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Stephen Batchelor (born 7 April 1953) is a Scottish Buddhist author and teacher, writing books and articles on Buddhist topics and leading meditation retreats throughout the world. He is a noted proponent of agnostic or secular Buddhism.

Stephen Batchelor
Stephen Batchelor at Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico
Born (1953-04-07)7 April 1953 (age 68)
NationalityScottish
OccupationBuddhist author, teacher
Spouse(s)Martine Batchelor
Websitewww.stephenbatchelor.org

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Batchelor was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1953. When he was three, his family relocated briefly to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where his parents separated. He returned with his mother Phyllis (b. 1913) to England, where he was raised in a humanist environment with his younger brother David in Watford, Hertfordshire. After completing his secondary education at Watford Grammar School, in February 1972, at the age of eighteen, he embarked on an overland journey which eventually led him to India. He settled in Dharamsala, the capital-in-exile of the Dalai Lama, and studied with Geshé Ngawang Dhargyey at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. He was ordained as a novice monk in the Gelug tradition in 1974. A few months after ordination, he sat a ten-day Vipassana meditation retreat with the Indian teacher S.N. Goenka, which proved a lasting influence on his practice, and aroused his curiosity about other traditions of Buddhism.

He left India in 1975 in order to study Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and doctrine under the guidance of Geshe Rabten, first at the Tibet Institute Rikon then in Le Mont-Pèlerin (both in Switzerland), where he helped Geshé Rabten to establish the Tharpa Choeling (now Rabten Choeling). The next year he received full ordination as a monk. In 1979 he moved to Germany as a translator for Geshé Thubten Ngawang at the Tibetisches Institut, Hamburg.

In April 1981 Batchelor travelled to Songgwangsa Monastery in South Korea to train in Zen Buddhism under the guidance of Kusan Sunim. At the monastery, he met Martine Fages, a Frenchwoman who had ordained as a nun in 1975. He remained in Korea until the autumn of 1984, when he left for a pilgrimage to Buddhist sites in Japan, China and Tibet.

Following the death of Kusan Sunim, Batchelor and Martine Fages disrobed in February 1985 and married in Hong Kong, then returned to England and joined the Sharpham North Community near Totnes, Devon. Over the course of the next fifteen years Batchelor lived at Sharpham, he became coordinator of the Sharpham Trust (1992) and co-founder of the Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry (1996). Throughout this period he worked as a Buddhist chaplain at Channings Wood Prison. From 1990 he has been a Guiding Teacher at Gaia House meditation centre in Devon and since 1992 a contributing editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. In August 2000, he and Martine moved to Aquitaine, France, where they live in a village near Bordeaux.

As a lay Buddhist author, teacher and self-designated scholar, he has increasingly turned his attention to the earliest teachings of Buddhism as recorded in the Pali canon. He also has increasingly turned his attention to Hellenistic philosophies, most particularly the skeptical philosophy of Pyrrhonism and Montaigne's approach to Pyrrhonism.

Batchelor is a member of the core faculty of Bodhi College, which focuses on interpreting the early texts of Buddhism, such as the Pali Canon, in a manner that is applicable to the modern world. He is also a member of the Center for Pragmatic Buddhism's Advisory Board.

Translations by Stephen Batchelor

  • Shantideva. A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. Translated by Stephen Batchelor. Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 1979. ISBN 81-85102-59-7.
  • Rabten, Geshé. Echoes of Voidness. Translated and edited by Stephen Batchelor. Wisdom Publications, 1983. ISBN 0-86171-010-X
  • Rabten, Geshé. Song of the Profound View. Translated and annotated by Stephen Batchelor. Wisdom Publications, 1989. ISBN 0-86171-086-X.
  • Batchelor, Stephen. Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime. Riverhead Books, 2001. ISBN 1-57322-876-1. This is a translation of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way) by Nagarjuna.

MĀRA: A CHAMBER OPERA on good and evil. Libretto by Stephen Batchelor, Music by Sherry Woods. 2017.

