Carolyn R. Gimian

Executive Director, Chogyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University
Chogyam Trungpa Institute
BA, Philosophy, Antioch University; PhD, Early Childhood Education, Union Graduate School

Carolyn Rose Gimian is the Executive Director of the Chogyam Trungpa Institute ( at Naropa University. Carolyn was the founding director of the Shambhala Archives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a major repository of Trungpa Rinpoche’s archival legacy. She is a past president of the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. The editor of many books by Chogyam Trungpa, she edited Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior in close cooperation with the author. Other volumes of his work she has edited posthumously include the ten-volume Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa, Mindfulness in Action, and The Future Is Open: Good Karma, Bad Karma, Beyond Karma. Carolyn’s articles and essays are published in Lion’s Roar, Buddhadharma, The Best of Buddhist Writing, and other magazines and anthologies. Carolyn is also a teacher of meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhism. She is inspired by Naropa’s students, faculty, and staff, as well as by the contemplative approach to education, and the JEDI values instilled at Naropa. The current focus of her work is both preserving the legacy and teachings of Chogyam Trungpa and also connecting with, supporting, and learning from young leaders and teachers inspired by his work. Carolyn holds a BA in Philosophy from Antioch University and a PhD in Early Childhood Education from the Union Graduate School.

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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.

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