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Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles: Wisdom Literature and Esoterica at the P...

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Philosophical Research Society

3910 Los Feliz Blvd

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Truth seekers unite! Join us on an exclusive visit to the Mayan-inspired, historic headquarters of the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) to explore the unique collections of its extensive library.

The library, designed by renowned architect Robert Stacy-Judd, was built in 1935. Its collection grew book by book, building on the great truths of illuminated thinkers such as Pythagoras, Plato, Buddha, Confucius, Hermes, Aristotle, Jesus and Mohammed—along with other prophets and sages—and featured complementary studies such as alchemy, freemasonry, and all manner of esoteric phenomena. Founder and indefatigable wisdom scholar Manly P. Hall traveled the world over to uncover secret texts and art objects worthy of the library’s storied caliber.

During our private visit, we'll be guided through the collection by Dr. Greg Salyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Philosophical Research and Philosophical Research Society and PRS Librarian Cathy Willis, MLS, who will also grant us access to the famed PRS Special Collections.

Joining us will be Mitch Horowitz—author of Occult America and thought leader on mysticism, esoterica, and humankind's search for meaning. Visiting from his home base of New York City, he'll treat us to a private talk entitled Literature of the Arcane: Reading as a Transformational Experience.

We'll leave plenty of time for questions before we part ways. Ticketed guests are welcome to stay and attend Horowitz's public lecture on Manly P. Hall's The Secret Teachings of All Ages, which will be held later that evening in the PRS auditorium from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Finally, we'll also be joined by PRS Artist-in-Residence and Curator David Orr, who will give a brief tour of the PRS Art Gallery's current group exhibit "The Unified Field."

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  • Due to adult content, this event is recommended for ages 18 and up.
  • PRS is dedicated to being a place for learning and for “drawing out” (as in the original sense of “educate”) the wisdom that lies within all traditions and all human beings. It is non-partisan and does not endorse any one particular tradition or person.
  • Please be respectful of your surroundings and of beliefs that may be different from yours.
  • Public access to the PRS library is limited to Tuesday nights and Fridays, or throughout the week by appointment. This event has been specially curated for the Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles to provide our guests with a one-of-a-kind experience.
  • Guests may arrive early to visit the PRS Bookstore, where items will be for sale.
  • Each attendee will receive a complimentary gift (an artwork reproduction by famed illustrator J.A. Knapp from The Secret Teachings of All Ages).
  • Photography encouraged! Tag @atlasobscura #atlasobscura

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Email Erin Johnson at erin@atlasobscura.com.

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