Category Archives: Kashmir Shaivism

1958-2003, “A Long Journey”

“A Long Journey”,  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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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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Japa, recitation

Recitation (japa) summary of a teaching given by John Dupuche at the Interfaith Ashram, Warburton, January 2015 A mantra is a word or phrase or sentence, a ‘vocable’, something that is said. The term ‘mantra’ comes from two elements, ‘man’ from manas which means ‘mind’ and the suffix … 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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LES INGREDIENTS IMPURS DU RITUEL KULA, Versets sur les ingrédients cités dans le commentaire de Jayaratha sur le Tantrāloka, ch. 29 d’Abhinavagupta

LES INGREDIENTS IMPURS DU RITUEL KULA Versets sur les ingrédients cités dans le commentaire de Jayaratha sur le Tantrālokach. 29 d’Abhinavagupta  Ayant établi que l’impureté n’existe pas, Jayaratha cite un verset qui prépare le lecteur à la question des mets prohibés. Cit.10b.1         … Continue reading

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LE VIN, Versets sur le vin cités dans le commentaire de Jayaratha sur le Tantrāloka, ch. 29 d’Abhinavagupta

LE VIN Versets sur le vin cités dans le commentaire de Jayaratha sur le Tantrāloka, ch. 29 d’Abhinavagupta                         L’essence du vin Cit.13b.1         « L’alcool est la suprême Śakti ; … Continue reading

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LE RITUEL KULA Versets cités par Jayaratha dans son commentaire sur Tantrāloka 29.18-23, ‘Le Sacrifice Quotidien’.

LE RITUEL KULA Versets cités par Jayaratha dans son commentaire sur Tantrāloka 29.18-23  ‘Le Sacrifice Quotidien’. Dans Tantrāloka29.18-23 Abhinavagupta décrit le rite quotidien qui présente l’essentiel du rite Kula. Il sera largement développé dans les six sacrifices. Le rite quotidien comporte … 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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Activities, Circular Letter, 8 January 2005

Dear Friends, This is a circular letter. Rather than remaining silent at this time of the year I wanted to wish you every happiness and success in 2005. I also wanted to share with you just some of the things … 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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Ceasing to be an individual and becoming a person

Ceasing to be an individual and becoming a person The question of the “person” is a crucial point. There is a distinction between ‘personality’, ‘individual’ and ‘person’.     Personality is a psychological characteristic, so that the same individual can … Continue reading

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Original sin and māyā: are they the same?

Original sin and māyā: are they the same?                     This is an important question. Is sin or māyā a matter of will or knowledge, of disobedience or ignorance? Christian theology emphases … 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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The Kaula daily ritual (nityapūjā) in the Tantrāloka, in Adesh No. 9, 2013 pp. 14-15.

Published as: “Ежедневный каулический ритуал (nityāpūja) в Тантралоке”, Адеш №9 (2013) 14-15. “The Kaula daily ritual (nityapūjā) in the  Tantrāloka,” in Adesh No. 9, 2013, pp. 14-15. by John Dupuche In chapter 29 of his great work, the Tantrāloka, Abhinavagupta describes many Kaula … 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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“‘Jesus is the Christ.’ (Acts 9.22) Can Jesus be called Shiva?”

The following article by John R. Dupuche was published in Theology@ McAuley, E-Journal, Australian Catholic University, 2003.  “‘Jesus is the Christ.’ (Acts 9.22) Can Jesus be called Shiva?” in Theology@ McAuley, E-Journal, Australian Catholic University, 2003.  Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is Pastor … Continue reading

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vv. 44-45 meditation on emptiness

Vijñānabhairava-tantra ślokas 44-45       meditation on emptiness at the beginning, at the end, and in the heart “He should meditate on the emptiness above at the same time as meditating on the emptiness below. By means of the energy which is … 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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“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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V. 34, focusing on the centre of the skull

Vijñānabhairava-tantra verse 34                       focusing on the centre of the skull “After closing the eyes, one should focus the mind within the skull. Gradually, with unwavering mind, one discerns the eminently discernible.” कपालान्तर् मनो न्यस्य तिष्ठन् मीलितलोचनः। क्रमेण मनसो दार्ढ्यात्लक्षयेत्लष्यम् … 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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2005, ‘The first and last cry’, in Void and Fullness in the Buddhist, Hindu and Christian Traditions.

‘The first and last cry’, in Void and Fullness in the Buddhist, Hindu and Christian Traditions. Bäumer, B. and Dupuche J. (eds.) Delhi, D.K. Printworld, 2005. pp. 248-252.

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2005, ‘The Doctrine of recognition (pratyabhijñā) and interfaith dialogue’ in Samarasya, Studies in Indian Arts, Philosophy and Interreligious dialogue – in Honour of Bettina Bäumer.

‘The Doctrine of recognition (pratyabhijñā) and interfaith dialogue’ in Samarasya, Studies in Indian Arts, Philosophy and Interreligious dialogue – in Honour of Bettina Bäumer, Sadananda Das, and Ernst Fürlinger, (eds). Delhi, D.K. Printworld, 2005. pp.431-440. From the introduction: “This paper … Continue reading

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2008, ‘Devi in Tantric Practice’, in The Iconic Female, Goddesses of India, Nepal and Tibet.

‘Devi in Tantric Practice’, in The Iconic Female, Goddesses of India, Nepal and Tibet. Clayton: Monash University Press, 2008. pp. 113-132. Abstract: According to Kashmir Shaivism, supreme consciousness is not ignorant of itself. If Shiva is light, Shakti is the … 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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