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Upcoming Events

contemplative dance - Sept 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10 & 17


Feminine wisdom in Leadership (NYC) - SEPt 27


Mindful Compassion Training - Oct 9-Nov 20

Radically Happy Book Talk - oct 18

Spark talks - oct 19


parent & family weekend - oct 19

Howl for Narrator and String Quartet - nov 4





contemplative dance brush strokeNaropa University’s Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education presents

Contemplative Dance Practice: Introduction & Ongoing Series

With Barbara Dilley



Fall dates: September 15 & 29; October 13 & 27; November 10 & 17

Location: Nalanda Dojo // 6287 Arapahoe Ave

First Session Only: $50//Ongoing Series: $120

Space is very limited. Please register early.




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. Barbara will lead two sessions; other sessions will be guided by senior CDP teachers. 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. 

The Ongoing Series meets twice per month for contemplative dance practice guided by Barbara Dilley and alumni. The first session may be attended separately; Barbara Dilley will teach on the history and context of Contemplative Dance Practice, followed by guided instruction in CDP: I Sitting Meditation (being willing to come back)/ II Personal Awareness Practice (finding Kinesthetic Delights)/  III Open Space (opening to Deep Play with ensemble)/IV Discussion. 

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


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Benki Piyãko: The Dalai Lama of the Amazon

September 26 // 7p.m.

Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO


Benki Piyãko is a respected spiritual and political leader of the Ashaninka of the Brazilian Amazon. Benki was trained by his grandfather Samuel Piyãko to be the shaman, orpajé, of the community. He is the one who has deep knowledge of both traditions and medicine. Taking this role very seriously, Benki is doing a great deal to restore to his people and the indigenous people ingeneral their traditions and their deep relationship with nature. He works tirelessly to strengthen the capacity of indigenous peoples to defend their land against external exploitation. He is the creator of the "Yorenka Atame" Center (Knowledge of the Forest) to transmit to hundreds of communities in Brazil and Perua specific model of environmental management and preservation inspired indigenous ancestral knowledge. As part of his new "Beija Flor"project, Benki is working with local communities to reforest surrounding degraded areas inthe border regions of Brazil and Peru, creating jobs inthe region while training young community leaders in sustainable practices.

Naropa welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Jaime Duggan at jduggan@naropa.edu to request accessibility accommodations needed to fully participate.



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Naropa in New York: an abc series at Deepak Homebase, co-presented with Garrison Institute & Tricycle Magazine

Thursday, September 27, 2018 // 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. EDT

Deepak HomeBase, ABC Home // 888 Broadway (on the mezzanine of ABC), New York, NY 10003


Feminine Wisdom in Leadership: Dakini Teachings from the Tibetan Tradition, Judith Simmer-Brown
Tibetan Buddhism offers a paradigm for leadership inspired by the sacred feminine that flourishes in the face of change and fosters community through dialogue. Tonight's teaching draws from the dakini, or intuitive goddess wisdom tradition of Tibet, as well as cutting ­edge organizational development literature to suggest fresh approaches to leadership development.

Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men. She has also edited Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY 2011).

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by Naropa University's Religious Studies Department

Thursday, October 4, 2018 // 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO


This is the 6th Annual Trungpa Lecture in Buddhist Studies, a collaboration between CU Boulder and Naropa University. For more information on the Lotsawa Translation Workshop and schedule, click here.

Buddhist philosophy and practice is oriented to subtle states which are famously inexpressible. This is especially true in the esoteric Great Completeness (Dzogchen) traditions. But the inexpressible is not inaccessible. It can be known. Sensing, affective feeling, and the kinesthetic engagement of the body are intrinsic to such knowing. The brilliant poet-yogi Longchen Rabjam, who gave voice to Tibet’s most powerful Dzogchen compositions, reshaped earlier Buddhist understandings of mind, body, and senses. He saw as portals to an intimate, inexpressible knowing This inexpressible yet ubiquitous, easily obscured yet thoroughly available wisdom is Dzogchen’s open secret.



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Tuesdays, October 9 - November 20, 2018// 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, November 3// 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Naropa University, Nalanda campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder // Room 9235 (2nd floor)

Cost: $195 / $250 (sliding scale), Students: $50, Naropa Faculty, Staff & Alumni: $95


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.

  • Erika Berland, BPS, Instructor, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance. Author of Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation.
  • Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies; Author of Natural Wakefulness and Natural Bravery
  • Jordan Quaglia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Contemplative Psychology.
  • Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS, Instructor, Core College; Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education.

 A Letter of Completion is available to anyone who attends all sessions and completes all practices, readings and field work.

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

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

by Office of Events

Thu, October 18, 2018 // 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

GA $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, 2018 // 3:30-6 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 

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, 2018 // 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

On September 21, 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.


Register for our october 19 Open House


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Friday, October 19, 5:30 p.m. - Sunday, October 20, 3:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO


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




howl for narrator and string quartet performing


by Naropa University's School of the Arts - Music

Sun, November 4, 2018 // 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Naropa University - Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Ave // Boulder, CO 

GA $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.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

$20 // Students FREE

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 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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