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Former students gather to commemorate Zen Master Kusan Sunim

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, Oct 28, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- Students from all across the globe, including Robert Buswell (Department head of Buddhism at UCLA), Martine and Stephen Batchelor, returned to Korea for the 30th commemoration of their Zen master, Kusan sunim.

<< Kusan Sunim (a909 - 1983)

Martine Batchelor was born in France in 1953 and was ordained by Master Kusan in 1975 and spent 10 years as an ordained Buddhist nun.

Her husband, Stephen Batchelor was born in England in 1953 and was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1974. He began his seon practice in 1981 at Songgwangsa temple with Master Kusan.

After disrobing in 1985, the couple got married and they continue to propagate Korean Seon Buddhism in Europe.

On October 16th, Stephen and Martine Batchelor held a meditation class at the Yaksoojeongsa temple in honor of the 30th year commemoration of their master.

Stephen Batchelor stated, “...deep Concentration and having deep questions are the two most important elements in meditation.” He went on to state, “Meditation is not about sitting still, but it is to be mindful of each passing moment in your daily life.”

Stephen and Martine Batchelor both reiterated that there are various Buddhist practices, such as breathing meditation, kanhwaseon practice, and walking meditation, and it is important to find a practice that best suits the individual.

They also reminded us that although each individual and each practice is different, through meditation our mind becomes clear and we are all able to let go of our attachments.

Martine and Stephen Batchelor both appeared on “Open Forum” for BTN on October 17th to discuss about their lives and how Korean Seon has impacted their lives.

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