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Fr Chris Barnett, Obituary in Herald-Sun

Obituary, Herald-Sun, Melbourne  Fr Christopher Michael Barnett (20-06-1931 – 01-01-2004) Fr Chris Barnett arrived in Melbourne by boat on a blisteringly hot summer’s day a week before Christmas in 1955. He had left Ireland to go on mission and chose … Continue reading

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Bali Bombings, my Homily at St Patrick’s Cathedral, 20 October 2002

Bali Bombings, my Homily at St Patrick’s Cathedral, 20 October 2002 Also: National Day of Mourning – French Australian Association The Gospel passage today (Matthew 22.15-21) has much to say about the events in Bali, which have shocked the nation … Continue reading

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Joy and suffering

Joy and Suffering Joy is at the start of the Christian story where the angel greets Mary with the cry “Rejoice so highly favoured” and the angels sing of joy at the Saviour’s birth. Yet Jesus is the ‘man of … Continue reading

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Wedding of Amanda and Philip, homily

Homily at the wedding of Amanda and Philip 11 March 2007  In a few moments, in this sacred place, in the presence of their families and friends who have shared so much of their lives, before the representative of the Church … Continue reading

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Papa, biography (partial)

Elements from the biography of René Henri Dupuche born in Wasquehal (France) on 6 June 1906 1919                Obtained first place in entrance examinations to the ‘Institut Professionel Roubaisien’ in view of studying Commerce. 1920 & 1921   Dux of the … Continue reading

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Year C,

C, Advent 1                                                         Freedom                “When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.”        Luke 21.28 Reflection 1: “Freedom” is the ancient cry of all peoples. Freedom from hunger … Continue reading

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Index Year A

Spirit, faith, prophet INCARNATION Preparation The purposes of God C, Advent 1                            Freedom C, Advent 1                            Graciousness Prolegomena of the Incarnation C, Advent 2                            Christ in other religions C, Advent 2                            Christ in the Old Testament C, Advent 3                            John … Continue reading

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Poetic homilies Year C

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Poetic homilies Year B

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Poetic homilies Year A

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Tantric homilies – poetic

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Poems on the Gospel. Why?

These poetic homilies began a long time ago, at Fané-les-Roses, a Mission Station hidden in the highlands of Papua. In this magnificent location, the thought came to address, in the course of the Three Year Cycle, all the major themes of our … Continue reading

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Family – assorted items

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Multi-faith items

Many and varied items concerning interfaith relations – topics, essays, reports – appear under this heading.

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Islam – Catholic items

Many and varied items concerning Islam and Muslim – Christian relations – topics, essays, reports – appear under this heading

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Buddhist Catholic items

Many and varied items concerning Buddhism and Buddhist – Christian relations – topics, essays, reports – appear under this heading.

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Hindu Catholic items

Many and varied items concerning Hinduism and Hindu- Christian relations – topics, essays, reports – appear under this heading

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Tantric homilies

These poetic homilies began a long time ago, at Fané-les-Roses, a Mission Station hidden in the highlands of Papua. In this magnificent location, the thought came to address, in the course of the Three Year Cycle, all the major themes of … Continue reading

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Poetic homilies, Year A

A, Advent 1 a                                                            Fulfillment   ‘The time has come’. Romans 13.11   Father, fulfill your plan in us. Out of happiness you made us; to happiness you send us. Take us out of ourselves. Make us what you … Continue reading

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Poetic homilies, Year A, Index

FATHER – LOVE, KING INCARNATION Preparation Purposes of God A, Advent 1 a                         Fulfillment A, Advent 1 b                         Creation Prolegomena A, Advent 2 a                         In nature … Continue reading

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Poetic homilies. Why?

