The Theosophical
Society in Australia

Brisbane Lodge

Canberra Group

Meets third Saturday of each month from 2 to 4pm

Coordinator: Gordon Herbert
Secretary: Barbara Harrod
Email: [email protected]
Bulletins: Current and previous Bulletins from the Canberra Group can be viewed at:  Canberra Group Bulletins

Meeting place: Friends' Meeting House, 17 Bent Steet, Turner (on the corner of Bent and Condamine Streets)
Meet: 2 - 4 pm 3rd Saturday each month.


2024 Programme


2.00pm     Saturday 20 July

Topic:  Buddhism and Theosophy

Presenter:  Walter Mason

About the Presentation

In this talk, National Speaker Walter Mason will look at the role that Buddhism played right from the very beginning of the Theosophical Society and the personal significance of its philosophy to Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott. We will explore how important the Theosophical movement was in spreading Buddhist ideas in the West, and how early popular works of Buddhist writing in English were connected to the Society.

About the Presenter:

Walter Mason is the author of the travel memoirs “Destination Saigon” and “Destination Cambodia” (both published by Allen & Unwin). He is the vice-president of the NSW Dickens Society and a well-known travel writer and speaker. Walter is also a popular teacher of writing, mindfulness and creativity. As well as leading tours to Vietnam, Walter teaches Cambodian, Vietnamese and Buddhist history. He is a regular lecturer on literary subjects including E. F. Benson, Noel Coward and the travel writer H. V. Morton. Walter has spoken at festivals and conferences around the world and teaches writing and journaling across Australia.



2.00pm     Saturday 17 August

Topic: Stardust to Star - Our evolutionary Path

Presenter:  Dr Wendy Dixon

About the Presentation

We will explore the vast scope of evolution from the Monad’s inhabitation of the first, second and third elemental kingdoms, then the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms and entry into the human kingdom and beyond. What have we learnt in this journey?  How have we learnt, and with the aid of what forces?  What are the main evolutionary impulses of each of the kingdoms of nature and how can we assist the evolution of the life waves that follow us. How do we assist the evolution of the life waves that precede us.

About the Presenter:

Dr Wendy Dixon is a long term member of the Theosophical Society, joining the youth group in Auckland as a 12 year old and becoming a member at 16. She studied with Geoffrey Hodson and Charles Marresh. She is a devotee of the foundational works of Madame Blavatsky, Besant, Leadbeater, Hodson, Krishnamurti and Taimni in particular, though any book will find her unaware of the world outside (she loves to read). In her earlier life, Wendy had an international career as an operatic soprano soloist and she still performs as a recitalist with David Miller - piano. Now that she has retired from paid work she divides her time between Theosophical, Tibetan Buddhist and musical activities.



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