George C. Anderson, 1921–2019


George Charles Anderson passed on July 1, 2019, just days after his 98th birthday. George joined the Theosophical Society in 1969, and was active in the Portland Lodge until a couple of years ago. You may read his obituary here.

A memorial service will be held for George on Wednesday, August 28, at 10:00 AM. Please visit the link above for details.

Astrology • The Importance of Understanding Astrology

Sunday Afternoon Public Programs
April 14, 2:00 PM • Presented by Judith Hill

Why are the “seven branches” of traditional astrology so valuable to humankind? Preventing surgical disasters, planning safe air travel, planting for abundant harvests and solving medical mysteries are all in the day’s work of a highly skilled traditional astrologer!  Surviving centuries of misrepresentation, ridicule and suppression, astrology continues today as a living and venerable science. Today, the field faces both significant new threats and fantastic possibilities!

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The Importance of Meditation

Sunday Afternoon Public Programs
April 7, 2:00 PM • Group study hosted by Lee Haga

Fundamentals of Theosophy: Meditation should not necessarily be equated with concentration, but, instead is a method of gradually opening our higher minds on a daily basis to connect to the One, Unified, Absolute Reality. The main obstacle to achieving realization of our True Self is our day-to-day identification with the impermanent, physical planes of our existence (like our bodies, our emotions, and our cursory, fleeting thoughts) as being “real” or permanent. Please join us for a discussion of the various types of meditation and the importance of its practice.

Lee Haga has been a member of the Theosophical Society in America since 1979, She enjoys moderating group discussions on esoteric topics.

Exploring Life’s Final Journey

Sunday Afternoon Public Programs
March 17 2:00 PM • Presented by Patricia Fulbright

In time each of us will die, arriving at a place defined today by medical and legal benchmarks. Death and dying surround us as the shadow in the cycle of life. In the Phaedo, Plato guides us through a rich dialog of Socrates and friends on the day their teacher faces death. Socrates describes the art of dying as a process of separating the soul from the body and entering Hades, the mythic underworld. This presentation focuses on his art of dying.

Patricia Fulbright has presented courses on mythology and literature at Clark College. She is a lifelong student of Neoplatonic philosophy and ancient Greek literature.

Reincarnation

Sunday Afternoon Public Programs
March 3, 2:00 PM • Group study hosted by Lee Haga

Fundamentals of Theosophy: Several ancient religions, philosophies, and schools of thought, including Theosophy, accept the concept of Reincarnation as a logical alternative to just having one chance, or life cycle, to “get it right” on the spiritual plane. As expressed in the Third Proposition of Theosophy, each of us, as “sparks” of the Divine, must embark on an obligatory pilgrimage, or journey, through many cycles of incarnations in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Continue reading

The Power of Awareness

Sunday Afternoon Public Programs
February 10, 2:00 PM • Presented by Pablo Sender, Ph.D.

Most of us deal with the challenges of daily living by means of physical, emotional and intellectual responses. Although this approach may be appropriate to cope with situations on a practical level, it is rarely able to address the root cause of the difficulties we encounter. But there is a faculty higher than the ability to act, feel and think, which can bring about a fundamental change in ourselves and in society. Continue reading