Welcome to The Pilot Light, Official Blog of Naropa University!

At the opening evening of Naropa Institute in June of 1974, founder Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche noted his observation that:

“this particular continent is in search of something….There is enormous energy of course, fantastic energy. But something doesn’t quite click. It is as if we missed the pilot light while the stove is burning. Now it is time to do something about it.”

Now, forty years later, Naropa University continues working hard to reignite the pilot light, honoring Trungpa’s vision by “respecting, trusting, and acknowledging the traditions in which we have grown up.”

We dedicate this blog to Trungpa’s vision of an awakened society, titling it “The Pilot Light.” Here you will find posts written by Naropa’s leading experts in contemplative education, mindfulness, sustainability, diversity, and leadership; glimpses into the Naropa student perspective; and features by special guest scholars.

Welcome. We invite you to follow The Pilot Light and join in the conversation.


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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.