Since its inception in 1974, Naropa University has offered meditation instruction
to any student, staff, or faculty member who requests it. Naropa has done this because
of our commitment to contemplative education. From that perspective, getting to know
oneself and one's world through meditation practice or other contemplative disciplines
is viewed as equally important to the study of specific fields of knowledge. There
is no charge for meditation instruction for staff, faculty, and enrolled students.
The office of the contemplative practice coordinator is located on the second floor
of Wulsin Hall in The Learning Commons, an alliance of campus resources that actively collaborate to support a student's
journey toward self-discovery, academic success, and engaged action in the world.
What kind of meditation instruction is given?
The meditation instruction given is a mindfulness meditation technique called shamatha (Sanskrit for "calm abiding") In Shamatha practice, the breath is the anchor of the
meditation. It is similar to meditation in the Zen and Theravadin Buddhist traditions
and to vipassana meditation. Mindfulness and awareness that come out of such practice
can be relevant to an individual's life regardless of religious orientation.
Where does meditation take place?
It can happen anywhere quiet or peaceful! Each campus houses a meditation hall for
silent, sitting meditation. Meditation halls are available to students, faculty, staff,
and visitors. The halls are open whenever the buildings are open. There are also occasional,
facilitated drop-in sitting sessions that are open to all.
- Arapahoe Campus Meditation Hall (Lincoln Building) at 2130 Arapahoe Avenue
- Paramita Campus Meditation Hall at 3285 30th Street
- Nalanda Campus Meditation Hall at 6287 Arapahoe Avenue
Am I required to receive meditation instruction?
There are various ways that meditation instruction is offered to incoming students.
Some departments require students to take a meditation class, in which case individual
and/or group instruction will be provided in that class.
Is meditation instruction a requirement for me?
New students can check the beige sheet in their orientation packet to clarify if there
is a requirement in their department. Returning students can check with their departmental
How do I connect with a meditation instructor?
Any student, staff or faculty member who is interested in receiving individual meditation
instruction may contact Giovannina Jobson by phone at 303-546-5298 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who are the meditation instructors?
The instructors are persons living in the Boulder area who have been practitioners
for at least five years and who have been trained in teaching the shamatha or mindfulness
meditation technique. They have been approved either through the Naropa University
Mindfulness Meditation Training course or through the Shambhala Buddhist Centers.
Most of the instructors are faculty, staff or alumnae of Naropa, or have taken classes
How much time does meditation instruction take?
The general guideline is one meeting per month but it also depends upon how much meditation
becomes part of your schedule. The more often you meditate, the more likely you will
have questions which you want to discuss with an instructor.
What if I am not interested in sitting meditation but would like to find out more
about a particular spiritual tradition?
There are faculty, staff and other persons in Boulder involved with various traditions
whom you could be referred to if you are interested. These traditions include Jewish,
Christian, Hindu, Islamic-Sufi, Pagan-Wiccan, Shambhala, Zen, Insight Meditation,