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Naropa Center for Bhutan Partnerships

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.

Alumni spotlight

“This experience gave me so much.”

Tom Conchie

Alumnus, BA Interdisciplinary Studies

Max Prah, Centre College, Bhutan Spring 2016:

“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.”

Andrea Becker, Naropa University, Bhutan Spring 2018:

“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.”

Sophia Jones, Naropa University, Bhutan Spring 2018:

“I feel that it is nearly impossible for me to verbalize my experience…  I know that something has been seriously transformed within me I can feel it in every step that I take.”

Our programs and initiatives

Collaborative Initiatives between Royal University of Bhutan and Naropa University

Bhutan Study Abroad Program

Post-Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counseling in Bhutan

Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy

Faculty exchange

Student exchange

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.