connect with International President Tim Boyd 21 May 2019 7.30 pm
A central fact of life is that all living things experience death. For the reincarnating being the experience of death is something that has been repeated countless times. Why then is this common experience so widely misunderstood and feared? The wisdom traditions of the world have long taught means for transforming the ordinary experience of dying into an extraordinary catalyst for spiritual growth. In this talk we will discuss the nature of death and some of the teachings for "practising dying" while still alive.
About the Presenter
Mr Tim Boyd has been serving as international President of the Theosophical Society Adyar since April of 2014. He was born in New York City and lived there for seventeen years until he left to attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. From there he transferred to the University of Chicago, where he was an honours graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs. He joined the Theosophical Society in America in 1974. Together with Bill Lawrence, a TS member and mentor, and others, he founded a Theosophical spiritual community in Chicago’s inner city. The group held classes on the Ageless Wisdom, meditation and healing. They worked with at-risk and disadvantaged youth, transformed vacant lots into award-winning organic food gardens, and placed beehives on the roofs of local buildings. The group formed a business (Royal Associates) that initially focused on reclaiming and renovating deteriorating residential buildings in their area, creating housing for low- and middle-income families. Their work helped stabilize neighbourhoods through the training and employment of local youth and the creation of affordable homes for area residents.
In 1988 Tim became a national lecturer for the TS in America. From 1996 to 2000 he worked in hospice services as a volunteer in a team that involved doctors, social workers and nurses. In 2017 he became president of the Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) USA, and in 2011 was elected President of the TS in America. Tim’s involvement with the Theosophical Order of Service and the Chushul orphanage in Tibet led to an audience with the Dalai Lama, which resulted in the TS in America sponsoring his visit to Chicago in July of 2011 – a two-day event attended by 10,000 people. The event raised $400,000, all of which was donated to educational projects aiding Tibetan communities worldwide. In 2014 Tim was re-elected as President of the TS in America, his term ending in 2017. He was also elected as President of the Theosophical Society, Adyar, in 2014. He currently shares his time between the headquarters of the TS Adyar in Chennai, India, and Chicago, USA where he lives with his wife, Lily, and daughter, Angelique.