The Naropa University seal was designed by Naropa's founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche,
on whose teachings the school's philosophies are based. The meaning of the seal is
based in Buddhist wisdom and represents values important to the community at Naropa
- The Sanskrit words written in Tibetan on the ribbon at the bottom of the seal—prajna
garbha—literally mean "womb of wisdom," but translate more loosely as "place where
wisdom is nurtured."
- The word prajna—meaning wisdom—differs from the traditional academic view of knowledge.
Often defined by Trungpa Rinpoche as "knowingness," prajna encompasses something greater
than just the accumulation of facts and information, it signifies connection and insight.
- Literally, prajna is the flame that burns conceptual mind. The flames surrounding
the seal create a mandala and boundary around the learning space. That space requires
unconditional commitment to learning without a personal agenda.
- The Wheel of Dharma, or Wheel of the Teachings, appears at the center of the seal
and signifies the power, communication, and reach of education.
- The Wheel of Dharma has another significance: a great monarch could roll his or her
chariot wheels over great distances, spreading teachings and understanding into the
world at large.
- At the center of the Wheel of Dharma is the "coil of joy," which symbolizes the transformation
of the three "poisons" (passion, aggression and ignorance) into the three "wisdoms"
(appreciation, clear seeing and openness).