December 28, 2021
TS Adyar International
Day 3: Symposium, Panel, Interview
In symposium, meditation, panel and interview we will hear members from Belgium, France, Italy, Kenia, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine and Zambia. In between the main slots, we will see short videos of headquarters in Europe and Africa.
- Antonio GirardiGeneral Secretary of the TS in Italy
- Diana van VlotenMember of the TS in Spain
Diana van Vloten became a member of the Theosophical Society of the Arjuna lodge in Barcelona (Spain) in 2005. She is the third generation of theosophists, as both her parents met for the first time during the European World Congress held in Montecatini (Italy) in 1952.
During her early childhood, her family used to go every year to Saanen (in Switzerland) where they would gather to listen to Krishnamurti.
- Julia ShabanovaMember of the TS in Ukraine
- Maria Joao FigueiraMember of the TS in Portugal
Maria Joao Figueira was born in Portugal on the 31 May of 1961, being therefore 60 years old this year (2021).
Chemical Engineer, specialized in Climate and atmospheric environment, she has been working for the past 30 years for the portuguese government in the area of industry control, environment and natural resources policy.
Having had her first contact with the Portuguese Theosophical Society at the age of 17 years, she has since then prosecuted her studies in various areas of theosophical interest, from west to east religions, mythology, psychology and science.
Being a member of the Portuguese Theosophical Society she directs the work of the branch Boa Vontade, located in Évora, where she resides since 2009, and to a new group of studies named Hermes, located in Lisbon, since 2017.
- Nathan CholaMember of the TS in Zambia
- Patrizia CalviMember of the TS in Italy
- Sabine van OstaGeneral Secretary of the Belgian Section
Sabine Van Osta (° 1968) is an active member of the TS since 2001. She became lodge president of the young Antwerp Lodge (Loge Witte Lotus) in 2008, board member of the Belgian Section from 2004 till 2008 as Secretary to the Board and back in the Board again since 2012. At the end of 2013, she was designated General Secretary of the Section. Apart from the organisational work, she also gives lectures and animates study groups in Belgium and the Netherlands on core theosophical themes in Dutch, French and English. She has translated articles of theosophical authors; her own articles were published in various theosophical publications. She has regularly travelled mainly in Europe to attend congresses of other national Sections. In daily life, Sabine works since 1998 full time as assistant to the Company Secretary, in charge for organising corporate meetings on the level of Board and Shareholders. She lives in Antwerp, Belgium with her husband.
- Trân-Thi-Kim-DiêuChairperson of the European Federation of the TS
Trân-Thi-Kim-Diêu joined the TS in 1972. She is a post-graduate in Pharmaceutical Technology. Kim-Diêu is Chairperson of the European Federation of the TS and Vice General Secretary of the TS France.
She has been giving monthly courses at Paris Headquarters since 1987. She has been involved in the work of the European Federation since 1989; she helped to publish several basic theosophical books in various local languages. She re-started the TS activities in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia and Ukraine.
She is the former Chairperson of the Naarden International Theosophical Centre in the Netherlands and the former General Secretary of the French Section. She has been a speaker at many summer schools, seminars, and congresses, the European School of Theosophy and the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California. She has conducted several sessions of the School of the Wisdom in Adyar, India. She worked at Adyar’s international HQ for half a year. She has toured lecturing in New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, and Canada.
Kim-Diêu travels widely in Europe to encourage cooperation and to promulgate the teachings. Her main concern is to promote a new way of living where human beings can be guided by universal ethics and the mystic dimension of consciousness.
- Vipinchandra ShahMember of the TS in Kenya
Vipin Shah is a 71 year old businessman, with varied interests. Microbiologist by training, Vipin is fascinated by science, economics, history, philosophy, and geography. Evolutionary biology, liberal conservatism, mind-boggling discoveries in the quantum realm, eastern and western philosophy and the teachings of Buddha take most of his waking time.
He was drawn to The Theosophical Society almost fifteen years ago and he has given several talks at the Nairobi lodge on esoteric subjects.
He is a Taichi practitioner for over thirty years and is convinced that it has been a major source of his strength. Additionally he is a purist on the benefits of a good diet. His other hobby is reading and collecting rare books. He is also a numismatist with almost a complete collection of German East Africa rare coins.
Day 3: Symposium, Panel, Interview
a. 60 min: SYMPOSIUM
Short views on the topics
Julia Shabanova (Ukraine)
Nathan Chola (Zambia)
Irena Primc (Slovenia) “In Search of the Truth”
5-10 min: Video of headquarters in Europe-Africa
b. 20 min: MEDITATION
c. 60 min: PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE THEME
“Living in the Now: Challenges of the Inner Life”
Sabine van Osta (Belgium)
Vipinchandra Shah (Kenya)
Patrizia M. Calvi (Italy)
Maria Joao Figueira (Portugal)
Diana van Vloten (Spain)
5-10 min: Videos of headquarters in Europe-Africa
d. 20 min: INTERVIEW
Interview about a theosophical book
Sabine van Osta (Belgium) speaks with Antonio Girardi (Italy) about his most influential theosophical basic literature book