Radical Compassion Symposium

Join us, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary, for an international gathering focused on one of the most dynamic and important topics of our time: compassion.

Compassion is 'radical' when it moves beyond 'being nice' or giving to our favorite charity, and becomes the very foundation of all our actions, the signature of our society. As a cultural imperative, compassion lays a path to a future free of some of our society's greatest downfalls. It is the root of sustainable, positive change, and the key to meeting the challenges of violence, fear and suffering. Naropa has assembled some of the world's most influential practitioners and leaders to explore this compelling topic at our first ever Radical Compassion Symposium.

Naropa University weaves contemplative practice into all our programs and degrees. The practices of mindfulness and self-awareness awaken us to our fundamental connection to others, and inevitably lead to greater compassion. The contemplatives, scientists, and activists at this event share their work, experience and insights on how to bring compassion into action, and make it a tool for personal and social change.

The Radical Compassion Symposium begins Thursday, October 16, 2014 with an evening keynote at 7 p.m. A variety of keynotes, dialogues, workshops, contemplative practice and community sessions are offered over the course of the weekend. The Symposium will conclude at 1pm on Sunday. Pre-conference day-long intensives are offered on Thursday, October 16.

The Symposium will be held at Naropa University's Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO. Pre-conference intensives are held at the Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St, Boulder, CO.

Buddhist Geeks Conference and the Radical Compassion Symposium are joining to offer the Contemplative Futures Festival, October 16-19. Sit with the masters, dialogue with the innovators, get real with the activists. This collaboration between Buddhist Geeks and Naropa University--two organizations at the forefront of contemplative education and inquiry--present a Festival to probe some of the big questions of our time. Questions that relate to the mind and heart, the spiritual life and the evolution of human culture and technological society.