MARTINE 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 1984. 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'. Following
Master Kusan’s death she returned her nun’s vows and left Korea.
She returned to Europe with her husband,
Stephen, in 1985. She was a member of the Sharpham North Community in
Devon, England for six years. She worked as a lecturer and spiritual
counsellor both at Gaia House and elsewhere in Britain. She was also
involved in interfaith dialogue and was a Trustee of the International
Sacred Literature Trust until 2000.
In 1992 she published, as co-editor,
'Buddhism and Ecology'. In 1996 she published, as editor, 'Walking on
Lotus Flowers' which in 2001 was reissued under the title 'Women on the
Buddhist Path’. She is the author of 'Principles of Zen', 'Meditation
for Life' (an illustrated book on meditation), ‘The Path of Compassion’
(a translation from the Korean, with reference to the original Chinese,
of the Brahmajala Sutra, i.e. the Bodhisattva Precepts), ‘Women in
Korean Zen’ and ‘Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits’.
Her latest book is ‘The Spirit of the Buddha’.
With her husband she co-leads meditation
retreats worldwide. They now live in France.
She speaks French, English and Korean and
can read Chinese characters. She has written various articles for
magazines on the Korean way of tea, Buddhism and women, Buddhism and
ecology, and Zen cooking. She is interested in meditation in daily life,
Buddhism and social action, religion and women's issues, Zen and its
history, factual and legendary.