WYC Speaker

Dr Mark Dyczkowski

Scholar and MusicianVaranasi/UK

Dr Mark Dyczkowski is a renowned author and scholar of Tantra and an adept in sitar, who lives in Varanasi.

Born in London in 1951, Dr Dyczkowski completed his schooling in 1969 and went to India in search of a guru. Inspired to remain in India, he became a student of Sanskrit, music, and Tantra. He studied at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and in 1972 was awarded a BA Honours degree and in 1974 an MA in Indian Philosophy and Religion. In 1976 Dr Dyczkowski went to Kashmir for six months and received initiation from Swami Laksmanjoo, with whom he studied and practised sadhana. From 1975 to 1980 Dr Dyczkowski completed his doctorate at Oxford University, England, and then returned to Varanasi where he has been based ever since.

From 1990 to 2010 Dr Dyczkowski worked with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts on a research project which resulted in the publication of a fourteen volume work on the Manthanabhairava Tantra of the Kubjika tradition. He has published over twenty volumes on Kashmiri Shaivism and the Kubjika Tantras. He is currently preparing an annotated translation of the Tantraloka by Abhinavagupta and commentary by Jayaratha.

Dr Dyczkowski is married with two children and two grandchildren who live in Italy, where he spends part of each year.