Who is John Dupuche?

Rev. Dr. John R. Dupuche was born in 1940 in Melbourne, Australia, to French parents who had come to Australia on business and who were prevented from returning to France by the outbreak of the World War II. The family language and culture was French. During his childhood he travelled many times to France with his family.

On leaving secondary school he entered the Jesuits and completed an undergraduate degree in Scholastic Philosophy. Later, at Melbourne University he obtained an Honours Degree in French and German and went on to complete a Masters Degree in French literature (with a thesis on Citadelle by A. de St Exupery). After a year of training for the Diplomatic Service in the Foreign Affairs Department in Canberra he went on to study theology completing a double degree in theology at Catholic Theological College and at the Melbourne College of Divinity and was ordained priest in 1974. He taught theology for many years at what is now the Australian Catholic University where he was head of the Religious Education Department (at Christ Campus).         During a year’s sabbatical in the California, Italy and Tamil Nadu and with the advice of Dom Bede Griffiths osb and Dom Thomas Matus osb he came in contact with Kashmir Shaivism.

After some years in parish ministry and with advice from Prof. Alexis Sanderson of Oxford he completed a doctorate in Sanskrit with a translation and commentary on Chapter 29 of the Tantraloka by Abhinavagupta, which describes the Kula ritual, an extreme tantric ritual. This was published in 2003 by Motilal Banarsidass.

During this time of study he came in contact with Prof. Dr. Bettina Bäumer whom he accompanied in 1998 on an epic trip to Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. He travels to India each year where he has a house in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha State, south of Kolkata.

He is Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University with special involvement in interfaith relations, and senior lecturer at MCD University of Divinity. He is chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese and member of the executive of the School of Prayer within the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation . He has a doctorate in Sanskrit, specialising in Kashmir Shaivism and is particularly interested in its interface with Christianity. His book: Abhinavagupta: the Kula Ritual as Elaborated in Chapter 29 of the Tantrāloka was published in 2003; Jesus, the Mantra of God in 2005; and Vers un Tantra Chrétien in 2009 (translated as Towards a Christian Tantra). He has written many articles in these fields.

He is president of the Mela Interfaith Assoiation which seeks to develop the dialogue of religious experience.

He has established an interfaith ashram in Warburton with Yogi Matsyendranath, Virati, Nathini, Andy Topor, Dr Herman Roborgh. They represent various traditions: Christianity (Catholic), Nath Yoga, Kashmir Shaivism, Samkhya Yoga, Daoism, Islam.

He has also established a pastoral relationship with the parishes of Lilydale and Healesville where he regularly celebrates Mass.

3 Responses to Who is John Dupuche?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello again,

    I have resumed the mantra, i can’t tell you how many times i have dropped the ball on this one only to pick it up again.

    I have done so partially because as a form of meditation it is the remnant point of contact with my ancestral faith. I’ve seen it said as expressed sentiment “give me what you have except as my own”, for me i could never quite construe the mantra as that.

    Your published works mostly concentrate on KS, but i find your blog posts on Shakta interesting but intellectually confounding i.e. i can’t reconcile it in my own mind with the faith gifted to me which is Catholicism.

    I seem to get something out of the WCCM emails from Laurence Freeman, but find myself dogmatically disagreeing with me nevertheless,

    If you like – mostly for my own sake – i would like to enter private correspondence with you. My own interest, experience and intuit about Shakta Hnduism and related practices.

    Kind regards.


  2. The name used by the Priest at the time of your baptism is sanctified by that act of baptism. However, every name that belongs to a person who lives by the truth is sanctified by the truthfulness of that person. You are baptised not so much into the particular name that was used, but into ‘the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit’ into whom you were baptised. Recite their name above all.
    I am sorry that my books have not been of much help to you. They do spring from my own experience and mean a lot to me. But we each have our own path. You will discover yours, I am sure, because you are following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.


  3. Anonymous says:

    I am Catholic with a Hindu name, I was baptized and confirmed 6 years back.

    Is my given name sanctified by the act of baptism? That is, is it an appropriate tool for meditation?

    I ask because my heritage is Shakta Hinduism, i have found it personally futile trying to adhere to meditation as per your books.


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