Category Archives: Christian tantra

Sabbatical, 1987, California, Italy, Egypt, India,

Most Rev. T.F. Little, Archbishop of Melbourne, Diocesan Centre, EAST MELBOURNE Longwood, 31 December, 1987 Your Grace, My year of study leave has now drawn to a close. It is appropriate that you should receive a brief report on the events and on the … Continue reading

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Launch of ‘Enlightenment and Tantra, Hindus and Christians in Dialogue’, 6 May 2019, at the Gregorian University, Rome

On 6 May 2019 at the Gregorian University, Rome, I launchd the book Enlightenment and Tantra, Hindus and Christians in Dialogue.             (Bryan Lobo SJ ed.) Documenta Missionalia 39.                   … Continue reading

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Mutual Enrichment: Meditation in Tantra and Christianity

  Mutual Enrichment: Meditation in Tantra and Christianity Lecture given at the Australian Meditation Conference, Australian Catholic University 21 July 2108 Introduction Mindfulness develops attentiveness in every way. It breaks down the silo effect which keeps different traditions apart. This paper … Continue reading

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LES CHAKRAS ; UNE EXPLICATION CHRÉTIENNE Jean-Robert Dupuche jeandupuche@gmail.com http://www.johndupuche.com Je tiens à remercier Prof. Jean-Marie Gueullette, Directeur, Centre Interdisciplinaire d’Éthique, Lyon Catholic University, de m’avoir invité à rédiger ce texte. TABLE DES MATIERES Introduction Les six chakras Sur la source … Continue reading

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Anything goes! Tantra.

Anything goes? Tantra. A question was put to me: “In tantra, can any action be a means to union with the divine….”  Here are some thoughts. Tantra, and particularly the Kaula tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, speak of the chakras which open … Continue reading

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“I am” – “I am this”

“I am” and “I am this” A.     The teaching of Kashmir Shaivism. Kashmir Shaivism distinguishes between “I am” (aham), which is the unlimited divine consciousness and ahamkāra, which is the consciousness of the individual who is limited in time … Continue reading

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Index to Tantric homilies, Year C – poetic,

Index to         Tantric homilies, Year C – poetic, 1995 HOLY SPIRIT – FAITH, PROPHET INCARNATION Preparation Purposes of God                    – Prolegomena                         – Causes of the incarnation    – Realisation Incarnation                            – Role of Mary                         – Mother of God a … Continue reading

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Tantric homilies, Year C – poetic

C, Mary, Mother of God a                           Mother of the Church As for Mary, she treasured all things things and pondered them in her heart.     Luke 2.19 Spirit! You brooded over the deep                                     and the world … Continue reading

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Index: Tantric homilies, Year B – poetic

Tantric homilies, Year B – poetic 1993/1994 INCARNATION Preparation The purposes of God B, Advent 1                            Jesus returns B, Advent 1                            Jesus is Lord Prolegomena of the Incarnation B, Advent 2                            Christ and the Angels B, Advent 2                            Jesus the … Continue reading

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Tantric homilies, Year B – poetic

B, Advent 1 a                                                            Jesus returns  So stay awake, because you do not known when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn.            Mark 13.35 When will you return, Master, from your travels, whom last we saw … Continue reading

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Sabbatical, 1987, Report to Archbishop Little

Most Rev. T.F. Little,  Archbishop of Melbourne,  31 December 1987, Your Grace, My year of study leave has now drawn to a close. It is appropriate that you should receive a brief report on the events and on the value … Continue reading

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Empowerment in Christianity and Kashmir Shaivism: the interplay of Spirit and kuṇḍalinī

Empowerment in Christianity and Kashmir Shaivism: the interplay of Spirit and kuṇḍalinī Rev. Dr. John Dupuche: MCD University of Divinity; Australian Catholic University; Catholic Interfaith Committee (chair)     jeandupuche@gmail.com      www.johndupuche.com Abstract The role of the Spirit in the Christian tradition is at once powerful, … Continue reading

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Year B

B, Advent 1                                              Jesus returns                                                      “The master of the house is coming.”       Mk 13:35 Come back! You had already come once in time, bringing joy, revealing depths we had not imagined, and bringing … Continue reading

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Verses 52-53, consuming all by fire

Vijñānabhairava-tantra, verses 52-53   consuming all by fire  “One should focus on one own ‘fortress’ as though it were being consumed by the Fire of Time rising from the foot; then, finally, the peaceful state will arise.” (52) कालाग्निना कालपदाद् … Continue reading

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“Renewing Christian Anthropology in Terms of Kashmir Shaivism”,

The following article John Dupuche was published in Theology@ McAuley, E-Journal, Australian Catholic University, 2004 “Renewing Christian Anthropology in Terms of Kashmir Shaivism”. Rev. Dr. John Dupuche was Pastor of Nazareth Parish, Ricketts Point, Melbourne. He is senior lecturer at the … Continue reading

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Vijñānabhairava-tantra, V. 35, meditating on the the void in the central channel (suṣumnā)

Vijñānabhairava-tantra śloka 35      the void in the central channel (suṣumnā) “The central channel stands at the centre like the stem of a lotus. By meditating on this space within, the God shines forth, because of the Goddess.” मध्यनाडी मध्यसंस्था बिससूत्राभरूपया। … Continue reading

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Vers un tantra chrétien : aventures et découvertes

En somme, par sa richesse le tantra chrétien ouvre d’innombrables voies à la réflexion théologique. Vers un tantra chrétien : aventures et découvertes  Papier présenté à la Conférence d’ACFAS, Montréal, Canada Introduction : « ‘Un tantra chrétien’ ? Impossible ! ». Peut-être. Il se peut aussi … Continue reading

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“Ageing, spirituality and sexuality – an oxymoron?”

