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Meet the Artist Talk & Reception:

Spirit Guides by Annette Coleman, Brenda Ferrimani, Johanna Mueller

April 4, 2017 // 5:30-8:00 p.m

Paramita Gallery // 3247 30th Street, Boulder, CO

Exhibition on display: March 6 - April 21, 2017

Spirit: a supernatural being or essence.

Guide: one that leads or directs another's way.

Not until the 13th century was our word dream used in the sense of “a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep.” The word itself is considerably older. In Old English dream means “joy,” “noise,” or “music.” Yet the change in meaning did not come from the development of a more specialized sense. Rather it appears that after many Scandinavian conflicts, conquests, and settlements in Britain the Old Norse draumr, meaning “a dream during sleep,” influenced the meaning of the etymologically related, English word. By the end of the 14th century the earlier meanings had been entirely replaced.

The exhibit by Annette Coleman, Brenda Ferrimani & Johanna Mueller explore and lead the viewer into this world of sprites, animal totems and universes from afar.


Women, Earth, and Social Justice Series:

Ecolological Consciousness and Climate Justice

April 10 // 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln 4130 // 2130 Arapahoe

During the Spring Semester, we are honoring the important connections between women, justice, and the natural world. Scholarship-activist Asoka Bandarage is author of Women, Population and Global Crisis, Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society and the Economy and numerous other publications on global Political-economy, ethno-religious conflict, South Asia, gender, population, ecology and Buddhism. 


Painting Enlightenment: The Art and Science of the Heart Sutra

Slide Lecture by Dr. Paula Arai

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 // 7:00 p.m. 

Nalanda Event Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue


Japanese biologist and visionary artist Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) painted the resonances he discovered between scientific and Buddhist views of reality. Expressing the interdependent, impermanent, and empty nature of phenomena, he shaped the words of the Heart Sutra––a scripture prized for its concise expression of wisdom and compassion––into imagery drawn from ephemeral beauties of nature, Buddhist cultural life, and microscopic and telescopic wonders.

Paula Arai received her doctorate in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University in 1993. In subsequent years, she taught at Brown, Vanderbilt, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Carleton College. From 2010 to 2013, she served as the section head for LSU’s Philosophy and Religious Studies department. She is also a member of LSU faculties of Asian Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.


Naropa University Peace Studies presents


Restorative Justice: A Justice that Heals

April 12, 2017 // 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Naropa University Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO

FREE Registration


A new paradigm of justice is dawning on the historical stage. A justice that seeks not to punish, but to heal. A justice that is not about getting even, but about getting well. A justice that is a healing ground rather than a battle ground. A radically inclusive justice that elevates historically marginalized voices rather than silencing them. A justice that seeks to transform broken lives, relationships, and communities rather than damage them further. Fania will share the story of her life's journey as both justice warrior and healer. She will discuss the indigenous origins of Restorative Justice as well as its fundamental principles and practices. She will also address Restorative Justice's promise and pitfalls in the movement to interrupt racialized mass incarceration and generally its potential to transform our culture from a culture of harm to a culture of healing.

Free Registration


MFA Thesis Festival

6 Shows, 3 Weeks

Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO



April 20, 21, 22 // 7:30 p.m.

4:20: The Hymns of Ginsberg
or Ginsberg Gets Stoned.

In collaboration with the ghost of Allen Ginsberg: America, Russia, China, love, hate, sex and the grotesque come together in this interdisciplinary performance.

A Bodhi Ode

A journey to empowerment of, and through, voice.


April 27, 28, 29 // 7:30 p.m.

Ancient Creatures

Exploring our stars and their myths in 12 chapters.

The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise:
Youth is Not the Only Thing That’s Sonic

A modern folktale about our collective longing for the extraordinary, and the mundanity of life.


May 4, 5, 6 // 7:30 p.m.

The Sisters DeCantate

Chekhov’s Three Sisters find themselves in a grungy, old jazz bar to sing the smoky, grey incantations of their souls.

Those Who Attend Your Funeral

An invitation into the lives of those that we lead behind, and the impact we have on them.


Experience Naropa Open House

April 21, 2017 // 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Naropa University, Boulder CO

On April 21, Naropa University will throw open its doors to prospective graduate and undergraduate students from across the country and around the world at Experience Naropa – a whirlwind of activity designed to open minds, spark creativity, and begin to create the bonds of community.

Tour campus, attend sample classes, and meet students and faculty who are changing the world for the better. Come for the answers to your questions, and stick around for an engaging afternoon full of lively activities and passionate people.


Learn how mindfulness and contemplative education become a part of our students' daily lives in and out of the classroom. Discover if Naropa is right for you.


Explore contemplative education first-hand with our wonderful faculty and leave with an understanding of what it's like to attend a Naropa class.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Martha Husick at 303-546-3548 or at admissionsevents@naropa.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.




April 23, 2017 // 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Nalanda Events Center// 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Registration for the workshop is required, as seats are limited 

$20 suggested donation (Naropa University students may attend for free)

Legendary and pioneering American Fiddler and Berklee College of Music Professor Darol Anger (of the David Grisman Quintet, Turtle Island String Quartet) is coming to Boulder! Darol’s Fiddle-ology Workshop with special guest Enion Pelta-Tiller (of Taarka) is for intermediate to advanced bowed string players (violin, viola, cello and mandolin) of any age. Mature beginners will also be respected, and will find much useful information. All participants are expected to play a bit (though not by themselves!), and recording devices are welcome.



Made possible by a grant from the Lenz Foundation


May 1-June 23, 2017 | eNaropa.org

NOTE:  Stay connected as we announce new online programs for the public by visiting eNaropa.org

Mindful at Work: Enhance Well-Being, Collaboration and Results with Authentic Leadership Center director Susan Skjei, the first course offered via eNaropa, is now open for registration. Designed for participants interested in practical and accessible mindfulness tools, the course helps them navigate challenging situations at work with clarity, compassion and confidence. Using a blended combination of self-paced and instructor-led curriculum, beginners as well as experienced mindfulness practitioners are welcome.

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April 28–29, 2017

Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Naropa University, Boulder CO

For over 21 years, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted, yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind.  (Discounts available for the Naropa Community - please watch your e-mail for the promotional codes.)




Transforming the Paradigm

June 1–4, 2017 

Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO
Naropa University

Early Bird Registration Now Open!

As we inevitably face the personal, collective and institutional challenges of living and dying, patients, families, and healthcare professionals are exploring and putting into action new ways of understanding the value of contemplative care. Convene in a community of caretakers for keynotes, presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops and contemplative practices. Continuing Education hours available for nursing and counseling. (Discounts available for the Naropa Community - please watch your e-mail for the promotional codes.)

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Naropa University School of Music


July 27–August 4, 2017

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO
Full Tuition (no credit): $640
1/2 Day Tuition (no credit): $360

Creative Music Workshop is a 9-day intensive that places non-stylistic improvisation at the center of musical learning. Students discover their confidence, discernment and wakefulness through classes in creative process, ensemble, like instruments, meditation, and body-mind practices. For the last 5 days of the intensive, students and faculty present public concerts in the evening, featuring “spontaneous compositions” and works devised during the workshop.

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Ongoing Events

Art Exhibitions

Free and Open to the Public

The Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art.

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Weekly Meditation Instruction

Free and Open to the Public
Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Nalanda Campus// 6287 Arapahoe Avenue // Room 9240

Naropa offers weekly meditation instruction sessions, featuring guided meditation followed by instruction from experienced Naropa faculty members about mindfulness and its application in everyday life.  (Note about dates:  No session prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday, November 23rd and the final session for the semester will be Wednesday, December 7th.)



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