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Upcoming Events

"The man who saved the world" film - feb 28

rocky mountain dialogues on mindfulness in higher education - mar 9

A Heart of Gold with Venerable Pannavati - mar 14







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Presented by Atomic Film Series

Thursday, February 28 // 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Sycamore Hall // Room 8130 // 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO

Hosted by Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center in partnership with the Joanna Macy Center and Veteran Sucess Services at Naropa University.

"The Man Who Saved the World" is about the Russian Lt. Colonel, Stanislav E. Petrov, a bitter old man who lost everything after deciding not to obey superior orders, and hereby changing the fate of the world. Few people know of him... Yet hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him. His difficult judgement call prevented the start of a worldwide nuclear war and the devastation of much of the Earth.

The film was recently screened at the Dairy Arts Center and we look forward to sharing it with you!

Parking available on the back side of Naropa. From Arapahoe, turn south on 20th St, take a left onto Marine St. and the parking lot will be on the left. Sycamore is the building to the left. We'll put up signs. Free and open to the public.

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dr sona dimidjian headshotrocky mountain dialogues on mindfulness in higher education

March 9 // 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Faculty & Staff Only) // 2-5:00 p.m. (Students, Faculty & Staff)
University of Colorado // Kittredge Central Meeting Rooms


For Faculty and Staff
9:00 Welcome and Group Circle
10:15 Breakout Sessions
11:30 Breakout Sessions
12:30 Lunch

For Students and Everyone
2:00 Keynote
3:15 Contemplative Sampler
4:15 Closing Circle
4:30 Walk the Planets

Keynote Speaker Dr. Sona Dimidjian
To be of benefit: The promise of contemplative research and practice
Commitment to creating a better future draws many of us to the study and practice of contemplative practices. 
How can we most effectively do this work in a way that promotes individual healing and social change?
Dr. Dimidjian will explore a conceptual and methodological framework and present empirical findings that help us to realize our potential during these critical times. She will focus on ways in which we can work in interdisciplinary partnerships with one another and with engaged communities, guided by an intention to create a better future for all. Dr. Dimidjian, professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder, does research focused on cultivating mental health and well-being among women, children, and families.

Thanks for our partners, CU Human Resources, Naropa University, CSU, and UNC.



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by Naropa University Office of Development

Thursday, March 14 // 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 


The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for Buddhist Studies and American Culture & Values and Naropa University are pleased to host an evening lecture with Venerable Pannavati.

When we are seeking the spiritual way of life, we agree to abandon the "I" and "my" making. We do this only when we are convinced that "I" and "my" making cannot bring us deep and lasting happiness – cannot uproot our secret fears and hidden faults. Only then can we surrender ourselves to another discipline in anticipation of realizing a further freedom and release.

Venerable Pannavati, founder of Heartwood Refuge & Retreat Center and Co- Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage is known for her wit, compassion, and laughter. A former Christian pastor ordained in both Theravadan and Chan lineages, she is also a Zen Dharma Holder and Vajrayana practitioner.

She is known internationally for her engagement in global projects of socio-economic upliftment and conducts teaching retreats throughout the country sharing the Dharma in a way that is approachable and relevant to all. Still recognized primarily as a forest monk, she concedes: “People are my forest.”

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Friday, March 22 // 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.




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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