The Buddha said:
This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.

THE ONLY THING WE REALLY HAVE IS NOWNESS, IS NOW.

What the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning.

Biography

1948 Born 12th January in London

Alan, 3 years old, with his parents and sister

Alan with his older sister Jean


1959 Failed 11+ examination. (Alan liked to say this to demonstrate the nonsense of grades, exams and marks.)

1964 G.C.E. 'O' Level passes in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English Language, Art and Geography

1966 G.C.E 'A' Level passes in Art, English Literature, Geography

1966-67 Goldsmiths College, School of Art

1967-71 Hull College of Art

1971 Diploma in Art & Design

1971-72 Institute of Education, London

1972 Art Teacher's Certificate, Distinctions awarded in both Theory and Practice of Education


1972-75 Teacher at King Alfred School (8 - 11 year old boys and girls). During this time Alan was involved outside school hours in the Parent / Staff committee, became the elected representative of the staff on the governing council of the school, formed a chess club in the school, organising competitions internally and with other schools in the area, and was building an electronic binary computer for use in the lower school.

Alan: I chose to teach primary-aged children partly because I discovered that children are not naturally specialists at this age, that their natural motivation was to explore and discover within their whole environment and I felt a great empathy with that attitude since my own interests are very varied.
1975-79 Teacher at Fleet School

1977 Alan became interested in Chinese philosophy whilst studying art in London and Hull. After 7 years as a primary teacher, aged 29, he began studying T'ai Chi in London with John Kells, the first Westerner to be recognised as a Master by the Chinese T'ai Chi Chuan Association. Find out more here.


Alan: Some years later I became a t'ai chi teacher, having fallen under the magical spell of t'ai chi practice and wanting to share this with everyone.
At the same time as Alan started t'ai chi, he also began to engage with Tibetan Buddhism, after meeting Venerable Geshe Damcho Yonten. Later he encouraged Alan to move to Bristol to teach t'ai chi.

Alan: I trusted his wisdom and moved. Geshe-la visited Bristol regularly and so I was able to continue receiving teachings. The Lam Rim Buddhist Centre in Wales was able to bring several very high lamas over to from India to give teachings. Teachings I received from the very venerable Kyabje Tsong Rinpoche and the very venerable Pema Gyaltsen Rinpoche were especially powerful influences to turn my mind towards a Buddhist path.
Also, around this time, Alan began studying with a remarkable man, Bob Moore.

Alan: He was remarkable because he was able to see subtle energy around people and had gone through a process of opening and transformation using meditations and exercises which he shared with others in the groups that he held in London and Denmark. His approach incorporated the use of chakras and energy streams around the body to bring forward emotional blockages.

I worked with him for two years and found the experience touched me very deeply. It was a doorway to a process of connecting beyond the emotional blocks that normally prevent us from realising our fully human qualities. There was a shift in sensitivity and a recognition of the more subtle manifestations of ch'i.

  
1981 Lucy is born; Alan becomes a father.

1983 Having been the top student at the British T'ai Chi Chuan Association, Alan Peck moved to Bristol to establish the Natural Way T'ai Chi School, and received final instruction from Dr. Chi Chiang-Tao. He continued to research T'ai Chi with Dr. Shen Hongxun.

1986 Alan decided to go and study with Dr. Chi in Vancouver, Canada. Alan stayed with Dr. Chi in his house and had lessons six days a week.

1986 In April, Alan became a trustee of Lam Rim Bristol, a centre of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, and remained a trustee for over 23 years, until his death. The centre became his 2nd home: he practiced acupuncture on the ground floor, taught T'ai Chi on the first floor and went to Geshe-la's teachings on the top floor.

1990 Alan's book An Introduction to T'ai Chi is first published by Macdonald Optima. The book has been translated into Spanish and, I believe, Hebrew!

Ann McIlraith: I never got to meet him but I feel a deep connection and gratitude to him. It was in his "Introduction To T'ai Chi" that I first read about John Kells and decided that I had to meet and study with him.

