Juniper and the Middle Way
In Part 4 of To Pixar and Beyond I describe my journey into meditation and the ideas of the Middle Way, and how I came to be a co-founder of Juniper Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing these ideas to contemporary life. The more I am engaged in this work, the more convinced I am of its potential to bring much needed harmony and wellbeing to our world.
Juniper is a meditation lineage that offers a system of ideas and practices to help us break down inner resistance and grow, as individuals, as communities, as a people. In the following pieces I share more about these ideas. You can also learn more on Juniper’s Website.
The Juniper Story
From 1994 to 2002, in a small country house in Sebastopol, California, Segyu Choepel Rinpoche, a renowned, Brazilian born Tibetan Buddhist master, operated a traditional Tibetan Buddhist center. In 2003, Segyu Rinpoche put the activities of his center on hold and began a working retreat with four of his students to examine how the methods he was teaching might be more accessible in contemporary life. The result was Juniper.
Meditation and its Benefits
The premise of meditation is that inner freedom arises from inner stability, not the gyrations of our emotions. By strengthening the mind in the proper way we can create the inner momentum to transform our experience and gain new levels of clarity, awareness and joy.
Introducing the Middle Way
The premise of the Middle Way is that the mind is prone to rigid, extreme ways of thinking that bring us considerable hardship. By learning to go beyond this inner rigidity, we can discover an inner freedom that will open the door to a more harmonious, fluid, open way of being.