Segyu Rinpoche had been trained at the highest levels of Tibetan Gelugpa tradition, spending over 25 years under the tutelage of Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most renowned masters. Yet he understood that, to plant this tradition in contemporary life would require something different, a new approach that dropped the religious and cultural artifacts of the past and spoke to Western sensibility. Also drawn to this quest were four of his students, each one dedicated not just to learning this path but to discovering how to bring it to contemporary culture. Each believed that the path of meditation is a timeless endeavor to cultivate the very best in human potential and that, as the world wrestles with integrating new knowledge and human experience, this path will have a tremendous amount to offer. Therefore, beginning on January 14, 2003, Juniper’s five co-founders set out to examine how to accomplish the task of bringing it to modern life.
Ten years later, the result is Juniper, a meditation school in which the wisdom and experience of a long-standing meditation tradition are presented in a secular form, tailored to contemporary culture, knowledge, sensibility and psychology. The cultural and religious wrapper have been shed, and the heart of the practices upheld, all the while respecting that the essence of this path is about undoing limiting dogmas and unlocking the mind’s potential to soar joyfully and freely in an ever changing world.
Juniper's story continues to unfold. In 2009 we opened a meditation hall in Redwood City, California, in 2011 we launched an integrative care clinic in Palo Alto, California, and in 2014 we are offering new workshops and courses designed to enable individuals anywhere to engage this path. We invite you to be part of it.