Events & Trainings
CACE events and trainings explore various topics and disciplines in contemplative education including contemplative arts, classroom practices, community engagement practices, student and faculty workshops, mindfulness and compassion trainings and more. These events are designed to illuminate the broad range of an inclusive contemplative community. While focused on contemplative and mindfulness based foundations these events are designed for both the Naropa community and the public. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUDRA SPACE AWARENESS is an energetic sequence of physical and vocal exercises that were introduced to the West by meditation master Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. They sharpen mental focus, align body and mind and revitalize the creative power of imagination. Performed in a group setting, these tools open awareness up to a bigger space where our aspirations for an interconnected and mindful life naturally develop. Trungpa originally shared this work with performers as a method for helping them toward authentic engagement with their acting. As time has passed, however, the need for intelligent and courageous engagement with our world urges all of us toward genuine performing, cultivating flexibility and authenticity in our daily life and in our commitment to our planet. These practices are an ally on that journey.
Naropa University Nalanda Campus – 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
Saturday, February 4, 2023, 9:30AM–4:30PM (lunch break 12:30–2PM)
Sunday, February 5 10AM–1PM
$50 General admission; $45 Naropa community members (students, staff, faculty, alumnx)
Naropa welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Carla Burns at email@example.com to request accessibility accommodations needed.
LEE WORLEY is Professor Emerita of Performance and Contemplative Education at Naropa University. Under the guidance of its founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, she began studying Mudra Space Awareness in 1974 and currently is one of a handful of authorized Mudra teachers.
This work forms the basis of her Contemplative Performance Training method and was also her approach to teaching Embodied Presence for the MA Education students.
A practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism since 1976, she is one of four Western teachers, or “Mitras” (Spiritual Friends) in the sangha of Nalandabodhi under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Lee has written two books: Coming From Nothing: the Sacred Art of Acting and Teaching Presence: Field Notes for Players.
With Darlene Lorrain
January 13, 27; February 10, 24; March 10
Location: Nalanda 9189
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 body-mind 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-ins are welcome. No experience required, just a willingness to tune in, play and be in the present moment.
The practice is free to the community with suggested donations to Naropa University for the use of the space.
For information contact: Darlene Lorrain// 303-447-0375
Welcome: Virtual Mindful Compassion Training
Naropa’s WELCOME Training offers a pathway to foster mindfulness alongside lovingkindness for yourself, loved ones, and even the difficult people in our lives. Drawing on scientific research findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as practices and teachings from Buddhism, WELCOME provides a multifaceted view of the power and potential of compassion. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to a series of experiential practices, receive informative suggested readings, and engage in compassionate “fieldwork” to integrate compassion into your personal, social and professional life. Key topics include: Mindfulness · Self-compassion · Loving-kindness · Empathy · Resilient compassion · Embodiment · Burnout · Is compassion always nice?