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November 2009

In This Issue
Dining Hall Renovation
Thursday Lectures
TSA National Conference
Orphanage in Tibet
2010 World Congress
Three Objects Posters
Library News

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Various speakers representing the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions. Includes panel discussion with the Interfaith Youth Core. 3 DVDs. (49 minutes)



Richard Brooks

A stimulating discussion on the different ways people approach Truth. (47 minutes)

Check out Quest Books 60% discount on selected Adyar Titles.
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The newly redesigned and expanded
Website of the
Tibet Fund!

Visit us at for our work over the past 27 years toward the preservation of the culture and national identity of the Tibetan people.

Study Guides


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Containing the Universal Theology of the New Church Foretold By the Lord in Daniel VII. 13, 14; and in Revelation XXI. 1, 2 , Swedenborg, Emanuel.
J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 1891. Hard Cover. Rare "Rotch Edition." Overall excellent condition. $35.00


amethyst clusterThe Colita Nicholson bequest has enabled the Capital Funds Campaign to embark on a kitchen and dining room remodeling project. At its completion Olcott will have a kitchen that satisfies the DuPage County Health Department code and a dining room that will be a place of beauty for staff and visitors. The project includes funding for a new stove, ovens, stainless steel work tables and shelving. The remodeled dining and multipurpose area will compliment Jeff's and Michele's cooking, as well as provide a pleasant space for meetings, celebrations, and casual recreation. Nicholson Hall will be a tribute to the generosity of Colita, sister-in-law to Shirley Nicholson who is resident head of Krotona Institute in Ojai, California. The projected completion date is early February, so plan your visits for anytime after that.

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To support this project and others like it, make your donation here.



Past Is Prolog:
The Theosophical Society in the 21st Century

With Betty Bland
Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m.
You can also watch this lecture online!
Webcasting Schedule

Strange Brew: Shamanism in Peru
With Pete Harris
Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m.


April 23 - 25, 2010

This conference will combine lectures and simple movement practices with supportive group work in order to help participants face, forgive, and heal the personal wounds they have suffered from their religions. People of all faiths are welcome!

For registration and information, click here


Chushul Orphanage in Tibet
By Tim Boyd

amethyst clusterIt is with great joy that I report that the building project for the Chushul Orphanage in Tibet has been completed. The project began 2 years ago when Betty and David Bland, who had just returned from the Theosophical Society's pilgrimage to Tibet, presented the idea to the TOS. They had visited the orphanage and raised the initial funds among their fellow pilgrims. The original goal was to raise enough to build new bath and shower facilities for the kids. Last year when the second TSA pilgrimage traveled to Tibet, I was able to visit the orphanage. Read more...


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The 2010 Theosophical World Congress hosted by the Societa Theosofica Italiana will be held in Rome, Italy, July 10-15. Please make your reservations for the Congress with the Summit Roma Hotel prior to booking flights. Remember, summer is high season in Italy. It is a very popular destination and availability at the Summit is limited.
After the Theosophical World Congress in Rome, the Theosophical Society in America is pleased to announce a special week-long tour of Italy. This tour will provide the opportunity to experience the beauty, history, and spiritual heritage of this fascinating country. We will explore art, architecture, ruins, and religious traditions in Rome, Pompeii, Pisa, Assisi, Florence, and Venice!
If you plan to attend this tour, please contact Sydne Griffin for registration and flight reservations (1-800-952-1998 or

Find more information about this tour here.


We have an over-supply of the Three Objects posters, in calligraphy and lovely ornamentation. TPH is offering the posters for the nominal cost of $3.00 each (plus $2.00 shipping) within the United States. Save even more with larger orders!

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Library Programs

Our Wish List contains items that a gift purchaser can obtain from a variety of retailers. It is a list of items the library would like to have available to library users or that may directly benefit the operation of the library. Links to where items can be purchased are available but only as a suggestion. This Wish List offers an additional way in which you can make a contribution to your library.

Olcott Drama Troupe
The Olcott Drama Troupe invites participation in our new acting group at the Theosophical Society in America, in Wheaton. Having recently finished a production of Persephone, a tongue in cheek comedic treatment of the ancient Greek story of how the seasons came to be, we are now working on productions of old-time radio shows such as The Shadow, Lone Ranger, The Jack Benny Show, etc. Interspersed with each show will be live renderings of old radio commercials. We read from scripts, so memorizing lines is not necessary. We perform at The Theosophical Society's own Open Mic
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Soirées, at various celebrations, and at local senior homes (and perhaps soon, hospitals). Join us for the fun! We practice every other Tuesday at 5 pm in the library (or auditorium). No experience necessary.

Contact Dan Smolla: ~(630) 668-1571 x304

"Silence and spaciousness go together. The immensity of silence is the immensity of the mind in which a center does not exist."

 J. Krishnamurti
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