SFTS Lodge Photo Gallery

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One picture is worth a thousand words," or so the saying goes. There are over five hundred pictures (and counting) in this collection, but they are worth more than almost five hundred thousand words.

Indeed, their worth is beyond what can be expressed in words -- however many are used, and however well they are chosen. These photos capture love revealing itself to itself over and over again, in innumerable forms and incalculable ways.

You will find images of Joe and Guin, and their many friends, on the "Walk" in Golden Gate Park, at the SFTS Lodge, and elsewhere. If you spent time with Joe and Guin, you will probably see yourself or some of those you will remember.

The faces of hundreds of people who loved Joe and Guin are included here, there are hundreds more we don't have images of -- yet.

Welcome to the online home of the San Francisco Theosophical Society (SFTS) Lodge. Namaste!

The Theosophical Society was founded in New York on November 17, 1875.

The SFTS Lodge was founded on August 10, 1901.

The Motto of the SFTS Lodge is ...

No Religion Higher Than Truth, No Power Greater Than Love

We share Three Avowed Objects with members of the Theosophical Society throughout world. See also: Theosophical Society Seal and Motto and Mission Statement of Theosophical Society in America.

Friday Night Conversations in Theosophy

Every Friday evening at 8:00 pm, we hold “Conversations in Theosophy,” in which the world’s great mystical traditions, including Buddha Dharma, Vedanta, Christianity, Shamanism and Theosophy itself are explored through personal experience, scientific research and the study of sacred texts. We also hold monthly meditations for planetary compassion and healing.

SFTS Journal

The SFTS Lodge Journal offers a glimpse into the life of this center, including recordings of select Friday night presentations, poems and essays contributed by Lodge members, and even the minutes from a Lodge meeting one hundred years ago. Enjoy.


One life. One love. One planet. One global wisdom tradition into which all the world's great spiritual traditions flow like rivers into the sea.

The SFTS Lodge's quarterly Dharma Message is draw from the rich, diverse treasure trove submerged in the depths of this luminous sea.

Dharma Message 2013


Everything lives and perishes through magnetism; one thing affects another one, even at great distances, and its “congenitals” may be influenced to health and disease by the power of this sympathy, at any time, and notwithstanding the intervening space. (Isis Unveiled, Vol. I, Chapter VII)

What is imagination? Psychologists tell us that it is the plastic or creative power of the soul; but materialists confound it with fancy. The radical difference between the two, was however, so thoroughly indicated by Wordsworth, in the preface to his Lyrical Ballads, that it is no longer excusable to interchange the words. Imagination, Pythagoras maintained to be the remembrance of precedent spiritual, mental, and physical states, while fancy is the disorderly production of the material brain. (Isis Unveiled, Vol. I, Chapter IX)

When science shall have effectually demonstrated to us the origin of matter, and proved the fallacy of the occultists and old philosophers who held (as their descendants now hold) that matter is but one of the correlations of spirit, then will the world of skeptics have a right to reject the old Wisdom, or throw the charge of obscenity in the teeth of the old religions. (Isis Unveiled, Vol. I, Chapter XV)

Quantum Non-Locality and You

The SFTS Lodge’s Science Officer, Dr. Jeff Curtis leads us in an exploration of the great Quantum Theory debate between Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein, and how very relevant it is to where we all are today …

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Savor (Meditation)

Kim Nicol (http://kimnicol.com) leads Savor meditation … Listen, and journey with us …

Mountains of Fragrance

Author, actor, meditation teacher Michael Disend delivers a spell-binding talk on his life’s journey into the Heart of Zen …

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Peggy Tahir shares her life’s rich experience in meditation.

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Clear Light


In this charming talk, David Thompson shares some common sense insights on meditation …

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Lenten Meditation: Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation & Diamond Sutra

Lenten Readings:

As we did last year for the twentieth anniversary of Joe and Guin Miller’s passing, this year we will do Lent Lite! The Great Liberation will be read at 6:30 a.m. on Ash Wednesday (2/13) and Good Friday (3/29) ONLY.

Every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., starting on Friday, 2/15, and ending on Friday, 3/29, we will alternate readings of the Great Liberation and Diamond Sutra.

Please join us for this profound meditation practice.

The Beauty Way

Mary Kamadulski on The Beauty Way (February 2013)

A remarkable presentation from Mary Kamadulski, offering profound spiritual insights on the path of Beauty, along with compelling performance art (including the world premiere of the Coyote Choir).

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Dharma Message – 2013

Saint Hildegard of Bingen – Cultivating the Cosmic Tree, Plate 7, Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen

In her hymn, O ignis Spiritus Paracliti, the great Saint Hildegard of Bingen exclaimed:

Oh fire of the Holy Spirit,

life of the life of every creature,

holy are you in giving life to forms…

Oh boldest path,

penetrating into all places,

in the heights, on earth,

and in every abyss,

you bring and bind all together

From you clouds flow, air flies,

Rocks have their humours,

Rivers spring forth from the waters

And earth wears her green vigour

NOTE: For more on Hildegard’s vision of Viriditis (“Greeness”), the “very expression of Divine power on Earth,” which she saw as “penetrating every aspect of life,” read Stephanie Roth’s Cosmic Vision of Hildegard of Bingen in The Ecologist, Vol. 30, No. 1, January-February 2000.


More on Consciousness, Quantum Physics and the Nature of the Universe

Dark Energy and Dark Matter

As noted in previous posts, we are, grateful that the Third Avowed Object, “To explore the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in …” is alive and well in City of the Golden Gate.

In this 1/18/12 talk titled, Dr. Jeff Curtis reports on some of the latest scientific research.

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Some Related Posts

More Scientific Progress Towards a Glimmer of a Hint about Consciousness

Report on “Toward A Science of Consciousness 2012″

Dr. Jeff Curtis: Measurement, Meaning and Mind (11-11-11)

Jack Sarfatti on Our Once and Future Holographic Universe (SFTS Lodge, 7/30/10)

Celebrating the Third Avowed Object – Jeff Curtis Reports on Tuscon 2010 Consciousness Conference

Dr. Jeff Curtis: More Developments in Quantum Theory & the Nature of Consciousness (1-29-10)