These poetic homilies began a long time ago, at Fané-les-Roses, a Mission Station hidden in the highlands of Papua. In this magnificent location, the thought came to address, in the course of the Three Year Cycle, all the major themes of … Continue reading

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Icons: images of the divine – The Transfiguration

Icons: images of the divine The Advocate Magazine, Thursday 6 August, 1987, p. 4 By Fr John Dupuche It is said that before a monk paints an icon he will enter into a period of fasting and prayer and that … Continue reading

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Year B, Index

SON, hope, priest 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                            … Continue reading

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‘Why those tears, those bitter tears,’, November 2006

At my Grandparents’ grave in the cemetery of Blanc Seau, Tourcoing, France November, 2006 Why those tears, those bitter tears, those sobs that poured out as I stood at my grandparents grave. Was it for the separation of death, that … Continue reading

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Review of Grayling, A.C., The God Argument; the Case against Religion and for Humanism

Grayling, A.C. The God Argument; the Case against Religion and for Humanism,  London: Bloomsbury, 2013. ISBN 9781408837412 Anthony C. Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, is a bright star in the galaxy of British atheists that includes … Continue reading

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Wilma, funeral oration

Wilma, funeral oration 2016 It was a remarkable moment when the family, some forty people, gathered around Wilma’s bed, at Cabrini Palliative Care Centre. She lay there quietly. Did she understand the words, did she hear the voices, did she … Continue reading

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Cecil Clark – funeral oration, 2006

Cecil Clark – funeral oration We have come to pay tribute to Cec. There is much we know and admire. Therefore, we stand before the One who knows all things and say, ‘Look at Cec and reward him and make … Continue reading

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Robert Broomhall, Funeral Oration at St Joseph’s Church, Black Rock,

Robert Broomhall, 1922-2007 “We are not like those who think he simply is not, finished, reduced to nothing. We say ‘fare well’ because we know he is well and will be well.” I always enjoyed the company of Bob. He … Continue reading

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Noelene – Funeral Homily, ‘She did not die alone but was accompanied by love.

Noelene – Funeral Homily, ‘She did not die alone but was accompanied by love. ….’ It was very moving to sit with the family, with Noelene’s husband Geoff in the first instance, and with her son Hayden and his wife … Continue reading

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Audrey Hughes, Funeral Oration

Audrey Patricia Hughes 1929-2007  Funeral Oration, Stella Maris Church, Beaumaris,  Fr John Dupuche Audrey’s life has come to an end. Audrey’s life is just beginning. The staff of Monash Medical Centre could do no more. Her mortal remains have been … Continue reading

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Dennis McCarthy, 10 February 2007,

Dennis McCarthy,    Funeral Oration, 10 February 2007, “I will arise and go now, and go to Innnisfree”. These are the openings words written by the Irish poet W.B. Yeats in hectic and bustling London. The poet expresses his wish … Continue reading

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Nancy Bruce 1932 – 2007

Nancy Bruce 1932 – 2007, at Stella Maris Church, Beaumaris,, 14 June 2007, Fr John Dupuche PP We are all grieving. It seems impossible that Nancy should be dead. Her temperament seemed eternal. Yet now she has gone. I first knew Nancy at Burwood, … Continue reading

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Funeral homilies

Funeral homilies in the Christian tradition are not eulogies where friends and family say how much they have appreciated the loved one who has gone before them. Nor are they panegyrics, which describe the achievements of the deceased. The funeral homily situates the … Continue reading

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Fr Chris Barnett PP, 1931-2004

HOMILY  for Funeral of Fr Chris Barnett PP, 6 January 2004, St Mary’s East St Kilda  We have come to give thanks to God for you, Chris, and to thank you for a life well led. Although you shied away from praise … Continue reading

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The Tantrāloka of Abhinavagupta (975-1025 CE)

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Śiva Sūtras

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Qur’anic texts

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Controverted questions

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Various homilies

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Meditation experiences

INDEX: Experiencing colour during meditation. Experiencing colour during meditation.                        Easter Sunday 2016  It sometimes happens, in the course of meditation, that colours appear from within, red, green, blue, swirling … Continue reading

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Overview of interfaith pilgrimage to Indi 2016

    Interfaith Pilgrimage to India, February 2016. We were a group of 7 people from Australia, wishing to visit four major sites in India that symbolize the great religions of the South Asian nation: Delhi for the Muslims, Varanasi … Continue reading

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Reiki: good or bad? A Christian response.

