Ageing well

Address at the conference ‘Ageing well Victoria 2022 – Riding the waves of change’ conducted by the Australian Association of Gerontology at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club, 3 June 2022.

. I spend about one hour in meditation every day, and have done so for over 60 years.  It has been invaluable for health of body, mind and spirit. In meditation, I become very still and from this stillness a great energy arises. It is based on a great sense of confidence. I know I am loved. It is a time of peace and joy, of deep awareness and surprise, of discovery and intimacy.  

. I am a Catholic priest and have been profoundly influenced by the Hindu spiritual tradition. This has led to involvement with the different faith traditions of Melbourne. The work of interfaith dialogue with Muslims, and Jews, Hindus and Buddhists, is fascinating and stimulating. I am still involved in it and still feel of use in  developing harmony among peoples.  

. Life, with its up and down, its joys and sorrows, is like painting a picture with all its colours and contours. Old age is like stepping back in wonder at the painting. I acknowledge my life. I consciously choose the good in it and say ‘This is who I am’. I tell my story. Human dignity does not come from wealth or fame but from wisdom and quality of soul.   The greatest form of functionality in old age is to knowingly choose who we have been, who we really are. 

. Old age is not the end of life but rather a staging-post. I see my life in time as the programming of a richer life.  My life is a seed that has been planted and which will bear fruit, somehow, for others as well as for me. It is a positive outlook. I look forward to a happy death, with the peace that comes from forgiving and being forgiven, with the exhilarating prospect of unending joy and love. 

About interfaithashram

Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Roman Catholic Priest, a senior lecturer at MCD University of Divinity, and Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His doctorate is in Sanskrit in the field of Kashmir Shaivism. He is chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and has established a pastoral relationship with the parishes of Lilydale and Healesville. He is the author of 'Abhinavagupta: the Kula Ritual as elaborated in chapter 29 of the Tantraloka', 2003; 'Jesus, the Mantra of God', 2005; 'Vers un tantra chrétien' in 2009; translated as 'Towards a Christian Tantra' in 2009. He has written many articles. He travels to India each year. He lives in an interfaith ashram.
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3 Responses to Ageing well

  1. śrī maccidānanda nātha says:

    Ādeśa – Dearest Father Dupuche,

    My person read through your paper entitled ‘Field work on the Kula ritual in Orissa,’ which you kindly uploaded to Academia.

    In regard to māṃsa, madya and maithuna (the 3 M’s), one would do well to download and read the following English translation of a short text:

    Field work is not the solution to the aenigma of the 3 M’s, more “inner work” is.

    Tenacious enduarance of will in the practice of kumbhaka and meditation will see you through.

    Yours in truth,



  2. śrī maccidānanda nātha says:

    Ādeśa – Dear Father Dupuche,

    Currently reading ‘Śaktipāta and samāveśa in Kaula and Kaula Trika Texts’ (pages 197-237), particularly enjoying reading pages 205-208; and thought you may also appreciate reading the same:

    Click to access Wallis_berkeley_0028E_14665.pdf

    Yours in truth,


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