Book reading group starts January 2024

Book reading group starts January 2024



What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds

by Martine and Stephen Batchelor

Sundays from 21 Jan through 28 Apr 2024 on Zoom

PLUS a Q&A session with Martine Batchelor on 5 May 2024


What is this? by Martine and Stephen Batchelor front cover

A series of talks given by Martine and Stephen Batchelor during a Sŏn (Chan/Zen) retreat in England, What is this? leads us through the practice of radical questioning at the heart of this Korean Buddhist tradition, showing how anyone at all can benefit from this form of radical inquiry today.

Stephen and Martine show how a practice with its origins in China 1000 years ago can meld with insights from the natural sciences, classical and modern western philosophy, Romantic poetry, and early Buddhism.

Facilitated by Gaia House teacher, Tony O’Connor, this reading group will discuss one chapter each week on Zoom for 14 weeks, with no session on Easter Sunday. 


Session start times in a range of time zones

  • Hawaii 9am HST
  • US/Canada west coast 11am PST
  • US/Canada east coast 2pm EST
  • London 7pm GMT
  • Paris 8pm CET
  • Sydney 6am AEDT the next day
  • Wellington 8am NZDT the next day

Facilitator Tony O’Connor has been practicing meditation since the mid 1990s in both the Insight Meditation and Korean Sŏn traditions, trained under the guidance of Martine Batchelor, and completed the Bodhi College Dharma Teacher Training Programme in 2022.

He lives in Cornwall and is interested in exploring how dharma teachings inform the issues of our time, and can be integrated into our daily lives.

While there is no fixed fee to take part, to confirm your place in the group we ask that you send USD $40 by PayPal to This will be returned to you after the second session. At the end of the course, dana will be collected for the facilitator and the two authors.

You can purchase What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds in our online store. To get 10% off the paperback and digital versions of What is this? use code MBSBten in Tuwhiri’s online store (until 31 Jan 2024).

To download the free Guide for reading group and individual study click here

To take part
For more info and to reserve your place send us an email.

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