Reiki: good or bad? Introduction After reading countless tales of chivalry and daring‑do, Don Quixote sets out to do battle with the giants. He takes his reluctant squire, Sancho Panza, the realist. Seeing the windmills of La Mancha, Don Quixote … Continue reading

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Prelude to tantric poems, 2014

Reported without comment 14 January, 2014, Tuesday, after lunch we went to see Suramishra. Nice drive through rural areas with lovely avenues of trees. He was glad to see me. I asked about how to visualise or imagine Kālī and me … Continue reading

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Prelude to tantric poems of 2013

Reported without comment On Saturday 19 January 2013 we went again today to see Suramishra. Saumya has taken on the new name, Śunyānanda. He gave this translation of Acyuta’s reply: “Acyuta bows down to Mahākālī -Mahāmāyā and answers your question. … Continue reading

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2015, From ‘comparative theology’ to ‘comparative experience’

From ‘comparative theology’ to ‘comparative experience’  John R. Dupuche  Paper delivered at the Winter Workshop with Frank X. Clooney sj,   Australian Catholic University, August 2015       Introduction: In her description of ‘comparative theology’, [1] Anita Ray describes … Continue reading

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CV

Curriculum vitae of Rev. Dr. John R. Dupuche DOB 30 July 1940 1944-1948 Mandeville Hall, Toorak 1949-1953 Kostka Hall, Brighton 1954-1958 Xavier College, Kew 1959-1960 Jesuit Novitiate, Watsonia 1961-1963 Undergraduate course in Scholastic Philosophy (Collegium Maximum Sancti Ignatii, Watsonia) 1964-67 … 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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2012 “The draft of a “rule” for an interfaith ashram proposed by John Dupuche and Michael Mifsud, priests of the Archdiocese of Melbourne,”

Dupuche, John and Michael Mifsud, “The draft of a “rule” fo an interfaith ashram proposed by John Dupuche and Michael Mifsud, priests of the Archdiocese of Melbourne,” published in William Skudlarek (ed.), Dilatato Corde New York: Lantern Books, 2012. vol. … Continue reading

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Poems to the Goddess, 2012

.20th January 2012     Friday night               Anandamayee, Uttara ‘Yes yes!’ I said with all my heart, as you came to me, Goddess, and an immense thrill coursed through my frame, every fibre ignited and flaring, an upward rush of … Continue reading

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 930 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Prelude to tantric poems of 2012

  Meeting with Suramishra on Monday 16 January 2012 (The following is related as it happened, without comment.) Sura (=deva) Mishra (=Brahmin) had an accident while young and as a result is bent over, cannot straighten up and cannot walk … Continue reading

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Scenes from Uttara

Through the good offices of Bettina Bäumer I had made the acquaintance of Harsa Satapathy in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India. Harsa introduced me to this friend Saumya Tripathy. On one or two hectares which Saumya’s family granted to him at Uttara … Continue reading

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Year A,

A, Advent 1                                                   The divine purpose                                  “Stay awake.” … Continue reading

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Index, Year A homilies

FATHER, love, king INCARNATION Preparation The purposes of God          A, Advent 1                            The divine purpose          A, Advent 1                            The emanation of the world Prolegomena of the Incarnation A, Advent 2                            The world of nature A, Advent 2                            The … Continue reading

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from the Dust Jacket

Dust jacket: About the book: Abhinavagupta, the leading figure in Kashmir Shaivism, is increasingly being recognised as one of the chief contributors to Indian thought. In his encyclopaedic work, the Tantrāloka, ‘Light on the Tantras’, he describes the various tantras … Continue reading

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Launch

Launch of John Dupuche, Towards a Christian Tantra ACU Melbourne, 11 November 2009 by John D’Arcy May, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin  Autobiography the best medium of theology – but seldom so candid, courageous. Personal story essential for … Continue reading

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Why these poems to the Goddess?

