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Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
How can being a Zen nun change the lives of women? Martine Batchelor was a French woman living in the countryside of France. She is a type of person who is very interested in politics. Hence, she once decided to be a journalist. At the age of eighteen to twenty-two, she wanted to travel the world and experienced a different culture.
The spiritual life of Martine Batchelor started when she got interested in meditation and then got herself to live for ten years in South Korea’s meditation hall. When Martine Batchelor arrived in South Korea’s nunnery, she met a few nuns and even met Master Kusan who made her impressed which motivated her to become a nun (Batchelor and Sunim 10). Hence, it was the start of Martine Batchelor to realize that she wanted to be a Zen nun. When Martine Batchelor was ordained to be a nun, one of the nuns that she met is Son’gyong Sunim. Though Martine Batchelor is really different from Son’gyong Sunim, both of them have the same interest and passion which is the Buddhist meditation as well as becoming a Zen nun. Martine Batchelor is a woman who started to be rebellious just to find herself in the middle of France and England where she first started her life. On the other hand, Son’gyong Sunim is a very humble and kind woman who seemed to have the strength and wisdom in terms of Buddhism (Batchelor and Sunim xiv). It was even cited by Batchelor and Sunim that “her being is her awakening, and her poems express this clearly. They are evocative, pithy, and direct and show fully her power as a realized woman” (xv). ...
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