Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education
Students Meditating

Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE)

Serving as a hub for the study and development of contemplative education, Naropa University’s Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education is an international resource for educators at Naropa and beyond to expand their knowledge and experience of contemplative education.

The center offers colloquia, conferences, and trainings; hosts visiting scholars; supports research initiatives and faculty development; and is assembling a library on contemplative research and education. Through collaborations and partnerships with other institutions, CACE promotes the ongoing dissemination and development of contemplative education.

 

CACE Mission

The mission for CACE is to provide the following:

  • greater constructive leadership in vision and articulation of the meaning, outcomes, and best practices of contemplative education;
  • greater effectiveness in offering this education in all its aspects to our students, both graduate and undergraduate;
  • greater strategic thinking about Naropa University’s role in leading and guiding the future of contemplative higher education in North America and beyond.
Judith Simmer-Brown

Faculty Spotlight

"Within higher education, many universities are now researching the neuroscience of contemplative practice, mindfulness, and compassion, and CACE will be a crucial resource."

— Judith Simmer-Brown
Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies and chair of the CACE Faculty Council

CACE History

Initially created as a pilot program through a grant from the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism, the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education is now providing important leadership in the growing contemplative education movement.

The center has been made possible through the generous support of the Schocken Foundation, the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism, and individual donors.