Female teachers

Martine Batchelor

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 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 She translated his book 'The Way of Korean Zen' and has written an unpublished manuscript about the life of Korean Zen nuns.

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 has also been involved in interfaith dialogue.

Until recently she was a Trustee of the International Sacred Literature Trust.

She is now living in France.


  • Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits, Wisdom Publications, 2007
  • Women in Korean Zen: Lives and Practices, Syracuse University Press, 2006
  • Principles of Zen, Thorsons, London, 1999
  • Meditation for Life, Wisdom Publications, 2001


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