About Dr. Mark Dyczkowski

“As we penetrate in to the teachings, we will in turn be penetrated by the essence of who we are most fundamentally”


about MarkDr. Mark Dyczkowski is one of the world’s foremost scholars on Tantra and Kashmiri Trika Shaivism and has lived and worked in India for close to forty years. Both a scholar and a practitioner, he was initiated by the great Indian teacher Swami Laksmanjoo in the year 1976. He has an undergraduate degree from Banaras Hindu University and a Ph.D. from Oxford University, where he researched Kashmir Shaivism under the guidance of Professor Alexis Sanderson. Mark has published extensively including the 12 volume Manthanabhairava Tantra and is considered to be one of the world’s leading authorities on Tantric Shaivism. He is affiliated with several major academic institutions in India and has lectured in Universities in Europe, the States and India.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Mark has studied sitar throughout this period, and his present teacher is the great maestro Budhadiya Mukherjee. During these years of musical study he collected over 1,500 compositions for sitar, and, since the mid 1970s, has given public performances in many countries, including India. He has performed and lectured in several countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas, including the United States. He is a well-known sitarist in Benares where he regularly performs in public and is highly regarded there by the community of musicians and lovers of music.

Dr. Mark Dyczkowski lives in Varanasi on the ghats of the Ganges where he teaches students on Kashmiri Shaivism and practices music.