About the Site Author
My name is Anthony Fidler. I'm now 45 and have been passionate about Vipassana and Zen meditation for the past 18 years. In 2015 I qualified as a Mindfulness teacher in the UK.
I have also been a serious practitioner of Yang & Chen Style Tai Chi over the same period.
I also have a deep interest in energy based bodywork and healing. I practice and share Akinobu Kishi's Sei Ki.
Vipassana Meditation, Zen and Mindfulness
I picked up my first spiritual book, in a £1 book bin outside a shop in Cambridge in 1990, while I was a student there. It turned out to be a Zen book - 'The Transmission of the Lamp' and was a translation of the enlightenment conversations between Chinese Chan (Zen) Masters as they passed the lineage on from one to the next, opening their minds with incomprehensible strange phrases and gestures.
It sat on my book shelf and for a while, my brother's, for over seventeen years unread, until finally I awoke to an intense excitement to read it, while out in Asia. I couldn't wait to fly home and pick it up and returned to China with it soon after, to read it a few lines at a time over many months.
I had a strong Burmese Vipassana practice from 1997 - 2001 and along with my Tai Chi this formed the focus of my life during these years, apart from English teaching which came to the fore in 2000 / 2001.
I felt an urge to explore Mahayana after this, and touched the edges of Tibetan Buddhism and Zen for many years until in 2009, I found myself unexpectedly at a Zen Centre in South India. I stayed there for two months in 2009 and continued my journey with the same teacher in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 when I felt able to take the plunge and make a commitment to the Sangha. I've since made long stays in 2014 and 2015. This is a part of my life and who I am.
I qualified as a Mindfulness Teacher with Breathworks in the UK between September 2013 and October 2015.
Yang & Chen Tai Chi
I've been very fortunate over the years to have been able to carry out most of my Tai Chi training intensively in China, on a personal basis with good teachers.
My Tai Chi encompasses both Yang and Chen and I'm passionate about both.
I practiced Simplified Yang 24 & Competition 42 for ten years, but switched over to Traditional Yang Long Form in 2009. Yang 85 (108) is a beautiful form to do.
I also practised Chen Lao Jia 74 from 2005, eventually studying with Chen Zhao Sen, but switched to Chen Xiao Jia 64 (Chen Xin Style) in 2011, in the Kaifeng Lineage. Again it is a beautiful form and perhaps I will to teach it one day.
Tai Chi hasn't come easily for me. In fact I would say I was so uncoordinated and broken in my energy flow that I was literally ill and the learning path has been really hard but in recent years, it has become much easier. Great changes are possible in life, with some effort and heart.
This journey has left me with a lot of experience and patience for teaching the Tai Chi and I am excited about sharing it with others in the future.
Sei Ki, Thai Sei Ki
I have had an interest in energetic bodywork for many years, in particular Akinobu Kishi's Sei Ki. I first met him in 2004 and continued to study with him whenever I could until his death in 2012.
This has been a deep and rich journey. For many years it was just about my own personal exploration, but I started sharing it with others in 2013 and have taught many Sei Ki workshops since then.
I also offer Sei Ki as a therapeutic treatment on a private basis.
I decided to continue my bodywork education within Thai massage and am in an ongoing process of exploring it, through occasional courses with Sunshine school in Chiang Mai.
This is already influencing my Sei Ki treatments and so I am calling my work Thai Sei Ki.
At heart I am a traveller. I am British and am settling in Europe now.
Still something inside me feels at home in India, the Himalayas, Nepal, Tibet and China and everything I do seems to be inspired by the connections I've made on my many journeys in these regions.
I am only now in my forties starting to find myself in my work which I see as being a manifestation in the West of my ongoing life in the East.
My name in Chinese is 'Eastern Peace' and I aspire to live up to it.