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Upcoming Events

Earth Justice Day - APR 24

Kirtan & Raga Concert - Apr 25


Voices of Courage - Apr 28

Commencement - may 11

Seeing the Racial Waters - May 22

Embodied Mindfulness in Teaching - June 10 - 13

Lion's Roar - The Three Turnings of The Wheel


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Earth Justice Day

Wednesday, April 24 // 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Arapahoe Green // 2130 Arapahoe Ave Boulder, CO


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Kirtan & Raga Concert with Sheela Bringi

April 25 // 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Experience the Indian musical traditions of Kirtan and Raga in one ecstatic evening. A celebration of life, community, and the Divine through call-and-response singing and contemplative raga meditations. Be uplifted and inspired, centered and soothed... Sheela Bringi sings and plays the harp, harmonium and bansuri (Indian classical bamboo flute). Joining her will be tabla artist Nabin Shrestha, bass player Brent Kuecker, and instrumentalist Noah R. Wilson. Students in Sheela’s "Indian Devotional & Raga Singing" class at Naropa University will support on response vocals and tamboura (4-string drone instrument).

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Friday, April 26 // 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

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.


Poster of Voices of Courage

Voices of Courage

Sunday, April 28 // 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO


Branded “the Face of Buddhist Terror” by Time magazine, the monk Ashin Wirathu is the most outspoken of these Buddhist leaders. He argues that the presence of Muslims in Myanmar (formerly Burma) threatens Buddhism itself—even though Muslims make up only five percent of the population—and they must be eradicated before they overwhelm the Buddhist majority.

In response, other Buddhist leaders are working tirelessly to counter hate speech and promote the Buddha’s admonition never to cause harm. On Sunday, April 28th, a panel of these leaders will gather in Boulder at a daylong event focused on the Rohingya crisis—and transcending hate and extremism in any conflict.

Panelists will include the Venerable Ashin Issariya, a courageous Burmese leader and founder of the All Burma Monks Alliance. He participated in Myanmar’s 2007 Saffron revolution and was exiled for years for his human rights work. The panel also includes Hena Zuberi, Director of the Burma Task Force and Editor in Chief of muslimmatters.org, where she writes on issues related to Muslims living in the West. And Khin Mai Aung, an American civil rights attorney with roots in Myanmar and Rakhine, who has written extensively about the Rohingya crisis with articles appearing in the New York Times and Lion’s Roar.

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Saturday, May 11 // 1 p.m.  - 4 p.m.
Macky Auditorium // 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder CO

Naropa’s 2019 Spring Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 1 PM in Macky Auditorium at CU Boulder. Our guest speaker will be Rhonda Magee. Celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates, and offering gratitude for their commitment and warm wishes for the future, is the highlight of the year.

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With Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Author of "White Fragility"

March 13 // 2-5:30 p.m., followed by a book signing

May 22 // Time TBD

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

Sliding Scale: $135-$175

This workshop will explore topics including white socialization, systemic racism, white solidarity, the specific ways racism manifests for white progressives, safety versus comfort, the politics of emotions, and white fragility. This will be a combination of lecture, structured reflection, and small group discussion designed to provide a comprehensive system analysis and identify personal complicity.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books, including What Does it Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.


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Monday, June 10 - Thursday, June 13 // 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Learn to apply mindfulness practice to your classroom teaching. When we are awake and at home in our bodies and minds, our teaching is more sustainable, engaged, and creative. Trusting and effective relationships with students are naturally generated when we fully embody mindful awareness and compassion. This new program is the result of three decades of contemplative in-service teacher education at Naropa.

The Embodied Mindfulness in Teaching program:

  • brings mindful presence to the classroom
  • strengthens teacher self-care
  • deepens communication
  • infuses contemplative pedagogy into existing curricula
  • cultivates compassionate learning communities


*A limited amount of scholarships are available. Please email cmueller@naropa.edu to inquire.


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Lion's Roar - The Three Turnings of The Wheel

With Drs. Judith Simmer-Brown, Amelia Hall, and D. Phillip Stanley


Throughout this six-week course, you’ll learn–or rediscover–the historical, social, and spiritual context in which the dharma arose. Supported by discussion and guided practices, you’ll explore the view, practice, and foundational roots of the Buddha’s early teachings.

Join Naropa University’s Wisdom Traditions faculty in a contemplative learning experience as they illuminate the Buddha’s foundational teachings and help awaken the spirit of personal inquiry. By combining contemplative practice and academic study you’ll gain deep insight into the nature of mind and emotions, the bodhisattva path of wisdom and compassion, and buddhanature.


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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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