Why these poems to the Goddess? According to the ancient traditions of India, the goddess Kālī can be worshipped as mother, child or consort. She is most often worshipped as Mother Kālī (Mā Kālī), but my wish is to worship … Continue reading

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Why this blog?

Why this blog? The purpose of this blog is to invite discussion and on the possibility of a Christian tantra.. “The ‘Christian tantra’, elaborated in a preliminary fashion in the last chapter, is presented to the readers for their assessment. … Continue reading

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Why these homilies?

These homilies began a long time ago, at Fané-les-Roses, a Mission Station hidden in the highlands of Papua. In this magnificent location, the thought came to address, in the course of the Three Year Cycle, all the major themes of our Christian … Continue reading

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Verse 90 reciting the phoneme A

Vijñānabhairava-tantra verse 90      reciting the phoneme A “O Goddess, as a result of reciting the phoneme A without either Ṃ or Ḥ the great flood of knowledge arises powerfully, Parameśvara himself.” अबिन्दुमविसर्गं च अकारं जपतो महान्। उदेति देवि सहसा ज्ञानौघः परमेश्वरः॥ … Continue reading

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2001, ‘Person-to-Person: vivarana of Abhinavagupta on Paratrimsika verses 3–4.’ In Indo-Iranian Journal 44: 1-16.

‘Person-to-Person: vivarana of Abhinavagupta on Paratrimsika verses 3–4.’ In Indo-Iranian Journal 44: 1-16.

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2015, ‘Christian Tantra’, at Conference on Tantra.

‘Christian Tantra’ Paper presented by Rev. Dr. John Dupuche  MCD University of Divinity, Australian Catholic University Catholic Interfaith Committee (chair) jeandupuche@gmail.com at the Interfaith Conference on Classical Tantra in the World’s Religions 14-15 November, 2105 Janssen Spirituality Centre, 22 Woodvale … Continue reading

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2015, ‘The Context of Tantra’, at Conference on Classical Tantra.

‘The Context of Tantra’ Paper presented by Rev. Dr. John Dupuche MCD University of Divinity, Australian Catholic University Catholic Interfaith Committee (chair) jeandupuche@gmail.com at the Interfaith Conference on Classical Tantra in the World’s Religions 14-15 November, 2105 Janssen Spirituality Centre, … Continue reading

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2015, ‘Seeing what is true and holy in others’, Deakin University

‘Seeing what is true and holy in others’  a presentation by Rev. Dr. John Dupuche  MCD University of Divinity, Australian Catholic University Catholic Interfaith Committee (chair) jeandupuche@gmail.com Spirituality, Wellbeing and Education Workshop Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation’s, Diversity … Continue reading

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2014 Nostra Aetate – stages of creation, with a particular focus on paragraph no.2 and the people involved in its development.

Nostra Aetate – stages of creation, with a particular focus on paragraph 2 and the people involved in its development. Polonia Polonia Sacra 18 (2014) nr 4 (37) pp. 159-174. Key words:        “Nostra Aetate”, interreligious relations, ‘true and holy’, Society … Continue reading

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2013 ‘A Spirituality of Pleasure: Deciphering Vijñānabhairava Verse 68’, International Journal of Tantric Studies Vol. 9 No. 1 September 19, 2013.

‘A Spirituality of Pleasure: Deciphering Vijñānabhairava Verse 68’, International Journal of Tantric Studies Vol. 9 No. 1 September 19, 2013. INTRODUCTION  The “non-dual” (abheda) school of Indian thought later known as Kashmir Shaivism reached its apogee about the year 1000 CE … Continue reading

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2013 ‘Silence and dialogue’, in Gesher 2013 vol. 4, no.4 pp. 52-64.

‘Silence and dialogue’, in Gesher 2013 vol. 4, no.4 52-64. Introduction The act of being silent is not a proof of ignorance or of having nothing to say, of being ‘dumb’. On the contrary, as this article wishes to explain, … Continue reading

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