Welcome to The Pilot Light, Official Blog of Naropa University!

At the opening evening of Naropa Institute in June of 1974, founder Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche noted his observation that:

“this particular continent is in search of something….There is enormous energy of course, fantastic energy. But something doesn’t quite click. It is as if we missed the pilot light while the stove is burning. Now it is time to do something about it.”

Now, forty years later, Naropa University continues working hard to reignite the pilot light, honoring Trungpa’s vision by “respecting, trusting, and acknowledging the traditions in which we have grown up.”

We dedicate this blog to Trungpa’s vision of an awakened society, titling it “The Pilot Light.” Here you will find posts written by Naropa’s leading experts in contemplative education, mindfulness, sustainability, diversity, and leadership; glimpses into the Naropa student perspective; and features by special guest scholars.

Welcome. We invite you to follow The Pilot Light and join in the conversation.

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