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Upcoming Events

when madmen lead the blind: A tale of lear - oct 11-20

Community week - oct 15-19

Radically Happy Book Talk & signing - oct 18

Sparktalks - oct 19


parent & family weekend - oct 19

Graduate Counseling Preview - nov 2

Howl for Narrator and String Quartet - nov 4

ANAM THUBTEN - nov 9-10


when madmen lead the blind

when madmen lead the blind: A tale of lear

October 11-20 // 7:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. (matinee performances on Saturdays)

Arapahoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

General Admission $10 // Naropa Alumni, Non-Naropa Students, Seniors $7 // Naropa Students, Faculty, Staff FREE

WHEN MADMEN LEAD THE BLIND: A TALE OF LEAR is an ensemble created production based on William Shakespeare's timeless tragedy. By fracturing the story we get new insight into the themes contained within in the narrative. In this collective collaboration, the ensemble explores themes of:

  • Nothingness
  • Power
  • Sight
  • Insight
  • Filial Love

By watching the narrative in disconnected fragments the audience puzzles Past, Present, and Future; discerning an argument that questions our day and age.



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October 15-19 // Various locations

Free & open to all

Join us for Community Week 2018! Loosely themed on the Year of the Earth Dog, the week of events will provide alumni, students, faculty, staff, and visitors to learn more about the university’s storied past, vibrant present, and exciting future through a variety of offerings including panel discussions, presentations, interactive workshops, contemplative practice offerings, and much more.

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Radically Happy Book Talk & Signing with Phakchok Rinpoche & Erric Solomon

Thursday, October 18 // 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

General Admission $10 // Naropa Faculty & Staff $5 // Naropa Students FREE

Join us for an evening with Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon, who will talk about their new book, Radically Happy, followed by a book signing. Books will be available for sale. East meets West in this fresh, modern take on a timeless challenge: how to find contentment and meaning in life.

In Radically Happy, a meditating Silicon Valley entrepreneur teams up with a young, insightful, and traditionally educated Tibetan Rinpoche. Together they present a path to radical happiness—a sense of well-being that you can access anytime but especially when life is challenging. Using mindfulness techniques and accessible meditations, personal stories and scientific studies, you’ll get to know your own mind and experience how a slight shift in your perspective can create a radical shift in your life.

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Friday, October 19 // 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Free & open to all

SparkTalks, dynamic presentations that share the wisdom of Naropa's alumni, will open your heart, broaden your perspective, and enliven your spirit.
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations.




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Friday, October 19 // 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Free & open to all

Naropa University opens its doors to prospective graduate and undergraduate students from across the country and around the world at Experience Naropa – a whirlwind of activity designed to open minds, spark creativity, and begin to create the bonds of community. Tour campus, attend sample classes, and meet students and faculty who are changing the world for the better. Come for the answers to your questions, and stick around for an engaging afternoon full of lively activities and passionate people.


Learn how mindfulness and contemplative education become a part of our students' daily lives in and out of the classroom. Discover if Naropa is right for you.


Explore contemplative education first-hand with our wonderful faculty and leave with an understanding of what it's like to attend a Naropa class.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Martha Husick at 303-546-3548 or at admissionsevents@naropa.edu prior to the event.


Register for our october 19 Open House


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October 19-21 // Various locations

Come and learn more about the unique education your student is experiencing at Naropa University. You'll make connections with the faculty and staff who support your student's journey and hear from Naropa alumni who have taken their experience out into the world.

Friday, October 19
SparkTalks - 3:30 to 5:30pm, Nalanda Campus
Opening Reception - 5:30 to 6:30pm, Nalanda Campus
MFA Theater performance - 7:00pm, Arapahoe Campus

Saturday, October 20
Parent Experience Programs - 9:30-3:30, Arapahoe Campus

Sunday, October 21
Open time to explore Boulder




Friday, November 2 // 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Free & open to all

Graduate Counseling Preview is designed to give you in-depth information about Naropa's graduate counseling degree programs. This overview also gives a general overview of Naropa’s unique academic environment, student life, and an opprtunity to meet with faculty and campus resources.

Naropa University's MA Clinical Mental Health programs presented during this preview:

Transpersonal Art Therapy
Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy
Somatic Counseling Body Psychotherapy
Somatic Counseling Dance/Movement Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling
Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology




howl for narrator and string quartet performing


Sunday, November 4 // 7:30 p.m. 

Araphoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue 

General Admission $10 // Naropa Student, Staff, & Faculty FREE

Lee Hyla’s Howl is based on beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s masterpiece. Because of its explicitly sexual passages, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in 1957, but was eventually deemed “of redeeming social importance,” and therefore not obscene. Lee Hyla’s angular and violent string quartet amplifies the intensity of the poem.

Lee Hyla’s string quartet was written in coordination with Ginsberg before his death. Originally performed with music played over a recording of Ginsberg reading the text, Playground performs narration live. The impact of the poem’s live narration is amplified by a harsh, haunting, and compelling accompaniment by string quartet.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 or kbohan@naropa.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.




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Wisdom Heritage Series:

Friday, November 9 // 7 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 10 // 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Cost: Friday $20 // Saturday $90 (Both combined $100)

Seniors: Friday $20 // Sat. $75 // (Both combined $80)

Naropa Students Friday FREE // Saturday $45

There are three important aspects of meditation: mindful attention, open awareness and lovingkindness. By practicing these, we can let go of negative mental patterns and expand our heart and mind, bringing about joy, peace and inner freedom. Anam Thubten will teach and guide participants in developing these aspects of meditation and share Buddhist wisdom on working with our thoughts and emotions.
Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the US, Europe and Asia. He is the author of several books, including Embracing Each Moment, No Self, No Problem, and The Magic of Awareness. Through sharing his wisdom and personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings of Buddhism. 
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Art Exhibitions

Free & open to all

The Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art.

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