, holding the elevator, letting a driver into your lane, sending a comforting thought, etc.
  • Maybe some of your family members or co-workers would like to join you in performing acts of kindness.

The size of the act doesn't matter. What matters is that it comes from your heart and feels genuine to you.

The follow up:

We’re asking that each person who participates send an email by November 15 to TOS Liaison Coordinator Kathy Gann ( to let us know what you did, or even a fraction of what you did. Just a brief note will be fine.

Don't worry about looking like a "credit grabber" because your acts of kindness will be published anonymously. Who knows how many people will see your kindness and think, "I'd like to do that too!" And then your kindness multiplies, and that's the whole idea.

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.

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Joy Mills

Joy Mills (October 9, 1920 - December 29, 2015)Joy Mills

We are sad to announce the passing of Joy Mills at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California at 10:35 am. She served as President of the Theosophical Society in America from 1965–1974, and then as international Vice President in Adyar, India from 1974–1980. During 75 years of membership, Joy taught numerous courses, lectured in over 50 countries and authored several important books. We will miss her keen mind, her insightful teaching, and her example of lifelong dedication to Theosophy.

New Languages in Theosophy Wiki!

WikiOur Theosophical encyclopedia is expanding into French, Spanish, and Russian! Click on to track our progress and learn how to help.





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If you're an Amazon shopper, please support us by shopping through our AmazonSmile account.

Simply go to Amazon through the link below and make your purchases as usual. Amazon will then donate a portion of your purchase price to the Theosophical Society.

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Thank you for your continued support!

A Special Announcement Regarding Quest Books

November 13, 2015, Wheaton, IL. – The publication of our November 2015 release, The Body and Its Symbolism: A Kabbalistic Approach by Annick de Souzenelle, marks the last new title the Quest Books imprint will publish for the commercial market. All Quest Books titles currently in print will continue to be available through the same channels as before and will continue to be reprinted and made easily available for years to come. All Theosophical Publishing House (TPH) titles produced in the US or India will continue to be available. The only change for long-time customers and supporters will be that our annual production of 10 - 12 new books will come to an end.

2015 Parliament of the World's Religions

Salt Lake City, Utah
October 15-19

The Theosophical Society was instrumental in organizing the very first Parliament of the World's Religions, which was held in 1893 where Annie Besant was a keynote speaker. One hundred years later, the Theosophical Society was also involved in the planning for the Centenary, which was held in Chicago. The Parliament of the World's Religions seeks to promote interreligious harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities. The most recent Parliament was held in October 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Representing the Theosophical Society in America were Claradene Wycoff, Peggy Heubel, and David Bruce.

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Watch the 139th International Convention of the Theosophical Society

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The successful and inspiring 139th  International Convention of the Theosophical Society- Adyar has finished. The good thing is that all of us can watch the talks at any time that is convenient Visit this link to see a list of all the talks:

“Theosophy in a Changing World”

International Election Results


On Sunday, April 27, the votes were counted for the election of the new International President of the Theosophical Society. Tim Boyd was elected. He is the TS's eighth president since the Society's founding in 1875. 

Tim Boyd Nominated for International President

Tim Boyd, president of the Theosophical Society in America, has been nominated to run for president of the international TS, headquartered in Adyar, Chennai, India. The position had been vacated by the death of the previous president, Radha Burnier, on October 31.

The nomination was made after the annual meeting of the TS’s international General Council at Adyar in late December. Tim was nominated by fifteen members of the TS’s general council including the general secretaries (presidents) of East and Central Africa, Australia, Brazil, Cuba, England, Finland, France, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the U.S.

Read more: Tim Boyd Nominated for International President

TS Philippines Update

We are trying to get in touch with TS members in Ormoc, Leyte, to see whether we can organize distribution of food and necessities in Leyte. We were informed by Ulysses Lumangtad that the Lumangtad family is all right in Ormoc, but no information on the others. One quick way to help is to purchase goods in Cebu and ship them to Ormoc by boat. We can ask TS members of Cebu to help in arranging the purchase and shipment of the goods, and for Ormoc members to help in distribution. We have already received donations for this purpose.
For others who would like to donate, below is the TOS account number which was posted by Dr. Rosel Doval Santos earlier:

Read more: TS Philippines Update

Buddha Statue

New Buddha Statue on the Grounds of the National Headquarters

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In Memoriam


Radha Burnier, November 15, 1923 - October 31, 2013

On October 31, at 7:30 a.m. CST, Radha Burnier, international president of the Theosophical Society (TS), passed away peacefully in her home at the Adyar international headquarters in Chennai, India. Radha was the seventh International President of the TS and served longer than any other president (33 years). She was elected to the position in 1980 after having served the Society in a number of capacities, including director of the Adyar Library and general secretary (president) of the Indian Section. She joined the TS when she was only twelve years old. She was a third generation theosophist whose father, N. Sri Ram, served as the fifth International President of the TS. Radha will be remembered for her lifelong devotion to the work of the TS, and for her insight and clarity in presenting the theosophical world view to contemporary audiences.

Read more about the life of Radha Burnier


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