In daily life, we’re often confronted with difficult situations that demand we not only consider our own and others’ well-being, but also weigh possible tradeoffs between the two. How can we learn to better navigate challenging situations that push and pull our hearts and minds in multiple directions at once?
In this workshop, Director of Naropa's Cognitive and Affective Science Lab, Jordan Quaglia, PhD, offered an introduction to what he calls compassion-based boundaries, a science-backed framework that provides practical skills for navigating complex interpersonal situations.
Tonglen: A Tool of Subtle Activism
How can we meet and engage with the pain we see in our own lives, in those around us, and in our world? What can we do to help?
Co-hosted by Extended Campus and the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE), this experiential workshop introduced to tonglen – “sending and taking” – an ancient Tibetan Buddhist compassion practice that enables us to turn towards difficulty with awareness and lovingkindness, and offer health, well-being, and abundance wherever it is most needed. Learn more about CACE.
Lenz Foundation Distinguished Lecturer: Thupten Jinpa
Naropa University was honored to host author, compassion researcher, Chair of the Mind and Life Institute, and principal English translator to the Dalai Lama, Thupten Jinpa, as our Spring 2022 Fredrick P. Lenz Foundation Distinguished Lecturer.
Jinpa’s public lecture, titled “A Buddhist Theory of Mental Transformation” explored a classical Buddhist understanding of how enduring mental transformation takes place, especially through knowledge, insight, and practice.
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.
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.
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.