Martine Batchelor bio

Martine BatchelorMartine Batchelor was born in France in 1953. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in Korea in 1975. She studied Zen Buddhism under the guidance of the late Master Kusan at Songgwang Sa monastery until 1985. Her Zen training also took her to nunneries in Taiwan and Japan. From 1981 she served as Kusan Sunim’s interpreter and accompanied him on lecture tours throughout the United States and Europe. She translated his book ‘The Way of Korean Zen’ and has written an unpublished manuscript about the life of Korean Zen nuns.


Martine Batchelor Martine returned to Europe with her husband, Stephen, in 1985. Was a member of the Sharpham North Buddhist Community in Devon, England for six years.  Martine has also been involved in interfaith dialogue. And was until recently a Trustee of the International Sacred Literature Trust.

Martine is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. Teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France.

Martine is the author of ‘Meditation for Life’, ‘The Path of Compassion’, ‘Women in Korean Zen’ and ‘Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits’.

Her latest work is the ‘Spirit of the Buddha’.

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  1. Martine Batchelor’s ‘Spirit of the Buddha’ is both a great book to introduce someone new to Buddha Dharma as well an valuable resource for practicing Buddhists interested in learning more about the multi-branched Buddhist family tree. Sprouting out of the roots of the Pali Suttas, her exposition is fresh and pithy as she takes us through time and traditions.

  2. Have seen that many people have accessed the site on the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Thank you.

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