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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



After Buddhism book tour, USA, November, 2015.


1 November (Sun.): 1-6pm. Workshop: Four Great Tasks: Early Buddhism for Secular Times organized by Insight LA, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica, CA 90401:

2 November (Mon.): 7pm:Reading from After Buddhism followed by discussion: Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd
, Pasadena, CA 91101.

3 November (Tues.): 7.30-9.00 pm: An Evening with Stephen Batchelor: Against the Stream Buddhist Center, 4300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90029.

5 November (Thurs.): Evening: Talk and booksigning: Towards a Culture of Awakening: Secular Buddhism and Beyond organized by Insight LA, Santa Monica.

7 November (Sat.): Day workshop/retreat at Dharma Field Zen Center, 3118 W 49th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410.

8 November (Sun.): Morning: Talk and booksigning, Dharma Field Zen Center.

9 November (Mon.): 7-9pm. Four Great Tasks: Early Buddhism for Secular Times. Talk and booksigning at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, 331 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139.

11 November (Wed.): 7pm: Becoming Wholly Human: Secular Buddhism and Beyond. Talk and booksigning at the Humanist Hub, 30 JFK Str., 4th Floor, Cambridge MA.

12 November (Thurs). 6pm: Talk and booksigning for Pittsfield Sangha, Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA.

13 November (Fri.) 6pm Bookreading and signing, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT.

14 November (Sat.) 1pm-4pm. An afternoon with Stephen Batchelor, Center Congregational Church, Brattleboro VT. Organized by Vermont Insight Meditation Center.

15 November (Sun.) to 20 November (Fri.) The Solar Buddha: Early Dharma for Secular Times: Retreat at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, Mass. This event is fully booked. To join the waiting list, email:

21 November (Sat.) 10am – 5pm: After Buddhism: daylong workshop for New York Insight, 28 W 27th St #10, New York, NY 10001.

22 November (Sun.): 10.30 – noon: Talk and booksigning at the Community Meditation Center, 5 W 86th St. # 14C, New York, NY 10024,


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:

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