We are delighted to share that Tricycle Magazine has launched the first part of a four-part video retreat with Segyu Rinpoche, entitled Awakening the Mind: A Journey for Contemporary Life. Rinpoche presents the four building blocks described in Juniper’s Awakening the Mind: Meditation, Balancing Emotions, Cultivating Compassion and Developing Insight. Part 1 of the online retreat, Awakening the Mind and Meditation, is now available to anyone at the link below. Parts 2-4 will be launched over the next three weeks, and will be available to Tricycle supporting or sustaining members.
The Buddhist Geeks Podcast just posted an interview with Juniper’s Lawrence Levy. Lawrence discusses his journey from Pixar executive and Board member to discovering Buddhism and co-founding Juniper. He also shares Juniper’s vision and plans for the future. The interview can be heard online, or downloaded, on the Buddhist Geeks Web here: Buddhist Geeks interview
At this week’s meditation session Segyu Rinpoche introduced the integrative practices. He described how the purpose of a spiritual path is to take us beyond inner dogmas and habitual patterns of thinking and behavior in order to deeply develop conscious experience. Otherwise, conditioned concepts of who we are—from our communities, cultures, education, upbringing, and so on—limit our vision and lock us into ways of being that can bring stress, hardship and confusion. Continue reading
In a recent talk, Lawrence described three ways in which Buddhist ideas ushered in a new way of thinking. First, they emphasize the importance of the mind to experience. While this may seem more obvious today, it nevertheless remains a profound notion that quality of life is more dependent on quality of mind than we often think. Second, Buddhist ideas believe not just in the importance of the mind to experience but in the potential of the mind for a refined way of being. This way of being takes us beyond merely primal drives to unfold our capacities for serenity, insight, and a vital, positive engagement in life and the world. Continue reading
At a recent Juniper meditation, Christina discussed self-compassion. Compassion for oneself might seem paradoxical, but because the object of compassion is suffering, it includes our own. Self-compassion does not mean self-pity, however. It means finding empathy for our hardships in order to strengthen us inwardly and open our hearts. The benefits of self-compassion are now becoming well documented, and include reducing agitating emotions, shame, and anxiety, and enhancing one’s sense of purpose, self-acceptance, and life satisfaction. Continue reading
This week we celebrate the tenth anniversary of Juniper’s founding in 2003. Before launching publicly in 2009, we spent six years shaping Buddhist methods into a path that would serve the spiritual needs of modern culture. At this week’s Tuesday evening meditation, while celebrating this milestone, Segyu Rinpoche reflected on the meaning of a spiritual path. Continue reading
The function of a spiritual path is to bring vision and meaning to life, and to awaken within us an inexhaustible source of energy and wisdom that nourishes us and others throughout our lives. It should elevate us from isolated beings burdened with life’s hardships to soaring participants in a much larger field of activity. One of the finest expressions of this vision is the ideal of the Bodhisattva, the awakened hero or heroine who commits to a path of inner development not just for his or her own sake but for the sake of others. Continue reading