Upcoming Events

Cecilia Vicuña: Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics - March 19-20

Authenticity, Compassion & Love: Bringing Yoga & Mindfulness to Public Schools - April 5

Experience Naropa Open House - April 20 // June 22 // August 3


Ongoing Events


Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. 

Monday, March 19 // 7:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 20:

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Symposium: Embodied Poetics with Rickey Laurentiis, Jordan Scott & Divya Victor 

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. - MFA Students Embodied Poetics Reading 

7:00 p.m. - Symposium Evening Reading with Rickey Laurentiis, Jordan Scott, Divya Victor and Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean poet, artist, and filmmaker based in New York and Santiago. Her work is noted for themes of language, memory, decay and exile. Critics also note the relevance of her work to the politics ecological destruction, cultural homogenization, and economic disparity, particularly the way in which such phenomena disenfranchise the already powerless.Her commitment to feminist forms and methodologies is considered to be a unifying theme across her diverse body of work. The term eco-feminism can be considered an explanation of her practice that has long linked gender injustice with ecological destruction.

Vicuña was born and raised in Santiago de Chile in 1948. She received her MFA from the University of Chile in 1971 and moved to London in 1972 to attend the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1973 she went into exile in London, in following the death of President Salvador Allende and the 1973 Chilean coup d'état led by General Augusto Pinochet.

Vicuña published her debut poetry collection, Saborami (Beau Geste Press) in 1973. In 1980, she moved to New York City, and the following year, her work was included in a group show at the Modern Museum of Art entitled “Latin American Video.” Her second poetry collection, Precario/Precarious (Tanam Press, 1983) received the Line II Award for Best Artist Book of the Year.She is the author of several additional poetry collections, including Instan (Kelsey Street Press, 2002) and Unravelling Words & the Weaving of Water (Graywolf Press, 1992).
Vicuña is known for her multi-dimensional works spanning poetry, film, sculpture, and performance. Her art, including her “precarious works,” ephemeral installations that she has been creating since 1966, has been displayed in museums, galleries, and natural spaces around the world, including the Whitney Museum in New York City and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. In her work, she often addresses the political and social struggles of her home country while negotiating the ancestral and the avant-garde. Her art is compiled and discussed in Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), edited and translated by Rosa Alcalá.

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

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Thursday, April 5, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. // Nalanda Events Center
6287 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO 80301
Cost: $20.00 (Free for Naropa Student, Staff and Faculty with ID)

The Holistic Life Foundation provides thousands of children with training in yoga, mindfulness, and emotional self-regulation encouraging community-wide peace. Students are empowered with tools and skills for peaceful conflict resolution, improved focus and concentration, greater control and awareness of thoughts and emotions, improved self-regulation, as well as stress reduction and relaxation. It is based on yoga, meditation, breathing, tai-chi, centering, and other mindfulness techniques. In turn, these children teach what they have learned to their parents, siblings, neighbors, and friends. HLF is building a movement which began in Baltimore and continues to expand far beyond.

This event is made possible with the support of The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism. 

For more information on the Holistic Life Foundation, check out this Youtube video or their website. 

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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Friday, April 20, 2018 // 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO Naropa University

On April 20, Naropa University will throw open 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.

Can't join us in April? Future 2018 open house dates include June 22 and August 22. 


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Naropa in New York

an abc series at deepak homebase in partnership with Garrison Institute and Tricycle

The Naropa & abc home partnership offers a New York City audience the rare opportunity to experience the practices and pedagogies that lie at the heart of Naropa University, founded in 1974 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, CO. Through quarterly presentations, performances and workshops featuring faculty from Naropa, we take a dive into a variety of contemplative disciplines that aim to foster an enlightened society and the next generation of awakened, compassionate leaders.

The Series includes four evening events, two in Spring 2018 with Professors Jeanine Canty and Anne Waldman and two in Fall 2018 with Professors Judith Simmer-Brown and Reed Bye.

Mending Our Disconnections: Earth, Social Justice, and Compassionate Engagement with JEANINE CANTY, PHD

Thursday, April 12 // 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. // Tickets $25.00
Deepak HomeBase, on the mezz at ABC Home 888 Broadway New York, NY

We are witnessing and experiencing deep suffering in our world. Our society has disconnected itself from nature and from the oppression of people. The roots of our ecological and social crises go hand in hand; the traumas we are experiencing are from the same roots and very often become internalized in our bodies – physically, psychologically, and emotionally. We’ll explore how to work to understand and begin to address these deep traumas within ourselves and in our work with others. Participants should be prepared to work in community with insight, compassion, and vulnerability.

Jeanine M. Canty, PhD is a professor and chair of the Environmental Studies department at Naropa University and editor of and contributor to Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices.

