School of Extended Studies

Naropa University's School of Extended Studies offers a number of non-credit certificates, national and international conferences and continuing education programs. In addition to our on-going certificate program Authentic Leadership, we have co-sponsored conferences such as Wisdom 2.0, Legacy of Wisdom and weekend workshops with Joanna Macy and Michael Meade.

Extended Studies sells a limited number of non-credit seats on our regular academic courses.
View the PDF schedule for further information on courses with seats available to the public. Then register here for the selected courses. If the course has prerequisites or other restrictions as indicated in this schedule, it is strongly encouraged that a non-degree student contact the department or instructor to determine if the student is adequately prepared for the course. If the course specifies that permission of department is required, the student must obtain written permission.


Dzogchen Ponlop RinpocheOpening the Heart: Discourses on Calmness and Compassion

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

REL225W/554W Opening the Heart: Buddhist Meditation Weekend

April 11 -13 2014
Fri. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Attend the Friday Lecture only for $20 at the door
Sat. & Sun.  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Register below for the full weekend

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Being a calm person does not mean having a life with no busyness, stress, or confusion. Becoming a compassionate person does not mean that you don't have frequent episodes of strong anger, jealousy, and craving. If we can connect with a genuine motivation, then any state of mind becomes an ideal basis for connecting with the Buddha's path of taming the mind and training the mind. During this weekend program, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will share how calmness and compassion can be woven seamlessly into our lives, no matter how many plates we have spinning.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a leading modern lineage holder of both the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.  He graduated from the Kagyu monastic university at the top of his class and, is a reincarnation in the Nyingma tradition of practice. He has published extensively and is a skilled teacher, renowned for his humor and philosophical incisiveness. As numerous classes of Naropa students can attest from the courses Ponlop Rinpoche taught at Naropa between 1996 and 2007, his mastery of English and his knowledge of Western culture is exceptional.


Authentic Leadership 

Authentic Leadership's blended learning format encourages deep, personal learning, fast assimilation of conceptual models and practical application to the workplace. The program offers you a transformative learning experience integrating the best of Western leadership practices with the wisdom of Eastern contemplative traditions.

Learn more about the Authentic Leadership Certificate Program.

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