Naropa University and the Visual Arts department are honored to host calligraphic artist, educator, and author Barbara Bash as our Spring 2023 Lenz Distinguished Lecturer
Save the date for Bash’s exciting lecture, titled “Mapping the Moment: The Calligraphic Voice” which will illustratively explore her insights and experiences from the early years of the Naropa Institute.
Barbara Bash is a lover of the alphabet, and a practitioner of calligraphic art with brush, pen, and pencil. Her contact with Chögyam Trungpa guided her into a deeper play with the ancient principles of heaven, earth and human in the creative act. She has collaborated at Naropa and beyond with musicians, storytellers and dancers in fresh forms of visual improvisation.
Barbara teaches expressive brush, contemplative handwriting and illustrated journaling. Being part of the Creative Process team at the Authentic Leadership in Action conferences from 2001 – 2013 led to the creation of her big brush community events. She has trained in Nonviolent Communication and Focusing and leads circle practices and communication workshops.
Barbara has written and illustrated a number of children’s books about the natural world and most recently True Nature : An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.
In this inspiring lecture, Barbara will share her insights and experiences from the early years of the Naropa Institute, where she taught western calligraphy and book arts while performing on stage with storytellers, musicians, dancers, and poets.
As an ode to the age-old tradition of telling a story and painting it at the same time, Bash will be graphically illustrating her creative journey, all the while demonstrating how the practice of calligraphy is an act of synchronization of mind and body. Attendees will be immersed in a lively, interactive, and experiential improvisation of one person’s creative journey, which will illuminate and encourage an odyssey of their own.
Thursday | April 6th 2023 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm Mountain Time
This program is offered in-person and live online via Zoom.
Standard Price: $15
Naropa Community Price: FREE
Naropa staff, faculty, students & alumnx: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free registration code
Standard Price: $25
Naropa Community Price: FREE
Naropa staff, faculty, students & alumnx:
See in-person enrollment portal for free registration instructions
The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism promotes the benefits of Zen Buddhism, meditation, yoga, and related Buddhist practices in a manner complementary to modern American society. By developing and strengthening the emerging community of American Buddhist organizations, the Foundation seeks to give birth to an American society that reflects the universal Buddhist values of wisdom, compassion, mindfulness.
The annual Lenz Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecturer Program in Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values promotes diversity of thought and practice at Naropa by inviting distinguished guest lecturers from communities, traditions and scholarship related to Buddhism in America to supplement existing university expertise. Past Lenz Foundation Distinguished Lecturers at Naropa University have included Sharon Salzberg, Meredith Monk, Gary Snyder, and Joanna Macy.
This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.
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