Lilian Silburn

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Lilian Silburn (1908–1993) was a French Indologist specialising in Kashmir Shaivism, Tantra and Buddhism.

Silburn studied philosophy and Indology under Paul Masson-Oursel and others. During World War II, she joined the French National Centre for Scientific Research and remained associated with it since. Her students included André Padoux.[citation needed]

Working together with Louis Renou, she translated from Sanskrit and published the core scriptures of Kashmir Shaivism, including Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta, Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, and others, many being first-ever translations of the recently discovered texts. Silburn, a student of Lakshman Joo, authored Kundalini: The Energy of the Depths, A Comprehensive Study Based on the Scriptures of Nondualistic Kasmir Saivism (Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir, State University of New York Press, 1988).

Her life and depth of insight has made some consider her a modern mystic.[1][2]


  1. ^ Chambron, Jacqueline (2015). Lilian Silburn, une vie mystique. Almora Essai (in French). Almora. ISBN 9782351182710.
  2. ^ Fella, Audrey (2013). Les femmes mystiques: Histoire et dictionnaire (in French). Robert Laffont. ISBN 9782221114728.