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Poetry from her new book, Extinction Aria: It's Exgesis, the Realms, How Ink is Blood

Thursday, May 10 // 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. // Tickets $25.00 
Deepak HomeBase, on the mezz at ABC Home 888 Broadway New York, NY

"The text seemed to emanate from a vibrating larynx and dance in the air…The image and insistent repetition of “ink”…came from a dream that inflected the power of ink as a kind of lifeblood for poetry." - Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is a poet, teacher, performer and cultural activist who has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1970. Her newest book project is EXTINCTION ARIA, from Pied Oxen Printers. A dedicated writer, Waldman has created radical new hybrid and performative structures for her poetry, both serial and narrative. Her new book of poems, Trickster Feminism, a book of protest, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2018.

Waldman was one of the founders and directors of the Poetry Project at St Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery in NYC, and went on to co-found The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University with Allen Ginsberg in 1974. She has continued to work at Naropa, the first Buddhist-inspired University in the USA, as a Distinguished Professor of Poetics, and is Artistic Director of its celebrated Summer Writing Program.

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Ongoing Events

Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education Presents:
Contemplative Dance Practice

Ongoing Series with Barbara Dilley

Spring Dates: February 17, March 3, March 24, April 7, April 14, April 21 

Spring dates: February 17; March 3; March 24; April 7; April 14; April 21.

Contemplative Dance Practice, offered during the 1980 Naropa Institute Summer Session, is a three hour practice when students sit at the interface between meditative disciplines and dance/movement studies. CDP is adapted from the experience of meditation halls and inspired by Dharma Art teachings of Naropa’s founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Over 35 years Naropa’s alumni have taken CDP into the world, and met new environments, cultures, and students, both beginners and experienced. We will explore the original form as well as variations offered by returning alumni. Come as you are. You have everything you need for the journey.

This is a rare opportunity to study and practice with Barbara Dilley, founding Naropa faculty and the creator of Contemplative Dance Practice. The program is part of the Heritage Project which documents, archives and trains in contemplative practices developed uniquely within Naropa’s lineage of contemplative education.

Barbara Dilley (BA, Mt. Holyoke College, ’60), trained in ballet, then studied and performed dance in New York City (1960-1975) with Merce Cunningham Dance Co., Yvonne Rainer, and Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that extended the definitions of improvisation. Moving to Boulder (1974), she designed the Dance / Movement Studies program at Naropa University, served as President (1985-1993), and retired in 2015. Her memoir and handbook, This Very Moment: teaching thinking dancing, 2015, Naropa University Press, is available at www.barbaradilley.com.

Ongoing Practice Series

A committed group meets on Saturdays, 10am-1pm, about twice per month, for contemplative dance practice guided by Barbara Dilley and alumni.

Please attend the intro session on February 3 if you are new to the form.

Space is very limited. Please register early.

Spring dates: February 17; March 3; March 24; April 7; April 14; April 21.

Cost: $120 // Location: Nalanda Dojo (6287 Arapahoe Ave)

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Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam crotterdam@naropa.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

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APRIL 3-MAY 8, 2018

Tuesdays, April 3-May 8 // 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Lincoln Lecture Hall, Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder

Compassion is one of the great human virtues, the ground and basis for altruistic behavior. Modern scientific research suggests that compassion can be fostered and trained, both to enhance personal well-being, happiness and resilience and to benefit others.

This program draws on mindfulness and compassion practices from wisdom traditions, in particular from Buddhism, as well as the findings of neuro- and social science. The training is deeply experiential and introduces contemplative and somatic practices through which you will explore the emotional quality of various forms of compassion and related behaviors. Our study is supported by readings on modern and ancient views on compassion as it functions within the individual, groups and communities.

The training will expand and refine your understanding of compassion and identify ways to support compassionate behavior in your personal, social and professional life.

Key topics include: Mindfulness · Self-compassion · Loving-kindness · Empathy · Resilient compassion · Somatic (embodiment) compassion practices · Staying attuned to the suffering of others while avoiding burn-out · Is compassion always nice?

The course is taught by a team of Naropa University faculty who draw on their decades of teaching mindfulness and compassion practices within a variety of disciplines, including psychology, Buddhist studies, and the arts.

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Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies. Author of Dakini’s Warm Breath and editor of Meditation and the Classroom:  Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies. 

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Erika Berland, BPS, Instructor, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance. Author of Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation.  


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Jordan Quaglia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Contemplative Psychology. 


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Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS, Instructor, Core College; Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education.

When: Tuesdays, April 3-May 8, 2018; 3-5pm
Location: Lincoln Lecture Hall, Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder

Cost: $195 / $250 (sliding scale)

For questions, please contact Charlotte Rotterdam, crotterdam@naropa.edu


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Art Exhibitions

Free and open to the Public

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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Weekly Meditation Instruction Sessions–Spring 2018 Sessions Start on Wednesday, January 17

Free and open to the Public
Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Nalanda Campus// 6287 Arapahoe Avenue // Room 9240

Naropa offers weekly meditation instruction sessions, featuring guided meditation followed by instruction from experienced Naropa faculty members about mindfulness and its application in everyday life. No experience necessary. Come as you are.


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