About Naropa50 Years of NaropaSparks of 1974

Looking Back: The Sparks of 1974

The purpose of Naropa Institute is to bring together the dynamics of opposites, to unite extremes in viewpoints. When opposites rub against each other, there is a spark of energy. Our interest is to make Naropa Institute a place where intellectual activity will be combined with experience, to blend the two kinds of knowing—the intellectual with the intuitive. The split between East and West is the split between the mind and the heart.“—Naropa’s founder,  Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Archival photos of 1974 by John Barkin, Laura Blades, Roy Bonney, Blair Hansen, Liza Matthews, Andrea Craig Roth, Karen Roper, Alan Rabold, Hudson Shotwell, Robert Del Tredici.


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