Our Projects

We have three major projects. The first of these concerns secret books of the Wisdom Tradition. Seeing the evidence for the existence of these books, we wanted to find them. But how does one do this? These secret books, contrary to some popular opinion, do not come from outer space, but in fact are seen to be closely related to the publicly known books of the East. The next step, then, was to assemble these public books in their original languages. This is the second major project. It is clear that if you cannot read the public books, you will not be able to read the secret books when they are found. So the third major project was a school, in which to learn Sanskrit and to study the basic teachings of the Wisdom Tradition.

1. The Book of Dzyan Project

In The Secret Doctrine, by H. P. Blavatsky, a secret book of the Wisdom Tradition was brought out in English translation for the first time. It was given the generic name, Book of Dzyan, meaning Book of Wisdom. Although its original language was described as being Senzar, a secret language, translations of it into Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Chinese were referred to. It is these that we seek. A second secret book came out shortly thereafter, translated as The Voice of the Silence. Its original was there called the Book of the Golden Precepts. The existence of many more secret books is claimed in the Introductory to The Secret Doctrine, and evidence that a considerable number of important ancient books once existed but are now lost is there given. It is our view that until an original language text of the Book of Dzyan is found, thereby showing that the Wisdom Tradition really exists, it will never be taken seriously by the world. Financial support is needed for this ongoing research. Any donations toward this long-term project would be greatly appreciated. Some results of this research can be seen in our book, Blavatsky's Secret Books: Twenty Years' Research, San Diego: Wizards Bookshelf, 1999, and in articles posted on this website.

2. The Buddhist, Hindu, and Jaina Scriptures Collection: Sourcebooks of the Wisdom Tradition

Inspired by the work of Bu-ston, who edited the Tibetan Kangyur and compiled the Tibetan Tengyur, we undertook to assemble the canonical texts of the three spiritual traditions of ancient India: Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Over the past three decades, we have sought out the best editions of these texts in their original languages, and often have tried to obtain all editions, as well as English translations. We regard these scriptures as the joint canon of the Wisdom Tradition that has come down to us. Ancient India was the home of the Wisdom Tradition, from which it spread to other lands. Direct portions of it were preserved in these texts, making them sourcebooks of the Wisdom Tradition. We are happy to supply high quality photocopies of these texts to any who need them, at minimal cost. We hope to make digital scans of our whole collection available in the future. Listings of some of these are found in our Bibliographic Guides on this website. Important new books come out from academic publishers each year that the public never sees, and we actively try to acquire them. We are neither publicly funded nor privately endowed, and any contributions towards this would be gratefully received.

3. A School of the Wisdom Tradition

In Letters on Occult Meditation, by Alice Bailey, the author of these letters, the Tibetan Master D.K., outlined the proposed future schools of meditation. Based on this and the needs of the Book of Dzyan work, we experimented with a curriculum for several years, and then started a school that operated for three years, 1984-1986. This is described in two articles available on this website, "A Curriculum in the Wisdom Tradition," and "On the Future Schools of Meditation." This school ceased due to lack of funds. Such a school requires substantial funding, and unless this requirement is met, it cannot start again. The higher meditations that should be used in these schools have only now become available to the occident via Tibetan Buddhism, which we regard as the latest Hierarchical effort. On this, see: "The Centennial Cycle," and for an example of such meditations, see: "Invoking the Solar Angel: Vajrasattva Meditation in the Ageless Wisdom Tradition." Students of the Bailey books were sorry that Theosophists did not recognize the Bailey work as continuing the same Hierarchical teachings. It is our hope that Bailey students who are now attempting these schools will recognize in these meditations a continuation of the same teachings.

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