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ISSUES in education:

The 2018 Mary Culkin Lecture Series

The Contemplative Education Department at Naropa University offers this public lecture series, developed in memory of the late Mary Louise Culkin, who taught in our Early Childhood Education program for many years and helped to develop the Master's Degree in Contemplative Education.  Through this series we learn from regional and national leaders in the field of education. Naropa invites you to become connected to the larger educational community.

The lecture series is open to all interested members of the community.


Musings on the Natural Mindfulness of Children

Wednesday, March 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Naropa University, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, room # 9235, Boulder, CO 80302
Cost: $10.00 Training Credit Available

Children are endowed with a precious capacity for wonder, awe and reverence. What are they doing when they see the world so luminously and how can we learn to see the world their way more often.

Presented by Dee Joy Coulter.



BA Contemplative Psychology Meet & Greet

Thursday, March 8, 2018 // 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Arapahoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 

Join us for a meet and greet of Naropa University's BA Contemplative Psychology department. Tours of the Consciousness Laboratory and Cognitive and Affective Science Lab will begin promptly at 6:30p.m. from Wulsin Hall at the Arapahoe Campus.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet faculty, Jordan Quaglia and Peter Grossenbacher, and current BA Contemplative Psychology students over pizza following the tour.

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.



Friday, March 9, 2018 // 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO Naropa University

On March 9, 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 prior to the event.


Compassion without limit: dzigar kongtrul rinpoche

Friday, March 9, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. // Saturday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. // Sunday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Ave.
$215 Entire Weekend ($190 Senior)
$20 Friday Talk 
$100 Saturday
$100 Sunday


This course introduces spiritual practices and meditation, with talks by and discussion with Kongtrul Rinpoche, who taught for five years as Naropa faculty and was the first to hold Naropa's World Wisdom chair.

The foundation of Mahayana Buddhism is compassion that extends to every living being without exception. This universal compassion underlies all the methods that help us fully develop the potential of our human mind and blossom into enlightened beings. But compassion and our other positive emotions, such as kindness and sympathetic joy, need the support of critical intelligence. Without the wisdom eye to guide it, the heart is blind. Without the reasoning that sees how all beings are equal in their wish to be free from suffering, our compassion easily becomes partial. On the other hand, wisdom without compassion lacks the warmth necessary for us to progress along the path and overcome challenges. Therefore, wisdom and compassion must guide one another, like two people in a harmonious marriage. This union of wisdom and compassion is the true practice of the bodhisattva.

There will be a lunch break at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday.

Please note that lunch will not be provided so be prepared to bring your own or travel to a nearby cafe or restaurant. There is an authentic Mexican restaurant across the street from Nalanda. All other options are at least a 15 minute walk to 10 minute drive.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 or kbohan@naropa.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.



Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. 

Monday, March 19 // 7:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 20:

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Symposium: Embodied Poetics with Rickey Laurentiis, Jordan Scott & Divya Victor 

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. - MFA Students Embodied Poetics Reading 

7:00 p.m. - Symposium Evening Reading with Rickey Laurentiis, Jordan Scott, Divya Victor and Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean poet, artist, and filmmaker based in New York and Santiago. Her work is noted for themes of language, memory, decay and exile. Critics also note the relevance of her work to the politics ecological destruction, cultural homogenization, and economic disparity, particularly the way in which such phenomena disenfranchise the already powerless.Her commitment to feminist forms and methodologies is considered to be a unifying theme across her diverse body of work. The term eco-feminism can be considered an explanation of her practice that has long linked gender injustice with ecological destruction.

Vicuña was born and raised in Santiago de Chile in 1948. She received her MFA from the University of Chile in 1971 and moved to London in 1972 to attend the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1973 she went into exile in London, in following the death of President Salvador Allende and the 1973 Chilean coup d'état led by General Augusto Pinochet.

Vicuña published her debut poetry collection, Saborami (Beau Geste Press) in 1973. In 1980, she moved to New York City, and the following year, her work was included in a group show at the Modern Museum of Art entitled “Latin American Video.” Her second poetry collection, Precario/Precarious (Tanam Press, 1983) received the Line II Award for Best Artist Book of the Year.She is the author of several additional poetry collections, including Instan (Kelsey Street Press, 2002) and Unravelling Words & the Weaving of Water (Graywolf Press, 1992).
Vicuña is known for her multi-dimensional works spanning poetry, film, sculpture, and performance. Her art, including her “precarious works,” ephemeral installations that she has been creating since 1966, has been displayed in museums, galleries, and natural spaces around the world, including the Whitney Museum in New York City and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. In her work, she often addresses the political and social struggles of her home country while negotiating the ancestral and the avant-garde. Her art is compiled and discussed in Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), edited and translated by Rosa Alcalá.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charmain Schuh at 303-546-3593 or cschuh@naropa.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.


