Martine & Stephen


Stephen and Martine Batchelor are Buddhist teachers and authors, who live in South West France and conduct meditation retreats and seminars worldwide. They both trained as monastics for ten years in traditional Buddhist centers in Asia, and now present a lay and secular approach to Buddhist practice, largely based on the early teachings of the Buddha as found in the Pali Canon.

This website includes written, audio, photographic and video materials that offer a broad introduction to their work. In addition, it provides their public teaching schedule, which we seek to keep as up-to-date as possible. A contact email address is also supplied, and we welcome enquiries.

While most of the information is in English, a French language section presents a number of transcribed talks, as well as a link to Terre d’Eveil, the Buddhist group in Paris for whom they serve as guiding teachers.


Stephen’s forthcoming book


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A daring and reasoned work of
remarkable scope, vision, scholarship,
and promise.

Jon Kabat-Zinn


Batchelor makes the dharma
come thrillingly alive. A masterful

Mark Epstein, M.D.


Prepublication review for the book in Publishers Weekly


Publishing Date:

27 October, 2015 (North America), 15 January, 2016 (UK and Europe).


Copies can be pre-ordered from



The Bodhi Institute


The Bodhi Institute

We are pleased to let you know that Bodhi Institute, a project Stephen has been developing with Christina Feldman, John Peacock and Akincano Weber over the past couple of years is now up and running. Starting in 2016, the institute will be offering a range of longer and shorter courses focused on the study and practice of Early Buddhism. Stephen and Martine will be primarily involved in teaching a two-year modular programme entitled “Secular Dharma: Theory and Practice.” While operating primarily in Britain, Bodhi Institute will also be offering courses in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. For further information and booking details, go to:

Please share this link with anyone who might be interested.

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