Naropa to me is unique, not only in academia, but in the world. Here we can speak of and teach compassion, modeling contemplative practice from a truly interfaith perspective. It is a heart-filled place where we can model what an enlightened society might look like. I am grateful for students such as those I encounter at Naropa who understand inter-species communication, rights of nature and activism, taking into account all our planet's needs.
Georgetown University Bosco Award for outstanding scholarship over four years of undergraduate study, 1979
Graduated from Georgetown Magna cum Laude, 1979
Making Magic with Gaia: Practices to heal our planet. (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2002). The Italian edition of my US/UK book became an Italian bestseller on Italy's "mind-body-spirit" lists, 2008.
COR 220 - Community-based Learning and Action
ENV 245 - Geography: Pilgrimage and Sacred Landscape
ENV 645 - The New Science & Its Cultural Implications
ENV 785 - Environmental Leadership Capstone Seminar
Epiphanies? BA students often need help "connecting the dots" — i.e. what is known formally as "integrative learning". In the Geography class students are suprised by the origins of the "religions of the book" and how they intersect in different parts of the world. Many students are unaware of the on-going presence of Europe's pre-Christian origins. I also help to connect the dots in our Colorado community involvements, in both BA and MA.
Naropa asks the hard questions. Our contemplative practice leads us to speak about areas that "conventional" universities and circles eschew... for example, grief, social justice, environmental justice. Also for me, as an environmental campaigner and activist, speaking of our oneness with all life is "so Naropa". All of these factors make Naropa very special and needed. These factors that are "so Naropa" are part of our particular, peculiar pursuit of peaceful, enlightened society and warriorship.