Naropa University has a longstanding relationship to the Kingdom of Bhutan through the founder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s extensive time on retreat and heartfelt connection to the royal family of Bhutan and its people and culture. Naropa University (NU) and the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) have had a memorandum of understanding since 2010 which confirms our commitment to programmatic collaboration and academic exchange. As the Kingdom of Bhutan increasingly opens to the world, many of the social problems of modernity are increasingly present. Naropa University has partnered with the Royal University of Bhutan to collaborate in the areas of contemplative education and psychology to meet those concerns and to further build upon our historical ties.
"This expereince gave me so much"
— Tom Conchie
A student in the program
“These have been the richest five months of my life so far. ... I have gained more wisdom, love, happiness, and humility than I would ever have thought possible.”
“I have loved this program so much. It is a good program design and I am infinitely grateful to have been accepted as a part of it.”
“I feel that it is nearly impossible for me to verbalize my experience. The experience itself has been so many things, so many highs and lows, realizations and learning... I have thoroughly appreciated this opportunity to be in Bhutan. I am so grateful for this time.”
“This overall experience has been unbelievably life changing I am sure of that. How it has been life changing. I know that something has been seriously transformed within me I can feel it in every step that I take.”
Collaborative Initiatives between Royal University of Bhutan and Naropa University