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A guide to joining online (or by phone*)
Please email us on email@example.com 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 (currently online/phone only, UK times)
TUESDAYS see Tues/Weds study schedule here.
Dhammapada & The Key to Theosophy from 7 to 8.15 pm.
WEDNESDAYS see Tues/Weds study schedule here.
It has been changed to The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2. from 7 to 8 pm.
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.
Please contact us at least one day before the meeting begins so we can exchange contacts and give you some time to read the study texts.
We’ll then call you 5-10 minutes before the meeting, please do not call us as the Lodge initiates the call. As of May 2020 there is no ringing sound for group calls of this size but you will see a green “Join Call” button appear on your Skype screen when we make the call; just click on that to answer and enter. Do introduce yourself when you join, we are a friendly group. If you are new to the ULT the meeting guidance is at the bottom of this page.
When the meeting starts, turning off your camera will minimise distractions and reduce bandwidth. If you are unable to answer the call or if you drop out after joining, just go to your Skype home screen, click “join call,” and you’ll be automatically added back in.
In the Skype chat box you’ll see links to any handouts and also to others’ comments and questions. The icon to open the chat box is a square speech bubble on the bottom right of the main blue Skype screen.
Participation is welcome, if you have a comment or question wait for a suitable moment, speaking clearly and close to your microphone. You can also send typed messages via the chat box, although we may not be able to read and respond to all the typed comments. We ask you to keep on topic and be mindful of the aims of the ULT’s work.
To reduce background noise when not talking, please keep your microphone muted. You’ll find the mute function at the bottom of the Skype screen, the small microphone symbol with a diagonal line through it.
Thank you for your interest in Theosophy, we wish you many enjoyable hours of fruitful meetings.
* JOINING BY PHONE
Much of the above applies when joining by phone.
To register you can be in the UK (or many other countries), just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7723 0688 and please make it at least one day before the meeting.
We will phone you from our Skype app at the same time as the Skypers, 5-10 minutes before the meetings.
Landlines are preferred (they have better audio quality and won’t drop out) and speaker phones will make it easier for you to listen.
Whichever phone you use, it should have mute function unless you are a very quiet type! Any background noise affects the call quality for others.
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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 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 contemplation on the original teachings you may find the door that leads to Theosophia, 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 (here, page “1”, PDF p. 4). 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)
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[updated 12 May 20]
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