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"Take Me To Your Poets"

A quote famously attributed to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on his first arrival to the United States:

“Where are the poets? Take me to your poets!”

During the two summer sessions—and in truth, even before they started—Trungpa had an eye toward the future. He wanted to develop a plan for Naropa beyond the first summer. He wanted a plan for a hundred years. With Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, John Cage, and Diane di Prima already on hand, Trungpa asked the contemporary masters of American letters to found a poetics department.

Ginsberg recalled the intent: “It would be a way of teaching meditators about the golden mouth and educating poets about the golden mind.”

He and Waldman, who roomed together that summer for the Institute, stayed up late one night discussing what they finally came to name “The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.”

“Disembodied,” Waldman once explained, because “so many of our faculty would be peripatetic, and also our inspiration was from many writers long gone. Moreover, at the time we had no buildings, no desks, no blackboards, no filing cabinets, no grades, no money … only our mental commitment, our voices, our scholarship, our practice. So in the beginning, the school was truly disembodied!”

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

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