APRIL 3-MAY 8, 2018

Tuesdays, April 3-May 8 // 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Lincoln Lecture Hall, Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder

Compassion is one of the great human virtues, the ground and basis for altruistic behavior. Modern scientific research suggests that compassion can be fostered and trained, both to enhance personal well-being, happiness and resilience and to benefit others.

This program draws on mindfulness and compassion practices from wisdom traditions, in particular from Buddhism, as well as the findings of neuro- and social science. The training is deeply experiential and introduces contemplative and somatic practices through which you will explore the emotional quality of various forms of compassion and related behaviors. Our study is supported by readings on modern and ancient views on compassion as it functions within the individual, groups and communities.

The training will expand and refine your understanding of compassion and identify ways to support compassionate behavior in your personal, social and professional life.

Key topics include: Mindfulness · Self-compassion · Loving-kindness · Empathy · Resilient compassion · Somatic (embodiment) compassion practices · Staying attuned to the suffering of others while avoiding burn-out · Is compassion always nice?

The course is taught by a team of Naropa University faculty who draw on their decades of teaching mindfulness and compassion practices within a variety of disciplines, including psychology, Buddhist studies, and the arts.

Judith Simmer-Brown HeadshotJudith Simmer-Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies. Author of Dakini’s Warm Breath and editor of Meditation and the Classroom:  Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies. 




Erika Berland Headshot Erika Berland, BPS, Instructor, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance. Author of Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation. 




Jordan Quaglia HeadshotJordan Quaglia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Contemplative Psychology.




Charlotte HeadshotCharlotte Rotterdam, MTS, Instructor, Core College; Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education.

When: Tuesdays, April 3-May 8, 2018; 3-5pm
Location: Lincoln Lecture Hall, Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder

Cost: $195 / $250 (sliding scale)

For questions, please contact Charlotte Rotterdam, crotterdam@naropa.edu



Thursday, April 5, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. // Nalanda Events Center
6287 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO 80301
Cost: $20.00 (Free for Naropa Student, Staff and Faculty with ID)

The Holistic Life Foundation provides thousands of children with training in yoga, mindfulness, and emotional self-regulation encouraging community-wide peace. Students are empowered with tools and skills for peaceful conflict resolution, improved focus and concentration, greater control and awareness of thoughts and emotions, improved self-regulation, as well as stress reduction and relaxation. It is based on yoga, meditation, breathing, tai-chi, centering, and other mindfulness techniques. In turn, these children teach what they have learned to their parents, siblings, neighbors, and friends. HLF is building a movement which began in Baltimore and continues to expand far beyond.

This event is made possible with the support of The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism. 

For more information on the Holistic Life Foundation, check out this Youtube video or their website. 

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 or kbohan@naropa.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.



Ongoing Events

Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education Presents:
Contemplative Dance Practice

Ongoing Series with Barbara Dilley

Spring Dates: February 17, March 3, March 24, April 7, April 14, April 21 

Spring dates: February 17; March 3; March 24; April 7; April 14; April 21.

Contemplative Dance Practice, offered during the 1980 Naropa Institute Summer Session, is a three hour practice when students sit at the interface between meditative disciplines and dance/movement studies. CDP is adapted from the experience of meditation halls and inspired by Dharma Art teachings of Naropa’s founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Over 35 years Naropa’s alumni have taken CDP into the world, and met new environments, cultures, and students, both beginners and experienced. We will explore the original form as well as variations offered by returning alumni. Come as you are. You have everything you need for the journey.

This is a rare opportunity to study and practice with Barbara Dilley, founding Naropa faculty and the creator of Contemplative Dance Practice. The program is part of the Heritage Project which documents, archives and trains in contemplative practices developed uniquely within Naropa’s lineage of contemplative education.

Barbara Dilley (BA, Mt. Holyoke College, ’60), trained in ballet, then studied and performed dance in New York City (1960-1975) with Merce Cunningham Dance Co., Yvonne Rainer, and Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that extended the definitions of improvisation. Moving to Boulder (1974), she designed the Dance / Movement Studies program at Naropa University, served as President (1985-1993), and retired in 2015. Her memoir and handbook, This Very Moment: teaching thinking dancing, 2015, Naropa University Press, is available at www.barbaradilley.com.

Ongoing Practice Series

A committed group meets on Saturdays, 10am-1pm, about twice per month, for contemplative dance practice guided by Barbara Dilley and alumni.

Please attend the intro session on February 3 if you are new to the form.

Space is very limited. Please register early.

Spring dates: February 17; March 3; March 24; April 7; April 14; April 21.

Cost: $120 // Location: Nalanda Dojo (6287 Arapahoe Ave)

Register Now

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam crotterdam@naropa.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the event.


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 Sessions–Spring 2018 Sessions Start on Wednesday, January 17

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. No experience necessary. Come as you are.



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