Miles Kessler biography
Miles Kessler Sensei is a teacher of Aikido (6th Dan, Aikikai), Vipassana meditation and Integral Practice. He is a dual lineage holder in the Japanese “Iwama Aikido” tradition and the Burmese “Mahasi” school of Vipassana meditation.
Miles lived in Japan for 8 years training at the famous Iwama dojo under the guidance of Morihiro Saito Sensei, serving for one year as Iwama dojo "uchi-deshi" (live-in apprentice). He began teaching Aikido while in Japan and has taught extensively in Asia, New Zealand, Europe, the Mid-East and the United States. In 2005 Miles moved to Israel to live and teach.
Miles is the founder of “Aikido Without Borders”, a non-profit committed to countering cultures of violence through children’s aikido programs in disadvantaged communities in Israeli and Palestine.
In 2009 Miles founded the Integral Dojo - Tel Aviv, a center committed to supporting individuals and the culture they live in towards greater growth and integration through practices engaging the body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Since 1995 Miles has been a practitioner of Vipassana meditation in the Mahasi tradition of Burma. He lived at the Panditarama International Meditation center for 2 years, practicing under the guidance of his preceptor Sayadaw U Pandita. In 2005 Miles completed his formal Vipassana training in the Mahasi tradition under the guidance of Sayadaw U Vivekananda at the Panditarama Int. Meditation center in Lumbini, Nepal.
Miles regularly leads Aikido seminars, meditation retreats, and Integral Practice workshops in Israel, Europe and the U.S.