  1. Bakewell, Joan (5 April 2013). "British Buddhist Scholars: Stephen Batchelor, a world authority on Buddhism, talks to Joan Bakewell about his belief". BBC Radio 3. Retrieved26 April 2021.
  2. Harris, Dan (2020). "Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris: Buddhism Without Beliefs | Stephen Batchelor". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved26 April 2021.
  3. "Buddhism: Western: Thinkers & Topics, Stephen Batchelor". University at Buffalo: University Libraries. 20 April 2021. Retrieved26 April 2021.
  4. Tippett, Krista (23 April 2020). "On Being. Stephen Batchelor — Finding Ease in Aloneness". WBEZ Chicago NPR News Source. Retrieved26 April 2021.
  5. "After Buddhism: A Conversation with Stephen Batchelor". Yale University Press Official London Blog. 5 January 2016. Retrieved26 April 2021.
  6. Schettini, Stephen (3 April 2011). "An Old Story of Faith and Doubt: Reminiscences of Alan Wallace and Stephen Batchelor". Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Retrieved26 April 2021.
  7. Rotondi, James (6 December 2017). "Buddhist Backlash: Stephen Batchelor Braves The Storm". HuffPost US Edition. Retrieved26 April 2021.
  8. "Rabten Choeling Temple History". 3 January 2016. Retrieved30 April 2021.
  9. Sharpam Trust
  10. Higgins, Winton (2017). "The Flexible Appropriation of Tradition: Stephen Batchelor’s Secular Buddhism." Journal of Global Buddhism 18: 51-67.
  11. Stephen Batchelor's talks on Pyrrhonism: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/169/?search=pyrrho
  12. Stephen Batchelor, The Art of Solitude
  13. https://bodhi-college.org/mission-statement/core-teachers/
  14. Center for Pragmatic Buddhism Archived 20 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. biographical chapters in Stephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. Random House, 2010.
  16. "Very Good Dharma Friends: An Interview with Stephen and Martine Batchelor". Dharma.org. 1996. Retrieved12 August 2007.
  17. "At the Crossroads". Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Fall 2002. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved12 August 2007.
  18. "Awakening to Life, Awakening to Death". Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. 2010. Retrieved25 April 2010.
  19. "MĀRA: A CHAMBER OPERA on good and evil. Libretto Stephen Batchelor. Music Sherry Woods". maraopera.org. Retrieved27 April 2021.
  20. "Recordings". Sherrywoodscomposer. Retrieved27 April 2021.

