Friday, December 25, 2009

100 Years of Blavatsky in Los Angeles

For over twenty years students on the West Coast have been informally gathering on a yearly basis to meet and discuss topics related to the development of Theosophy. Over the past few years these meetings have become very large events. By 2004 a San Diego hotel and conference center was needed to accommodate the event. Since 2009 was also the centenary of the United Lodge of Theosophists, a group of students studying Blavasky’s writings, it was hosted at their historic building in Los Angeles, Theosophy Hall, and partly at the University of California LA campus nearby. From August 6-9 presenters covered a wide range, from Nandini Iyer (mother of the equally famous, Pico Iyer) telling about the work of B.P. Wadia, who spread the ULT aboard, and whom she knew, to panels with various students, including one with Herman Vermeulen, leader of the Theosophical Society, Point Loma, in the Netherlands, Ken Small, and Michael Gomes. Noted in the audience: Dara Eklund and Nicholas Weeks, Jerry Hejka-Ekins, who made the trip from northern California for the day, Will Windham from London, Pierre Wouters and Eva, and the ubiquitous Jerome Wheeler. Next year’s conference will be held in The Hague in the Netherlands.

Program info for 2010 is here.

Jerome Wheeler and Pierre Wouters

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