March 1 // 2 - 5 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center
6287 Arapahoe Ave.
Free and open to the public
Join us for a special celebration honoring the legacy of longtime friend of Naropa, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (“Reb Zalman”). Zalman first arrived at Naropa in 1975 and became the school’s first teacher of Jewish mysticism. When he returned to Naropa twenty years later to occupy the World Wisdom Chair, he had already been acknowledged as one of the world's great spiritual teachers, a pioneer in ecumenical dialogue, and the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. Though Zalman stepped down from the World Wisdom Chair in 2002, he remained on Naropa’s Religious Studies faculty until his retirement in 2004, and continued to give public lectures nearly every year up to the time of his passing in 2014. He was a beloved pillar of the Naropa community who will be sorely missed.
Celebrating Zalman’s ecumenical legacy at Naropa, this special tribute event will include "A Dialogue of Devoutness in Honor of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi," featuring his eminent colleagues Rabbi Arthur Green, Mother Tessa Bielecki, and Pir Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé, and Rabbi Shaul Magid, moderated by our own Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown. Other event highlights include a video screening of Reb Zalman in dialogue with Father Thomas Keating and traditional Turkish Sufi music composed in Reb Zalman's honor by Nessim Isa Enver, as well as tributes by Naropa faculty and staff.
This celebration of Reb Zalman’s legacy is also a culmination of Naropa's Opening the Heart: Contemplative Judaism Weekend. This retreat course will explore teachings and practices of the ancient Hebrew mystical tradition and emphasize contemporary and next-paradigm approaches to the sacred technology of the kabbalah as a map of consciousness and embodied awakening.