Some choices change one's life for ever. Alan's book opened an challenging exciting and continuing journey for me.
1994 Alan began acupuncture studies at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. Here, Alan explains why he became interested in acupuncture:

I have been aware of Qi for a large part of my life and at the same time I have looked for a way to bring this awareness into expression. This interest has centred around my practice of Taiji. For many years I thought that to enjoy good health and fulfil oneself all that anyone needed to do was to practice the Taiji form...

A turning point for me was my meeting with Zhuxing Wang who helped me realise a little more about the nature of blockage. Practicing JiQong my experience of myself and others began to change. I cannot say if I began to notice the sickness of my Taiji students or that recently more sick students have been attracted to the classes but I have been thinking for some time that I want to offer them more help than I can through teaching Taiji.
1997 Licentiate in Acupuncture (LIC AC). Alan was admitted to Associate Membership of the British Acupuncture Council and became entitled to use the designatory letters MBAcC.

2002 Postgraduate clinical training in Chinese Herbal Patent Remedies, College of Integrated Chinese Medicine
Liz Tunks: Alan treated me with acupuncture for the past 5 years at Lam Rim and helped me so much to get well again after an illness, not just with acupuncture but Tai Chi, exercises, diet, etc. He was the most amazingly talented person - he is such a huge loss to me personally as he was a great therapist but also to the world as a whole - there cannot be many people out there who knew as much as he did in his field. I think that is why everyone who knew him is so shocked. I will never forget Alan and the things he has taught me I will always remember - there's not much better accolade that I could give him - he was one of the few people who "walked his talk"!


2002-04 Foundation of Buddhist Thought course, FPMT

For many years Alan sponsored Yonten Phuntsok, a Tibetan Buddhist monk in exile.


It delighted me beyond measure to receive another sponsorship money through Tibet Foundation. Thank you very much from the core of my heart for your unwavering support. As always, I include you in my prayers for your well being and happiness. I hope this letter finds you doing well and in perfect harmony with people and places you are associated to.

With best wishes and prayers,
Yonten Phuntsok [25th Aug 06]


2007 Alan goes to Mundgod, India, to the Dalai Lama's teachings and the inauguration of the New Assembly Hall of Drepung Loseling Monastery. He stays 3 weeks at Gya House - see here.

You were very kind for us. We never forget your kindness and ever pray for long life and peaceful life. You are very kind to helping us in our needful days. So, I would like to say on behalf of all Gya Khamtsen monks very very thanks.


Alan: "India was transforming in ways that I can say I do not understand fully. I can say that I do not feel the same nor do I see anything the same.

We spent about six hour or more per day with the Dalai Lama and there were many hundreds of monks all generating the most powerful atmosphere of love, compassion and happiness. The enduring message was simply 'be happy.' All the methods and teachings have this aspiration to help us find lasting happiness rather than the mistaken transient and unsatisfying kind we so easily seek...

Living with the monks was inspiring. I try to copy their no fuss, get on with it approach to tasks - it really works for me to leave my mind relaxed and happy."

Alan with some of his students

2008 Alan and Paula get married in December.

Alan: I found the love of my life just after Christmas at Heathrow airport on my way to India to receive teachings from H.H. Dalai Lama! Paula has the same Tibetan teacher as myself but we had never met before, although she says she had noticed me when I visited her Buddhist centre in Corsham. So, we had three weeks in India together at Drepung monastery and were rarely apart from each other and have been together ever since. She is Portuguese and has a fourteen year old son. We have so much in common and enjoy our passions for life with so much laughter and fun.

2010 Alan was taken to hospital Sun 28th February 2010
It was a full moon, and the Buddha's Day of Miracles. He died 3 days later, on the 3rd day of the 3rd month, during an operation. The cause of death: Type A Aortic Dissection.


All donations in appreciation of Alan's life were sent to Gyakham Khangtsen in Drepung Loseling Monastery.