United Lodge of Theosophists, London, UK

Online Meetings

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A guide to joining online (or by phone*)

Please email us on info@theosophy-ult.org.uk if you’d like to join the meetings online (or by phone, see at the bottom).

After 15th March 2020 until further notice all meetings will be held by Skype and phone link only, and there will be no physical meetings at the Lodge. You can join by Skype on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays, plus the quarterly Saturday seminar.


SUMMARY OF ALL MEETINGS (UK BST times)

TUESDAYS now finished during the summer, restarts 6th October.

WEDNESDAYS twice a month during the summer, programme here.

SUNDAYS see Sun programme / handouts here.
Talks and study groups from 7 to 8.30 pm.

FORTNIGHTLY “MYTHS & LEGENDS” for children & parents here, on Sunday mornings 11 am to noon.

QUARTERLY SEMINARS see the PDF quarterly programme linked here,
or “Upcoming Events” in the right sidebar >>> They are on Saturdays 3 to 6.15 pm.


 

Joining

Contact us a day before the meeting begins so we can exchange contacts and so you’ll have time to study the texts. You can install Skype here.

We’ll call you 5 minutes before the meeting, please do not call us, the Lodge has to initiate the call.

We recently discovered that Skype does not make a calling / ringing sound for larger groups, so a few minutes before keep an eye out for the call. You should see a green “JOIN CALL” button on the main Skype screen when the calls starts.

Please do introduce yourself when you join for the first time, we are a friendly group, and if you are new to the ULT please read below about asking questions and how the meetings work.

During the meeting

After the meeting starts turn off your camera to minimise distraction and save bandwidth; also it’s best please if you mute your microphone when not talking, so to reduce background noise. Recent reports say that having the video off improves concentration (if one refrains from multi-tasking) and if one remains centred and listens well. The camera and mute functions are at the bottom of the blue, live Skype screen.

At the start of the meeting open the Skype chat box, you’ll see links to any handouts and also comments and questions. The chat box icon is the square speech bubble on the bottom right of the blue Skype screen.

Your participation is welcome, if you have comments or questions wait for a suitable moment, speak clearly and close to your microphone, or send a message via the chat box, but note we may not be able to respond to all of them.

If you drop out during the meeting you should see the green “Join Call” button which will add you back in.

Asking Questions with Perseverance & Patience

ULT meetings are to study the original Theosophical teachings so we ask you to keep on topic and be mindful of this aim of the ULT’s work.

When asking questions wait for a break and address the chairs of the meeting rather than individuals. Be patient with the chairs and other students if they do not have all the answers; the texts are the Teachers so we do best when we interrogate them together and thoughtfully.

Be mindful and stay focused; it will slowly become easier to follow the lines of thought that the texts provide. To study with calmness – and also with patience – creates a sense of purpose and unity.

A friendly but impersonal sense of non-separateness will help open one’s perceptions to the higher metaphysical truths that we try to bring to life in the meetings and afterwards by applying the ideas in daily living.

Thank you for your interest in Theosophy, we wish you many enjoyable hours of fruitful meetings.

You may also wish to read the note on the meetings below.

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A NOTE ON THE MEETINGS

Students are invited to regard our meeting space as a place where we come to study the original doctrines of the Masters and their accredited agents, H. P. Blavatsky, W. Q. Judge, and some others who had been trained to their high standards and understood the teachings and the methods.

We respect individual contributions but it is not the ULT’s mission to host opinions on general theo-philosophical topics; it’s simply a space where we can help each other to learn and apply the perennial Wisdom. All contributions on how to understand and live this sublime and well-proven system are welcome, noting that at the same time we avoid side issues.

It is a great thing to be able to share Theosophy with each other but our constant care is also needed to keep the meetings running along good lines.

This approach comes out of a respect of the lineage of the philosophy, that it is not a product of recent academic or other study but that it has ancient standards and a basis that’s weathered millennia because it is wise in judgement and sustainable in right discipline and compassion.

With patience, mutual support, and your willingness to take as well as give advice, all of this becomes inspiring, helpful, and ultimately transformative. And by the rigour of frequent study and inner contemplation on the original teachings you may find the door that leads to Theo-Sophia, Divine Wisdom.

Questions about what are the original lines of the Masters’ Trans-Himalayan Arhat School and why they matter are at the core of the ULT’s approach and make a valuable study for all. A most illuminating read is the one page on the Ancient Source.

It says in part:

THE Secret Doctrine is the accumulated Wisdom of the Ages, and its cosmogony alone is the most stupendous and elaborate system . . .

No vision of one adept was accepted till it was checked and confirmed by the visions – so obtained as to stand as independent evidence – of other adepts, and by centuries of experiences.  (The Secret Doctrine 1:272)

The text is here, see pamphlet page “1” (in the PDF it is on page 4).

 

* JOINING BY PHONE

The above guidance also applies when joining by phone.

To register you can be in the UK, Europe, USA and many other countries; just send an email to info@theosophy-ult.org.uk or call 020 7723 0688 and please make it at least one day before the meeting.

We will telephone you from our Skype app at the same time as the Skypers, 5 minutes before the meetings.

Landlines are preferred (they have better audio quality and won’t drop out) and if you have a speaker phone it will make it easier for you to listen.

Whichever phone you use, it should have mute function unless you are a very quiet type! Background noise affects the call quality for others.

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[updated 29 June 20]

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