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Martine Batchelor

Martine Batchelor lived in Korea as a zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She 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.

A member of the Gaia House Teacher Council, she teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France. Her latest work is the Spirit of the Buddha which came out in May 2010.

Martine lives in France with her husband Stephen Batchelor and teaches seminars and leads meditation retreats worldwide.

Upcoming Events

Martine will be back in New Zealand in February 2012 to teach at a retreat with Stephen in Otaki, as well as offer a daylong in Auckland.

To find out more about her Wellington daylong retreat, click here. Martine's 2012 visit is being coordinated by Derek LeDayn 021 355 225 or send an email.

Their programme can be found at

Martine & Stephen’s travel costs

Your generosity is sought! Contributing towards Martine and Stephen’s travel costs will reduce the cost of their retreat, making their teachings more accessible to more New Zealanders.

You can make donations through Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust. To find out how, visit


Some of Martine’s talks are available at

There are also five downloadable talks at


There are a number of communities and individuals who practise insight meditation, as well as people who teach it, in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This website lets you know who they are and where they can be found, as well as where you can find sitting groups, learn to meditate, and sign up for retreats.

Contact the community or person nearest to you to find out more.

A Thought for Today

Right livelihood is not just a philosophical ideal. It is a practical, achievable reality. Finding and maintaining right livelihood does require regular, consistent action, but the steps are clear and the results immediate.

Finding your own right livelihood depends primarily on getting in touch with your "beginner's mind." Mindfulness challenges us to stay with things as they are and to change our lives through action that harms no one.

Working together, mindfully and compassionately, we can create a community in which all our livelihoods are "right."

— Claude Whitmyer, "Mindfulness and Meaningful Work"