Bringing together the meditation instructions and dharma talks given by Martine and Stephen Batchelor during a Sŏn (Chan/Zen) retreat at Gaia House, What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds takes us through the practice of radical questioning at the heart of the Korean Sŏn Buddhist tradition and suggests how we can benefit from this form of meditation today.
These talks illuminate how a practice that originated in China more than a thousand years ago can now draw on ideas from the natural sciences, ancient and modern western philosophy, Romantic poetry, and the early Buddhism of the Pali canon.
The reader can use the book both as a practice manual and as a companion in facing the challenge of living a fully human life in the contemporary world. To accompany each of the talks, Jim Champion has written a series of questions which you can download here[TO COME].
About the authors
Martine and Stephen have taught at Gaia House since 1986. They live in southwest France, and conduct seminars and retreats worldwide.
Martine Batchelor lived as a Sŏn nun in Korea for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go. Her most recent book is The Spirit of the Buddha.
Stephen Batchelor is a writer, teacher and artist. He trained as Sŏn monk in Korea for four years. He is the author of Buddhism without Beliefs, After Buddhism and, most recently, Secular Buddhism. He is a co-founder of Bodhi College.
What is this? Ancient question for modern minds is available from your local bookshop and library suppliers, as well as on Amazon, Book Depository and elsewhere. Trade orders should be sent to Ingrams.
Individual copies can be bought in paperback, Kindle, PDF and ePub formats through the Tuwhiri online store. Small quantities of the paperback are available at a discount for reading group and course use through our online store.
Martine and Stephen Batchelor have generously waived royalty payments for What is This? All proceeds from the book will go to The Tuwhiri Project.
Institutional orders can be supplied on invoice if submitted on official order forms or departmental stationery to:
The Tuwhiri Project
PO Box 6626
Aotearoa New Zealand
Dimensions : 152 x 229 x 8mm.
Date of publication : 15 May 2019
ISBN : 978-0-473-47497-3
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THE AUSTRALIA LAUNCH
took place on Friday 31st May
at The Buddhist Library & Meditation Centre, Camperdown, NSW
Tuwhiri editorial board member Winton Higgins introduced The Tuwhiri Project, and then the US Zen teacher and author, David Loy, launched What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds. This took place in conjunction with his free public talk titled Personal and social transformation in critical times. The event was organised by The Tuwhiri Project and Sydney Insight Meditators.
The AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND LAUNCH
took place on Wednesday 29th May
at the Friends’ Centre in Mt Victoria, Wellington
Tuwhiri’s publisher, Ramsey Margolis, briefly introduced The Tuwhiri Project, put some questions to co-author Martine Batchelor, and then after Martine fielded questions from those present, Ramsey launched What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds.
This event was organised by The Tuwhiri Project and One Mindful Breath.