Victoria: Tantric aspects of the world’s spiritualities


MELA Interfaith Association, in conjunction with Monash University, invites you to Tantric aspects of the world’s spiritualities ~ Multifaith Conference to be held at the Monash Caulfield Campus, on Saturday, 10 December.


Tantra is considered to be a powerful means for acquiring highest bliss through the union of opposites – male and female, life and death, heaven and earth, licit and illicit. Although the term ‘tantra’ derives from Hinduism and Buddhism, it can be seen as a golden thread running through the many spiritualities of our world.

The Conference on “Tantric aspects of the world’s spiritualities” will explore how these tantric aspects overlap, challenge and illuminate each other.


  • Dr Fabrice Blee is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Theology, University of St Paul, Ottawa
  • Dr David Templeman, Monash University, Monash Asia Institute, is Adjunct. Research Fellow in Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Studies, and Bön religion.
  • Dr Kenneth Avery is a graduate of both Sydney and Melbourne Universities and is a published author in the field of Islamic studies, specifically dealing with Sufism.
  • Dr. Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat OAM holds doctorate degrees in Organic Chemistry (Monash University) and Indology (La Trobe University).
  • Rev. Nick de Groot svd is the Director of the Janssen Spirituality Centre, Boronia, which promotes interfaith and inter-cultural dialogue.
  • Rabbi Michel Laloum is Cantor at Temple Beth Israel, the principal Progressive Synagogue in Melbourne.
  • Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University and Senior Lecturer at MCD University of Divinity.
  • Conference Moderator: Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany is Director of the National Centre for South Asian Studies at Monash University.

Event Details

Program: Tantric aspects of the world’s spiritualities | Multifaith Conference
Date: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2016
Time: 9am to 5pm
Location: Monash University, Caulfield Campus, H Building, Ground Floor, 900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East VIC 3145
Cost: Registration fees: Employed $180, Unemployed $150 | Fee includes light lunches (Saturday & Sunday) & morning and afternoon refreshments.
Registration or more information: For information or in order to apply, contact John Dupuche | E: | M: 0417 560 087
Please apply early as space is limited. Closing date for applications: 10 November 2016.
Accommodation is available at the Janssen Spirituality Centre | $55 per night including breakfast.
Accommodation bookings: Rev. Nick de Groot |
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