Meditation and Buddhist Studies

Twenty years ago I took time off to study eastern philosophy and meditation. I felt that modern-day life had become too one-dimensional, focused on performance and consumption at the expense of deeper sources of fulfillment.

It wasn’t long before I gravitated to the works of the great Indian and Tibetan Buddhist masters, Saraha, Nagarjuna, Shantideva, Atisha, Je Tsongkhapa and others. I came to see them not as masters from the past but as messengers from the future, heralding a vision for humanity based on unleashing the power of the mind. I wanted to immerse myself in this vision as much as I could.

The particular Buddhist school of these masters is called the Vajrayana, more commonly known as Tibetan Buddhism. Authentic access to Vajrayana practices is very difficult. The cultural barriers are high and it has for the most part been confined to the monasteries of Tibet. I was fortunate to find a rare Western Vajrayana master, Segyu Choepel Rinpoche, who was willing to teach me. I have now been Segyu Rinpoche’s student for almost twenty years, and I continue to dedicate much of my time to studying and practicing this tradition.

The Vajrayana is like an ocean of inner learning and insight. One can stand on the shore and enjoy the lap of the waves, or one can find a worthy vessel and take a journey to explore its many depths.  Although I have no claim to any mastery in my own right, I would be privileged to help the essence of the Vajrayana flourish in our culture. I believe it would be of great benefit to many generations to come.

Please feel free to drop me a line if you’d like to learn more, or visit the Website of Juniper Foundation, an organization I cofounded that supports Segyu Choepel Rinpoche and the flourishing of this tradition in modern life.