Richard C. Brown BA, Knox College MA, The Naropa Institute Graduate Study, Earlham School of Religion Certificate in Elementary Education, University of Denver Richard C. Brown founded the Contemplative Education Department at Naropa University in 1990. The department, which he chairs, adapts wisdom, compassion, and skillful means drawn from Buddhist and holistic education traditions to non-sectarian teacher education. Its programs include a BA in Early Childhood Education, a fifth-year state teacher licensure program, and a low-residency MA in Contemplative Education. After teaching public elementary school, Richard taught seven years during the 1980s at The Vidya School, a Buddhist-inspired K-12 in Boulder. Since then he has been involved in the formation of several contemplative schools, has helped develop Buddhist rites of passage programs, and has published a Buddhist view of child and adolescent spiritual development. Richard has mainly written on various areas of contemplative teacher education including emotion, awareness, and observation.