A Lineage for Modern LifeJuniper’s work involves how that insight and tradition of inner development might take shape in modern times. We are an extension of a long Indo-Tibetan Buddhist lineage, bringing its wisdom and practices into modern culture. Juniper's Segyu Rinpoche was recognized in 1983 by the 98th Gaden Tri Rinpoche as a master and holder of the renowned Tibetan Buddhist Segyu lineage, part of the Gelug school that is the school of the Dalai Lama. Segyu Rinpoche went on to train for over twenty-five years with some of Tibetan Buddhism's most acclaimed masters, providing Juniper the foundation to bring this lineage into modern culture. Beginning in 2003, Juniper set out to examine the differences between Eastern and Western culture, the impact of modern discovery on spiritual practice, the challenges of Western dharma centers, and what it would take to make Buddhist training an accessible spiritual path in modern life.
In the course of this work, we have reviewed many Buddhist texts and commentaries to discern which elements represent the essence of Buddhist thought and which elements are culturally based. We have examined physics, biology, neuroscience, and contemporary philosophy to see where classic Buddhist ideas about the mind and the universe might be restated to conform to modern knowledge. We have adopted a style and methodology that is more suitable to modern sensibility, and we have developed a number of written works that capture these ideas.