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Leeds Theosophical Society
Promoting understanding and respect for spiritual lifestyles in the Leeds Area
12 Queen Square, Leeds LS2 8AJ
(Near the Merrion Centre)

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A branch of the Theosophical Society in England (www.theosophicalsociety.org.uk)

Programme of Meetings

All Sunday Lectures are Free of Charge and commence at 2.30 pm
and held at 12 Queens Square, Leeds LS2 8AJ


Sunday 28th January 2018 - 2:30 pm
"Jainism: An Environmental Philosophy?"
Dr Aidan Rankin

[Dr Aidan Rankin] In the West, the most popular image of the Jain is the white-clad ascetic sweeping the ground before him with a small broom in order to avoid damage to even the most infinitesimal forms of life. This is widely interpreted as evidence that Jainism is a ‘green religion’, the primary purpose of which is to protect the environment. However the ascetic’s actions have little, if anything, to do with the environment and more to do with the ultimate goal of liberation (Moksha), which involves the transcendence of worldly and physical constraints.
For Jains, the environment is part of Dharma, the working of the universe. The concept of Dharma encompasses spiritual practice, science, art, ethics and practical rules for daily life including professional and business activity. It is in these guidelines for lay men and women, rather than the extreme behaviour of ascetics, that we find a scientific understanding of nature and the interconnectedness of all life. Careful action, limits to growth and living as lightly as possible are all concepts familiar to western environmentalists. However, in exploring the apparent contradictions between the ‘other-worldly’ and the ‘nature-centred’ aspects of Jainism, we should avoid superimposing western assumptions on a distinctively Indian tradition.

Dr Aidan Rankin is an independent scholar and property consultant, with a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics. He has written four books on Jainism: The Jain Path: Ancient Wisdom for the West; Many-Sided Wisdom: A New Politics of the Spirit; Living Jainism: An Ethical Science, with Professor Kanti V. Mardia (all published by John Hunt Books) and most recently Jainism and Ethical Finance, with Atul K. Shah (published by Routledge). His fifth book, Jainism and Environmental Philosophy: Karma and the Web of Life, will be published by Routledge in 2018. Aidan is also the author of Shinto: A Celebration of Life (John Hunt Books) after studying the indigenous religion of Japan with Paul de Leeuw of the Japanese Dutch Shinzen Foundation. He is a member of the Theosophical Society in England and has served on the National Council. Aidan lives with his partner Brian in south-west London.

Sunday 11th February 2018 - 2:30 pm
"Brain Waves and Mantras"
Finian Heavey

[Finian Heavey]

Finian Heavey is the President of Nottingham Theosophical Society and a National Leceturer for the Theosophical Society in England.

Sunday 11th March 2018 - 2:30 pm
Teresa Keast

[Teresa Keast] By standing in the light of our soul there is much we can do to maintain our equanimity and make a difference in challenging times.

Teresa Keast is a National Speaker for the Theosophical Society in England and the previous Secretary and Treasurer of Chester Theosophical Society.  She is a single mum of four and works as a Yoga and Meditation teacher and Therapist as well as writing and talking on various aspects of spirituality. Teresa brings to all her work a very keen focus on the understanding and practical application of theosophical concepts in our everyday life and how this enables us to make a difference.

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