Some personal history
Research in Tantra
I grew up in England, and at 17 was accepted into Oxford University to study mathematics. But having a lot of other interests, I decided to take a “gap year” before going to Oxford. In that year I started Transcendental Meditation, and became deeply interested in Sanskrit literature.
I decided to switch from mathematics to Sanskrit, and spent three years as an undergraduate at Oxford studying Sanskrit, with Pali (the language that the Buddha spoke) as my subsidiary subject.
After graduating I spent a year in India, ending up in Kashmir and being initiated into Kashmir Shaivism by Swami Lakshmanjoo. For the next three years I spent the summers in Kashmir studying with Swamiji, returning to Oxford to write my doctoral thesis on Utpaladeva's Īśvarapratyabhijñākārikās, one of the main texts of this 10th century school of Tantra.
Another lifelong passion of mine has been the spiritual power of music. I trained as a teacher of TaKeTiNa with Reinhard Flatischler, and studied several traditions in depth including Cuban Bata drumming and jazz.
My journeying with the didjeridoo began over 10 years ago, initially as a solo practice, then including “traditional” group and individual sound healings. I also became fascinated with the potential of the didjeridoo for creating huge sonic spaces for meditation - see for example the “Cosmic Chanting” piece here: http://www.cosmicenlightenment.org/TBD2.html
More recently I have been exploring ways of using the sound of the didj to directly induce meditative states. Last year I did a lot of experimentation with enhancing the sound of the didj using technology, including having participants use headphones along with external speakers to get an enhanced “inside and outside” stereo audio image.
What I'm currently most excited about is using the knowledge of Tantra and meditation that I have practiced over the decades, combined with my didjeridoo breathwork, to offer a new kind of Kuṇḍalinī Yoga meditation. I am collaborating with other teachers of yoga and related disciplines, since my preference is not to give verbal guidance myself, but to just sit in the corner and play didj!
You can connect with me on facebook as Zorg Ztocouc