Introduction to Mindfulness
Meditation in Daily Life
an Online Course
with Martine Batchelor
14 November – 10 December, 2017
Martine Batchelor, renowned international teacher and popular author of 8 books on meditation practice, is offering an interactive online course on mindfulness.
There are many courses on mindfulness and meditation practice available now, with teachers ranging in varying degrees of experience.
But to have the opportunity to learn from a teacher with as much wisdom, depth, clarity and understanding as Martine is invaluable.
With over 4 decades of teaching experience, including years as a Zen Nun in South Korea, this is truly a unique opportunity to gain wise support in establishing and maintaining your meditation practice.
Martine is a wise elder among Dharma teachers. As well as her deep experience and decades of dharma practice, she has a profound love of exploring life. Martine’s courses offer a way to make her curiosity your own as she leads you on a journey of discovery through your own mind and life.
— Martin Aylward
Mindfulness and Meditation in Daily Life
Mindfulness is being investigated both scientifically and medically and it has shown great benefit to a wide variety of people in different situations, whether it be young people in school, people stressed with work or life situations, or those with various illnesses like depression.
There are different programmes designed to help different conditions. In this course Martine Batchelor would like to make mindfulness and meditation accessible to everyone so that it can benefit anyone whether facing a difficult condition or not.
Martine presents mindfulness and meditation in the simplest and clearest way so that it is easy to understand and to practice at home and in all situations that you may encounter in life.
The aim of the course is for participants to know and understand the essence of mindfulness and meditation, to learn the different ways to practise them and to be able to use this learning in daily life.
The intention is to provide a map and a framework through which one will be able to develop and experience more stability, balance, wisdom and compassion for one’s own benefit and the benefit of others.
Module 1: What is mindfulness?
In the first module, Martine will explore different aspects of mindfulness:
- understanding intention
- being conscious in a focused vs general way
- developing stable and balanced attention.
She will also explore a specific attribute of mindfulness that works as a bridge to mindfulness off the cushion, that of being caring and careful.
The guided meditation will be a detailed exploration of mindfulness of the breath.
At the end of the module she will give some practical exercises in order to cultivate mindfulness of the breath in daily life.
Martine will also be giving instruction on how mindfulness of the breath can relieve stress at difficult times and help to develop better sleeping patterns.
Module 2: How to meditate
In the second module Martine will present the process of meditation in depth:
- How does it work?
- In what way is it effective?
- How can it help you?
She will also point out the different ways to meditate and will explain in detail the basis of Buddhist meditation: concentration and inquiry (samatha and vipassana).
She will show the difference between the cultivation of meditation and the effect of meditation.
The guided meditation will be focused on mindfulness of the body using a detailed examination of different sensations in the body. We will look at how sensations are always changing due to different conditions and how they can also change within themselves.
This will help us to meet the ups and downs of daily life in a clear and stable manner.
Martine will provide further exploration of how mindfulness of the body can help us in daily life.
Module 3: Mindfulness and Compassion
The third module will look at the connection between mindfulness and compassion.
First Martine will show that we can cultivate mindfulness and compassion directly or indirectly.
Then she will look in depth at the practice of the Four Beneficial Qualities (brahmaviharas):
- loving kindness
- appreciative joy
She will explore their tremendous depth and how they can become living qualities in our lives.
The guided meditation will be on loving-kindness meditation using certain helpful phrases.
The exercise will involve instruction on how to use this type of meditation to support our relationship to ourselves and others.
Module 4: Daily Life Practice
The fourth module will look at the different aspects of how to cultivate mindfulness and meditation in daily life.
Martine will present how to meditate formally and informally in different conditions and contexts.
This session will consider mindfulness at work and in relationship, and also the importance of meditative listening in our communication.
Meditative listening will be explored at length and will show how our conversations can become creative dialogue and enhance our relationships.
The guided meditation will be on listening mindfully to sounds.
This can be a profound discovery as it is a very spacious and open way to meditate. It can allow you to develop enhanced receptivity, to have a deeper relationship to the sounds surrounding us, and connect us to the music of life.
The exercises will be on how to use meditative listening in everyday life, at work and in nature.
The course will unfold over 4 weeks beginning 14 November, 2017.
The 4 online teaching modules will be interspersed with 4 live sessions with Martine where you can bring your questions and comments and dialogue with her through our unique live interactive video platform.
Released every Tuesday
9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK, 6pm CET
These can be watched on demand at your own schedule once they are released.
Live Interactive Sessions
Your chance to see and speak with Martine, gain clarity on the content and how you are understanding or struggling with it. You’ll also benefit by seeing how other participants are progressing, and learn from their questions in a supportive group environment.
Sun 19 Nov / 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK, 6pm CET
Sun 26 Nov / 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK, 6pm CET
Mon 4 Dec / 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK, 6pm CET
Sun 10 Dec / 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK, 6pm CET
All live sessions will be recorded. And all course content will be made available for as long as you need it.
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 1984.
Following Master Kusan’s death she returned her nun’s vows and left Korea. 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.
With her husband she co-leads meditation retreats worldwide. They now live in France.
Martine is also an avid photographer, capturing the detail of everyday life from a unique perspective. The photographs on this page were all taken by Martine.
Books by Martine
She is the author of Meditation for Life (1996), Let Go (2007), Women in Korean Zen (2007) and The Spirit of the Buddha (2010), among others.
Option to pay in 3 monthly instalments of $35
Limited scholarships are available.
Click here for more details on how to apply.