Anne Lamott & Neal Allen in Conversation
In this special evening event, hosted on June 3, 2021 by Naropa Extended Campus, spiritual coach and writer Neal Allen is joined in conversation by best-selling author and his wife Anne Lamott. Allen's new book, Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside You, provides a contemplative method for discovering one's inner nature that is influenced by Eastern traditions, especially Sufism and Buddhism, as well as contemporary psychodynamics. Lamott's best-selling spirituality books often explore a personal Christianity that is removed from the currently popular doctrinal evangelism. Together they discuss their collaborative writing life, practical approaches to spiritual practice, freedom from suffering, and much more. Purchase the book from our partners at Boulder Bookstore. Visit Neal Allen's website at shapesoftruth.com.
Cynicism and Magic: Book Celebration
Hosted on October 4, 2021 by Naropa Extended Campus and The Chögyam Trungpa Institute, this evening event celebrated the release of Cynicism and Magic, a new volume of never before published talks by Chögyam Trungpa, based on his first seminar at what became Naropa University.
Featuring discussion and Q&A with the book's editors, Naropa University staff, and more, this event offered participants an opportunity to explore Chögyam Trungpa’s teachings about the real magic of positive cynicism, intuition, and critical thinking. Purchase a copy of Cynicism and Magic from our friends at Shambhala Publications. Learn more and support the Chögyam Trungpa Institute.
Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Intuition on the Buddhist Path
This 7-week course, hosted by Extended Campus and the Chögyam Trungpa Institute, explored Cynicism and Magic, a volume of never before published talks by Chögyam Trungpa, based on his first seminar at what became Naropa University.
Class sessions featured presentations and dialogues with the book’s editors, Naropa faculty, and distinguished authors, and focused on topics such as such as positive cynicism, meditation and the fourth moment, and artistic expression. Participants were with provided fresh perspectives on Buddhist teachings for uncovering intelligence and insight, and for transcending both nihilistic thinking and naïve faith on the path of meditation.
WELCOME: Mindful Compassion Training
Naropa’s Fall 2021 iteration of WELCOME, hosted by Extended Campus and the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE), offered participants a pathway to fostering mindfulness and lovingkindness for themselves, loved ones, and even the difficult people in their lives.
Drawing upon scientific research findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as practices and teachings from Buddhism, this 8-week course incorporated a series of experiential practices, offered lecture and group discussion opportunities, provided informative suggested readings, and introduced compassionate “fieldwork,” teaching participants how to integrate compassion into their daily lives. Learn more about CACE.
An Intimate Dialogue with Netanel Miles-Yépez
Hosted on October 28, 2021 by Naropa Extended Campus, religion scholar, philosopher, and Naropa Wisdom Traditions faculty Netanel Miles-Yépez was joined in dialogue by Naropa University graduate student, Greg Yamada. Together, Pir Netanel and the religious studies student shared stories, discussed Sufi and Hasidic principles and philosophy, and introduced Netanel's new book, The Merging of Two Oceans: Nine Talks on Sufism & Hasidism.
In The Merging of Two Oceans, Miles-Yépez follows his In the Teahouse of Experience with a new collection of talks, laying the foundations for understanding the historical and spiritual connections between Sufism and Hasidism, two of the world's great mystical traditions. Learn more about The Merging of Two Oceans.
The Way Out is Through: From Empathy Fatigue to Compassionate Resilience
Hosted on November 8, 2021 by Naropa Extended Campus and the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE), this online evening workshop reviewed a number of practical takeaways about compassion from the intersection of cutting-edge science and ancient wisdom traditions.
Instructors Jordan Quaglia, PhD and Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS shared practical skills and new perspectives around transforming empathy fatigue into compassionate resilience, particularly focusing on the ways compassion can reduce personal distress and burnout. Learn more about CACE.