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About Naropa's 50th Anniversary Theme

Spark the Mind. Ignite the Heart. Illuminate the World.

At Naropa’s opening convocation in the summer of 1974, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche proclaimed that ‘When East meets West, sparks will fly.’ The sparks made from the friction of East bumping into West have now ignited into a blaze that is leading higher education into a more holistic, wise, and compassionate place. The fire outlining the official Naropa seal symbolizes wisdom’s capacity to burn away ignorance, pride, and aggression.

Buddhist teacher Simon Luna, who served as the Director of Publications at Naropa in the early nineties, wrote the following on Naropa’s 25th anniversary: “Naropa University is alive and well. The sparks have been ignited, the kindling lit. The flames of wisdom are burning…May the Sparks of wisdom fly in all directions.” As we look toward the future, we stand poised to continue to illuminate the wisdom of our students, so they may light a path for others to a more compassionate and just world.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.