The Dhyana Centre is a self-governing branch of the Theosophical Society in England (registered charity number no. 1167737) and operates in accordance with the latter’s general rules and principles. As such it is essentially a members-only group: however membership is not necessary for the Joy of Meditation classes or the OM Healing, the only registration required being that needed to book course places; these sessions are public and freely open to all.
For those wishing to involve themselves in Centre activities beyond the introductory sessions, registration is required and there are two distinct levels: Associate and Member. Associate status is open to anyone who has attended the Centre and is effectively a trial membership; it is free and involves joining the email circulation list as well as giving access to the Dhyana Centre’s lending library and certain restricted-entry sessions. Full Member status is only open to those who have been through one of the Centre’s foundation courses and it also requires fellowship of the Theosophical Society for which a fee of £20 per calendar year is payable. (NB. Please read the notes at the bottom of this page if you would like to know more about the TS/DC relationship).
Associate: click here to download the registration form; please complete and return to the Centre. Alternatively you can register as an Associate by emailing a scan of the completed form. Once registered, there is no need to renew: those who continue to attend the Centre will in due course be invited to upgrade to Membership. Those who stop attending are automatically weeded from the register after a few months of inactivity.
Member: if you are interested in full Membership, please download and print (double-sided) the Theosophical Society application form, either as a Word document or PDF, and return to Alan Perry at the Centre with the appropriate TS fee. [Payment may be made by BACS to: Dhyana Centre 20-96-89 90581526 or by PayPal to: [email protected]. Cheques should be payable to ‘Dhyana Centre’.]
- Both Associate and Member status are at the absolute discretion of the Centre and do not give a guaranteed right of access to any Centre functions.
- Although registration as an Associate is necessary for regular attendees, Membership of the Centre is optional (ie. joining the Theosophical Society is entirely voluntary and not a requirement in order to be active within the Centre. It is perfectly acceptable to remain long-term as an Associate).
- In certain circumstances, conditional Membership may be granted to those who have yet to complete the foundation course.
- An inability to pay the Theosophical Society fee is not a bar to Membership of the Centre; those in financial hardship should mention that fact privately when submitting their application as there is a simple procedure within the Centre to assist those in difficulties.
Monthly programme by email
The Centre sends out a monthly programme to all its registered Members and Associates. If you are not registered but would like to be added temporarily to this mailing list, please email to that effect; you will then receive the Visitors & Enquirers programme for three or four months (after which you will automatically be removed from the list unless you have requested otherwise).
Notes about DC & TS membership
“As a self-governing branch of the Theosophical Society, the DC is essentially a members-only group but it has regular open sessions on Fridays and Sundays when new people can join. Once someone starts coming on a regular basis, I usually ask them to register as an Associate; this is a temporary/trial membership which is free and allows newcomers to assess the DC as well as putting them on the email distribution list.
Anyone who has been to the DC can become an Associate but normally only those who have attended one of the beginners’ courses can become a Member. If an Associate starts coming on a regular basis to any group, then after a while I will usually invite them to upgrade to full Membership. This involves fellowship of the TS itself for which an annual subscription is payable (£20 per calendar year expiring on 30th September; two members of a family joining can claim back 50% off the second membership) and gives the member the full range of TS benefits including access to the TS building, membership of the Memorial Library, discounts on lectures, online access to study materials, biannual magazine ‘Esoterica’, etc.
You should be aware that there are two ways of becoming a fellow of the TS: ‘attached’ or ‘unattached’. Most people join a local TS branch to which they become attached eg. Eastbourne Centre or Bristol Lodge; they then get membership of both the branch and the TS itself. Others who prefer to remain as floaters become ‘unattached’ or National members. Either way, TS fellowship is exactly the same but the difference lies in the branch you are attached to. When someone joins the DC as a Member, they become a member of both the DC and the TS, their subscription being the levy that the TS raises for each ‘attached’ member.
Some DC Members find value in what the TS has to offer but others do not: it’s all a matter of personal taste. However, because the DC is an integral part of the TS, fellowship of the TS is automatic when you become a DC Member and this supports both the DC and the TS in very tangible ways.
However, can I emphasise that fellowship of the TS is not essential in order to take part in DC activities. Although I openly encourage DC regulars to become full Members, it is perfectly possible simply to remain as an Associate. And even as a TS member, it is not necessary to get involved in TS activities if you do not want to.”
Please email me if you would like to discuss further…