“Ageing, spirituality and sexuality – an oxymoron?” Conclusion:    Age is no barrier to sexuality; on the contrary in virtue of life’s experience, sexuality acquires its most overwhelming intensity. There is no oxymoron in combining age, sexuality and spirituality. On … Continue reading

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Starting from sexual intercourse and arriving at the heart. Tantrāloka chapter 5 verse 71.

Starting from sexual intercourse and arriving at the heart. This text from Kashmir Shaivism examines brilliantly the progression from the outer to the inner, from the particular to the universal, from the particular woman to the universal feminine.  Tantrāloka chapter … Continue reading

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SHE: the Virgin Mary and the Goddess Kālī

SHE:    the Virgin Mary and the Goddess Kālī What has Kālī to do with Mary of Nazareth? How can the beneficent, the fearsome goddess of India lead to an appreciation of Mary the Virgin, the Woman, the Mother of God? … Continue reading

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Prāṇa and Spirit

Subtle breath (prāṇa) and Spirit “Thus by focusing on the breath and its natural recitation, haṁsa, there is an increasing sense of enrichment and empowerment, giving and receiving every fullness in heaven and on earth. This is the divine state, … Continue reading

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Kashmir Shaivism and Christianity, commentary on Śiva Sūtras 1.1, 2.1, 3.1

Kashmir Shaivism and Christianity, The Śiva Sūtras are the foundational text of Kashmir Shaivism. The opening phrases of each of its three chapters are themselves the foundation for the Sūtras. How do they relate to Christianity? The conclusion is that consciousness, … Continue reading

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Chakras – a Christian interpretation

Chakras – a Christian interpretation The chakras are energy centres in the body. They can be activated to produce extraordinary results. They have many meanings. There are many names and versions. Here is an Christian interpretation of the significance of these … Continue reading

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Ma découverte du Shivaïsme de Cachemire.

Ma découverte du Shivaïsme de Cachemire. Ce fut un long voyage. Quand je suis entré au séminaire tout semblait simple et bien en ordre. Mais une semaine auparavant, Jean XXIII annonça sa decision de convoquer le Deuxième Concile du Vatican. … Continue reading

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Discovering Kashmir Shaivism.

Discovering Kashmir Shaivism. It has been a long journey. When I first entered religious life all seemed clear and set. Only one week earlier, however, John XXIIII announced his decision to call the Second Vatican Council. The years that followed … Continue reading

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Introductory note to the poems to the Goddess

Introductory note This introductory note may help place the following poems in their context. The Sanskrit term bhāvanā has several interrelated meanings, which all derive from the same root BHŪ. causing to be, imagining, thought, contemplation Connection is made between … Continue reading

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“Something exotic: the contribution of Kashmir Shaivism” to the document Woman and Man: one in Christ Jesus. 2001

“Something exotic: the contribution of Kashmir Shaivism” to the document Woman and Man: one in Christ Jesus.[1] John R. Dupuche Australian Catholic Theological Association Conference, Sydney, 2001. Synopsis The feminine has always been portrayed in the Bible whether as the … Continue reading

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Masculine and feminine concepts of deity: the contribution of Kashmir Shaivism, Monash University 2001

Masculine and feminine concepts of deity: the contribution of Kashmir Shaivism  Paper delivered at the Conference ‘A Biblical Odyssey’ Monash University 2001 Synopsis ”The Hebrew prophets successfully opposed the crude hierogamies of Canaan but in eliminating the image of the … Continue reading

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V. 31 contracting the eye-brow centre

Verse 31        Vijñānabhairava-tantra,   contracting the eye-brow centre “He quickly permeates [his being] with the [subtle-breath] right up to the crown of the head; [then] breaking through [this spot] by using the contraction of the eye-brows as a bridge, his mind … Continue reading

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Poems to the Goddess, 2015

1 January, 2015, Thursday, 9 am How should I describe you, what words tell you from the Word, for you escape every halting phrase and call forth exclamation? Words seek you and cannot seize you. And you hide so that … Continue reading

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Poems to the Goddess, 2014

18 January 2014, Saturday, Melbourne It is one thing, O goddess, for the world to be created and to reveal therein the glory of its Creator. It is quite another to be given and to be received and therein to … Continue reading

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Poems to the Goddess, 2013

2013, March 15, Friday 7am Yes, at times I am full of confidence and take you, Kālī. At other times, at the same time, I tremble with anticipation: will you want me or not? For you are free and you … Continue reading

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2010, Christianity as Paradox

The Dialectic of Paradox and Knowledge School of Philosophy, Spring Symposium 21 November 2010, Tourists to Greece are sometimes led through a grove of trees just outside a monastery on one of the hills surrounding Athens. The play of light … Continue reading

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Verse 46 becoming Void

Vijñānabhairava-tantra    verse 46        becoming Void “He should, for a moment, contemplate emptiness in a part of his body. [The result is] freedom from thought constructs. Being devoid of thought constructs, he becomes the Void itself ” तनूदेशे शून्यतैव क्षणमात्रं … Continue reading

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Verses 142b-155 A critique of ritual

Vijñānabhairava-tantra    verses 142b-155     A critique of ritual   Introduction The ślokas 142b- 153 constitute a critique of customary ritual, which it says is suited to those who are ‘gross’ and externalized, lacking in subtlety. The ślokas are, in turn, … Continue reading

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Questions raised by Hindu-Christian Comparative Theology

Theology:        Christian theology has become highly dualistic. We speak of ‘God and man’, ‘heaven and earth’, ‘good and evil’, ‘sin and grace’, ‘church and state’, ‘faith and reason’, ‘pure and impure’, ‘theology and philosophy’. This dualism has … Continue reading

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