Interviews and Documentaries

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Stephen Batchelor (author)
Stephen Batchelor author Language Watch Edit This article uses bare URLs which may be threatened by link rot Please consider converting them to full citations to ensure the article remains verifiable and maintains a consistent citation style Several templates and tools are available to assist in formatting such as reFill documentation May 2021 Learn how and when to remove this template message This biography of a living person relies too much on references to primary sources Please help by adding secondary or tertiary sources Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately especially if potentially libelous or harmful April 2021 Learn how and when to remove this template message Stephen Batchelor born 7 April 1953 is a Scottish Buddhist author and teacher writing books and articles on Buddhist topics and leading meditation retreats throughout the world He is a noted 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 proponent of agnostic or secular Buddhism Stephen BatchelorStephen Batchelor at Upaya Zen Center in New MexicoBorn 1953 04 07 7 April 1953 age 68 Dundee ScotlandNationalityScottishOccupationBuddhist author teacherSpouse s Martine BatchelorWebsitewww stephenbatchelor org Contents 1 Biography 2 Bibliography 2 1 Translations by Stephen Batchelor 3 Libretto 4 See also 5 References 6 External links 6 1 Interviews and DocumentariesBiography EditBatchelor was born in Dundee Scotland in 1953 When he was three his family relocated briefly to Toronto Ontario Canada where his parents separated He returned with his mother Phyllis b 1913 to England where he was raised in a humanist environment with his younger brother David in Watford Hertfordshire After completing his secondary education at Watford Grammar School in February 1972 at the age of eighteen he embarked on an overland journey which eventually led him to India He settled in Dharamsala the capital in exile of the Dalai Lama and studied with Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives He was ordained as a novice monk in the Gelug tradition in 1974 A few months after ordination he sat a ten day Vipassana meditation retreat with the Indian teacher S N Goenka which proved a lasting influence on his practice and aroused his curiosity about other traditions of Buddhism He left India in 1975 in order to study Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and doctrine under the guidance of Geshe Rabten first at the Tibet Institute Rikon then in Le Mont Pelerin both in Switzerland where he helped Geshe Rabten to establish the Tharpa Choeling now Rabten Choeling 8 The next year he received full ordination as a monk In 1979 he moved to Germany as a translator for Geshe Thubten Ngawang at the Tibetisches Institut Hamburg In April 1981 Batchelor travelled to Songgwangsa Monastery in South Korea to train in Zen Buddhism under the guidance of Kusan Sunim At the monastery he met Martine Fages a Frenchwoman who had ordained as a nun in 1975 He remained in Korea until the autumn of 1984 when he left for a pilgrimage to Buddhist sites in Japan China and Tibet Following the death of Kusan Sunim Batchelor and Martine Fages disrobed in February 1985 and married in Hong Kong then returned to England and joined the Sharpham North Community near Totnes Devon Over the course of the next fifteen years Batchelor lived at Sharpham he became coordinator of the Sharpham Trust 9 1992 and co founder of the Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry 1996 Throughout this period he worked as a Buddhist chaplain at Channings Wood Prison From 1990 he has been a Guiding Teacher at Gaia House meditation centre in Devon and since 1992 a contributing editor of Tricycle The Buddhist Review In August 2000 he and Martine moved to Aquitaine France where they live in a village near Bordeaux As a lay Buddhist author teacher and self designated scholar 10 he has increasingly turned his attention to the earliest teachings of Buddhism as recorded in the Pali canon He also has increasingly turned his attention to Hellenistic philosophies most particularly the skeptical philosophy of Pyrrhonism 11 and Montaigne s approach to Pyrrhonism 12 Batchelor is a member of the core faculty of Bodhi College which focuses on interpreting the early texts of Buddhism such as the Pali Canon in a manner that is applicable to the modern world 13 He is also a member of the Center for Pragmatic Buddhism s 14 Advisory Board 15 16 17 18 Bibliography EditBatchelor Stephen Alone with Others An Existential Approach to Buddhism Foreword by John Blofeld Grove Press 1983 ISBN 0 8021 5127 2 Batchelor Stephen Flight An Existential Conception of Buddhism Buddhist Publication Society Wheel Publication No 316 317 1984 Kusan Sunim The Way of Korean Zen Translated by Martine Fages Batchelor Edited with an introduction by Stephen Batchelor Weatherhill 1985 ISBN 0 8348 0201 5 2nd Revised Edition Weatherhill 2009 ISBN 1 59030 686 4 Batchelor Stephen editor The Jewel in the Lotus A Guide to the Buddhist Traditions of Tibet Wisdom Publications 1986 ISBN 0 86171 048 7 Batchelor Stephen The Tibet Guide Foreword by the Dalai Lama Wisdom Publications 1987 ISBN 0 86171 046 0 Revised edition The Tibet Guide Central and Western Tibet Wisdom Publications 1998 ISBN 0 86171 134 3 Batchelor Stephen The Faith to Doubt Glimpses of