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Segyu Rinpoche

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rinpoche earned a degree in electrical engineering at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro while also becoming a master in Brazil’s rich healing tradition. In 1983, Rinpoche moved to the United States and shortly thereafter was recognized by the 98th Gaden Tri Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism’s Gelug School, as a master and holder of a renowned Tibetan Buddhist lineage known as the Segyu.

Rinpoche’s primary teacher was Kyabje Lati Rinpoche (1922-2010), one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most acclaimed masters of recent times and the former abbot of Tibet’s famous Gaden Shartse Monastery. Rinpoche spent over thirty years studying under Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, and other Tibetan masters, and collecting the ancient wisdom, methods and healing practices of Tibetan Buddhist thought. In tandem with this training, Rinpoche extensively studied Tibetan Medicine, in 2013 completing a three year traditional Tibetan Medicine course with the Tibetan Medicine Education Center, Milan, Italy.

Having taught meditation to many students throughout the world, since 2003 Rinpoche has dedicated his efforts to establishing Juniper as an authentic meditation tradition for contemporary culture, and teaching Juniper's founders and others to hold and perpetuate this tradition. Rinpoche also directs the Juniper Integrative Care Clinic and co-develops Juniper's content and practices.

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Hillary Brook Levy

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hillary attended Indiana University and Boston University, where she earned a master’s degree in speech- language pathology. Hillary had a long career as a therapist, which culminated at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California, where she specialized in working with head trauma and stroke patients helping them regain their communication. For over fifteen years Hillary has practiced and studied the path of meditation and healing methods under Segyu Rinpoche. Hillary co-develops Juniper's content and practices. She also teaches meditation at Juniper and works at Juniper Clinic. Hillary lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband, Lawrence, also one of Juniper's co-founders.


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Lawrence Levy

Born in London, England, Lawrence moved to the United States as a teenager. After earning degrees in business at Indiana University and law at Harvard, Lawrence became a partner at Silicon Valley's largest law firm, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, where he built the firm's technology transactions department, the first of its kind. He went on to become chief financial officer at Electronics for Imaging and then executive vice president, chief financial officer and board member at Pixar Animation Studios where he architected Pixar's business strategy and IPO. In 2000 Lawrence left his day-to-day duties at Pixar, remaining on the Board until its sale to Disney in 2006. After leaving Pixar, Lawrence dedicated himself to studying, training in, and writing about meditation methods and their underlying philosophy. Lawrence is a student of Segyu Rinpoche and is the principal writer of Juniper’s content. He teaches meditation at Juniper and gives talks on meditation and its relationship to contemporary life. Lawrence lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife, Hillary, also one of Juniper's co-founders.

In 2016, Lawrence released his first book, To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History. Described by the New York Times as “enchanting,” the book has been translated into thirteen languages, is An Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business and Leadership and remains an Amazon category bestseller. To learn more please visit Amazon or Lawrence’s website.


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Christina Juskiewicz

Born near Chicago, Illinois, Christina was drawn to Buddhist ideas at the age of seventeen. A few years later she traveled to Nepal, where she became ordained as a nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and then went on to study and do meditation retreats in Nepal and India. She soon met Segyu Rinpoche, with whom she has worked for over twenty years as an assistant, a student, and now as a co-founder of Juniper. For many years, Christina saw firsthand the difficulties Westerners encounter as they try to penetrate the path of meditation. Christina is a certified hypnotherapist. She also teaches meditation at Juniper, works at Juniper Clinic and co-develops Juniper's content and practices.


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Pam Moriarty

Born in San Francisco, California, Pam has a degree from Goddard College, has taught instructional design at the University of California Santa Cruz extension, and has been an organizational development consultant. Pam dabbled with meditation training for a number of years and it became a central part of her life after the death of her teenage son. Since 1998, Pam has studied meditation training under Segyu Rinpoche—initially to rebuild her life and now to continually enhance her life and to benefit others. Pam is a grief counselor and runs Juniper's grief counseling services. She also teaches meditations at Juniper and co-develops Juniper’s content and practices. Pam lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband Terry.