Community Practice Day

Community Practice Day

Sacred Activism

March 5, 2024 @ 8:30 AM–4:30 PM // Nalanda Campus

Join us on March 5 for Community Practice Day—a day when classes and meetings are not held, and when we gather together in virtual and in-person community. For our Spring 2024 Community Practice Day the theme is, Sacred Activism:

How do we inspire a heart-felt motivation to benefit our communities? What role does contemplative practice play in awakening us to compassionate engagement? How do we navigate the divisions that occur in community with equanimity, unconditional love and action towards repair? Join us for a day of community practice and inquiry that ignites and enlivens our heart-mind-body to meet each other and our world with wakefulness, care and love. 

Morning Community Offerings and Practice


8:15–9:00 AM Queer Breakfast

Members of the Naropa Queer community are welcome to gather, rest, and be nourished together over breakfast! Healing and nutritious food provided! Hosted by Naropa Queer Collective x MCIC x Office of Admissions x Out Boulder

Bring your LGBTQAI2S+ friends, colleagues, and teachers! RSVP now!

Location: Nalanda North Cafe, second floor


8:309:00 AM Communi-Tea and Morning Refreshments 

Location: Nalanda Atrium (south entrance)

8:309:00 AM Faculty Tea

(faculty get tea/breakfast in Atrium then meet in Location: Nalanda 9130 or online!


9:00–9:10 AM Shrine Opening and Welcome

Location: Nalanda Events Center and Online https://naropa.zoom.us/j/99029293079

9:10–9:40 AM First Community Offering – Larry Welsh – Tai Chi 

Larry Welsh head shot at Drala Mountain Center

Larry Welsh MA, MAc, is a graduate of Naropa University.  He is senior adjunct professor in the Wisdom Traditions department and has studied and taught Taijiquan since 1977.

Location: Nalanda Events Center and Online https://naropa.zoom.us/j/99029293079



9:40–10:45 AM: Sitting & Walking Meditation Jirka Hladiš

Jirka Hladiš came to Naropa 1996 and has been serving in the role of student, staff and faculty: as student in Religious Studies, as Director of Online Education since 2001 and as adjunct faculty for Wisdom Traditions department since 2006.

Jirka has studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 1997. He joined Nitartha Institute in 2002 and was authorized as its faculty member in 2007. Jirka’s interest is in approaching debate, analytical and placement meditations as a unified tool for spiritual transformation. Jirka holds graduate degrees both in engineering from Prague Technical University (1985) and in Buddhist studies from Naropa Institute (1999).
Location: Nalanda Events Center and Online https://naropa.zoom.us/j/99029293079

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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.