Buddhist Uncertainty Parallax Press 1990 ISBN 0 938077 22 8 Batchelor Stephen Buddhism Without Beliefs Riverhead Books 1997 ISBN 1 57322 058 2 Watson Gay Stephen Batchelor and Guy Claxton editors The Psychology of Awakening Buddhism Science and Our Day to Day Lives Weiser Books 2000 ISBN 1 57863 172 6 Batchelor Martine Meditation for Life Photography by Stephen Batchelor Wisdom Publications 2001 ISBN 0 86171 302 8 Mackenzie Vicki Life as a Question Not as a Fact Stephen Batchelor author teacher and skeptic Why Buddhism Westerners in Search of Wisdom HarperCollins 2003 ISBN 0 00 713146 1 pp 142 62 Batchelor Stephen Living with the Devil A Meditation on Good and Evil Penguin Books Riverhead Books 2005 ISBN 1 59448 087 7 Batchelor Stephen Confession of a Buddhist Atheist Random House 2010 ISBN 0 385 52706 3 Batchelor Stephen The Awakening of the West The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture Foreword by the Dalai Lama Echo Point Books amp Media 2011 ISBN 0 9638784 4 1 Batchelor Stephen A Secular Buddhism Journal of Global Buddhism 13 2012 87 107 Batchelor Stephen After Buddhism Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age Yale University Press 2015 Batchelor Stephen Secular Buddhism Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World Yale University Press 2017 ISBN 978 0 300 22323 1 Batchelor Martine and Batchelor Stephen What is this Ancient questions for modern minds Tuwhiri 2019 ISBN 978 0 473 47497 3 Batchelor Stephen The Art of Solitude Yale University Press 2020 ISBN 0300250932Translations by Stephen Batchelor Edit Shantideva A Guide to the Bodhisattva s Way of Life Translated by Stephen Batchelor Library of Tibetan Works and Archives 1979 ISBN 81 85102 59 7 Rabten Geshe Echoes of Voidness Translated and edited by Stephen Batchelor Wisdom Publications 1983 ISBN 0 86171 010 X Rabten Geshe Song of the Profound View Translated and annotated by Stephen Batchelor Wisdom Publications 1989 ISBN 0 86171 086 X Batchelor Stephen Verses from the Center A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime Riverhead Books 2001 ISBN 1 57322 876 1 This is a translation of the Mulamadhyamakakarika Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way by Nagarjuna Libretto EditMARA A CHAMBER OPERA on good and evil Libretto 19 by Stephen Batchelor Music 20 by Sherry Woods 2017 See also EditMartine Batchelor Buddhism in Europe Christopher Titmuss Secular BuddhismReferences Edit Bakewell Joan 5 April 2013 British Buddhist Scholars Stephen Batchelor a world authority on Buddhism talks to Joan Bakewell about his belief BBC Radio 3 Retrieved 26 April 2021 Harris Dan 2020 Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris Buddhism Without Beliefs Stephen Batchelor Apple Podcasts Retrieved 26 April 2021 Buddhism Western Thinkers amp Topics Stephen Batchelor University at Buffalo University Libraries 20 April 2021 Retrieved 26 April 2021 Tippett Krista 23 April 2020 On Being Stephen Batchelor Finding Ease in Aloneness WBEZ Chicago NPR News Source Retrieved 26 April 2021 After Buddhism A Conversation with Stephen Batchelor Yale University Press Official London Blog 5 January 2016 Retrieved 26 April 2021 Schettini Stephen 3 April 2011 An Old Story of Faith and Doubt Reminiscences of Alan Wallace and Stephen Batchelor Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition FPMT Retrieved 26 April 2021 Rotondi James 6 December 2017 Buddhist Backlash Stephen Batchelor Braves The Storm HuffPost US Edition Retrieved 26 April 2021 Rabten Choeling Temple History 3 January 2016 Retrieved 30 April 2021 Sharpam Trust Higgins Winton 2017 The Flexible Appropriation of Tradition Stephen Batchelor s Secular Buddhism Journal of Global Buddhism 18 51 67 Stephen Batchelor s talks on Pyrrhonism https dharmaseed org teacher 169 search pyrrho Stephen Batchelor The Art of Solitude https bodhi college org mission statement core teachers Center for Pragmatic Buddhism Archived 20 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine biographical chapters in Stephen Batchelor Confession of a Buddhist Atheist Random House 2010 Very Good Dharma Friends An Interview with Stephen and Martine Batchelor Dharma org 1996 Retrieved 12 August 2007 At the Crossroads Tricycle The Buddhist Review Fall 2002 Archived from the original on 27 September 2007 Retrieved 12 August 2007 Awakening to Life Awakening to Death Tricycle The Buddhist Review 2010 Retrieved 25 April 2010 MARA A CHAMBER OPERA on good and evil Libretto Stephen Batchelor Music Sherry Woods maraopera org Retrieved 27 April 2021 Recordings Sherrywoodscomposer Retrieved 27 April 2021 External links EditOfficial website Official biography The Mara Opera Project web site at https MaraOpera org Downloadable talks at Dharmaseed and AudiodharmaInterviews and Documentaries Edit Short documentary film permanent dead link about Stephen Batchelor made for Netherlands TV April 2008 English with Dutch subtitles TV interview on ABC News 9 March 2010 Starting from Scratch A talk with Stephen Batchelor Tricycle The Buddhist Review 2010 Retrieved 2010 03 16 Online video of a talk based on Confession of a Buddhist Atheist Fora tv 19 March 2010 Audio Interview Series on Buddhist Geeks Stephen Batchelor Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stephen Batchelor author amp oldid 1050518385, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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