Photo courtesy of Naropa University Archives
Bataan Faigao, was a beloved Naropa University professor and published poet who directed the Naropa’s Traditional Eastern Arts program. Bataan along with his wife, Jane Faigao, were instrumental in founding Traditional Eastern Arts program, and over the course of his thirty-year tenure, he inspired and taught countless students the arts of T’ai-chi Ch’uan as a complete system for health, meditation, self-defense, and as a way of the tao. He died suddenly while taking a pilgrimage to China during his sabbatical from Naropa. While this was shocking for family, friends, and community, his death was also significant in that he died and was cremated at Wu Dang Shan, a sacred mountain village considered the spiritual center of the T’ai-chi Ch’uan.