The Heritage Project documents some of our faculty’s most treasured contemplative
methods, cultivated over the last forty years in our classrooms. Naropa University
is collecting this lifetime of transformative work through artifacts from the faculty
members’ files, written work, and video interviews; and, in some cases, to create
trainings in specific practices.
CACE is developing an online resource library with special focus on preserving and, very importantly, making accessible the vintage Naropa University contemplative methods developed by the founding faculty to introduce students to their respective disciplines. The library will include relevant articles related to given practices and pedagogies, documents and artifacts, and transcripts of continuing conversations about the relevance and impact of these practices as Naropa University begins its second forty years.
This documentation project will include the creation of videos about vintage pedagogies developed by founding faculty of Naropa University. These materials will be used for training Naropa faculty and for showcasing Naropa’s innovative history and heritage and include; a long-form, 30-minute video about specific Naropa heritage teaching methods, and a series of three-minute “shorts,” to be shared more widely, used in Naropa’s promotional materials, posted on social media, and released to the press.
In order to disseminate key heritage practices and develop a new generation of teachers, CACE is developing and offering trainings in practices which lend themselves to a training format. These are offered to Naropa faculty, faculty from other institutions, and/or the general public as appropriate.
As offered during the 1980 Naropa Institute Summer Session, Contemplative Dance Practice is a three hour practice when students sit at the interface between meditative disciplines and dance/movement studies. Developed by Professor Emerita Barabara Dilley, 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. The training explores the original form as well as variations offered by returning alumni.
Naropa faculty has offered small-scale trainings in how to hold a warrior exchange/exam.
Maitri Space Awareness Teacher’s Training Program
The Maitri Space Awareness is a treasury of teachings transmitted to the West from the mind and heart of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche based on ancient wisdom of the Five Buddha Families found within Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. Maitri Space Awareness Practice cultivates loving-kindness, providing a foundation for the practitioner to experience both the confusion of mind and the underlying wisdom.
For the first time Naropa University will be offering a Maitri Space Awareness Teacher’s Training Program sponsored by CACE to train future teachers in this unique Dharma. The training will consist of three weekends and three additional evenings, with talks, discussion, demonstrations and feedback, readings and experiential components. It will culminate in an assistant teaching practicum where students will have the opportunity to apply their learning as Maitri Meditation Instructors, Assistant Instructors /or Karuna Training Interns, upon approval and completion of the program.
Contemplative Dance Practice WITH Barbara Dilley: Ongoing Series
Naropa University’s Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education presents:
Contemplative Dance Practice: Introduction & Ongoing Series
With Barbara Dilley
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. 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.
Introductory Session: Saturday, September 16, 10am-1pm
This three hour session includes 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.
Cost: $50//Location: Nalanda Dojo (6287 Arapahoe Ave)
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER: https://contemplative-dance-introduction-2017.eventbrite.com
Ongoing Practice Series:
A committed group meets on Saturdays, 10am-1pm, twice per month, for contemplative dance practice guided by Barbara Dilley and alumni. Please attend the intro session on September 16 if you are new to the form.
Fall dates: September 30; October 14 & 28; November 11 & 18; December 2
Cost: $120 // Location: Nalanda Dojo (6287 Arapahoe Ave)
Space is very limited. Please register early.
Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam email@example.com at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
CONTEMPLATIVE MOVEMENT PRACTICE: With Darlene Lorrain & Sara Benson
April 7, April 21, and May 5
Where: Nalanda Campus, Room 9184 (1st floor of the north/west side of the building)
When: April 7, April 21, May 5 from 5:30-7:45pm
Cost: The practice is free to the community with suggested donations to Naropa University for the use of the space.
Contemplative movement Practice brings together the discipline of sitting meditation with free movement investigations and the practice of improvisation. It is an opportunity to integrate our outer and inner worlds, alone and together.
The 2 1/4 hour practice is structured by a leader who marks the time with a meditation bell. It begins with sitting meditation followed by personal bodymind awareness practice in the space and then the wild and delightful group practice called "open space" where Deep play unfolds! Each session concludes with a closing circle for discussion and observations.
Drop-in's are welcome. No experience required, just a willingness to tune in, play and be in the present moment.
Contact: Darlene Lorrain 303-447-0375 or Sara Benson 303-727-0193 for more information.
Jo Ha Kyu / Beginning Middle End: Tools for the Contemplative Classroom Colloquium
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Presented by NAROPA’S CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF CONTEMPLATIVE EDUCATION (CACE).
Lee Worley, Professor, Contemplative Education
Carla Burns, MDiv Alumna
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Virya, Paramita Campus
Jo Ha Kyu is an ancient concept of modulation and movement applied in a wide variety of traditional Japanese arts, and is translated as beginning, middle, and end. The roots of this practice offer an alternative paradigm to our western approach to time and transition. According to contemplative educator Richard Brown, Jo Ha Kyu can be used as a frame for simple pedagogical tools: in class for instructors, and as integrative and embodiment guidelines for both teachers and students. Fundamentally, it is a transitional device that can benefit all manner of change.
In this workshop we will explore the foundations of the practices both historically and experientially and examine what Jo Ha Kyu offers our contemplative culture at Naropa University and beyond.
Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam at firstname.lastname@example.org.