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Sharon Salzberg at Naropa

Saturday, October 1, 2016 // 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Both sessions will involve a short practice period, a lecture and Q&A

Empathy and Compassion

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Though we often use empathy and compassion to mean the same thing, a careful look reveals empathy, the felt sense of what someone else may be experiencing, to be a necessary but not sufficient condition  for compassion to arise. The difference between the two forms the way to being able to care about and connect to others while also avoiding burnout and overwhelm.

Equanimity and Resilience

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Equanimity can be described as balance, a spacious stillness that allows us to accept things as they are, avoiding apathy and indifference on the one hand and driven reactivity on the other. When true equanimity is present, it is the ground out of which resilience is strengthened and sustained transformation can occur. The nourishing agent for equanimity is wisdom.

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Monday, October 3, 2016 // 9:00.–11:00 a.m.
Boulder Chamber of Commerce // 2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO
$20 General Public; $15 Chamber Members

Happiness at work is really a thing, and we want to show you how!

Naropa University and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce are pleased to invite you to a special presentation with Sharon Salzberg, the New York Times bestselling author of “Happiness at Work.”

Sharon will share the following:

  • How to be committed to your work without being consumed
  • How to be competitive without being cruel
  • How to manage time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration
  • How to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do better, more productive work

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Sunday, October 09, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Join us for an evening talk and discussion with renowned scholar and practitioner Jan Willis as she draws from her personal experience and decades of teaching to explore these questions.

Jan Willis, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University and Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Agnes Scott College. She has studied with Tibetan Buddhists in India, Nepal, Switzerland and the U.S. for almost five decades, and has taught courses in Buddhism for over forty years. 

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SpillSpill poster

Written by Leigh Fondakowski
Created in collaboration with visual artist Reeva Wortel

Friday, October 14–Sunday, October 16
Friday, October 21–Sunday, October 23
Thursday, October 27–Saturday, October 29
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

General Admissions: $20
Naropa Faculty, Staff and Alumni: $15
Non-Naropa University Students: $15
Naropa Students Free with I.D.

Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

On April 20, 2010, the massive Deepwater Horizon oil rig, leased by British Petroleum (BP), and owned and operated by Transocean, exploded and burned off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest oil spill in history. For 87 days, millions of gallons of environmentally damaging oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico in what President Barack Obama called “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.”

Spill is based on over 200 hours of interviews collected in the aftermath of this spill. This can’t-miss theatrical event goes beyond the headlines to tell vivid personal stories from all sides of the country’s greatest environmental disaster.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 // 7:00–9:00 p.m. 
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue 

In the treatment of the effects of trauma, its inherent relationship with spirituality provides a vital link in the therapeutic process.  The understanding of a person's felt, spiritual connection is central to the therapeutic process.  If we are unable to access a person's spirituality, we may find ourselves trapped, as healers, in areas that are fraught with pitfalls and "tight corners".  The intimate association between trauma and spirituality suggest therapeutic avenues for supporting the authentic transformation of traumatic experiences. 

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Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

The Heart of Centering Prayer: Christian Nonduality in Theory and Practice

Weekend Course - Religious Studies course REL158/504W

Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23 // 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Public Talk

Sunday, October 23 // 7:00 p.m.
$20, free with weekend registration
Nalanda Events Center//6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Join us for a weekend of exploration of Centering Prayer, a surrender method of meditation or contemplative prayer that reaches back to the early days of Christianity.

Dr. Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, dividing her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. She is the founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School and the author of eight books, including The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Wisdom Jesus, Centering Prayer and Innner Awakening.

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Ongoing Events

What Where Series Fall 2016

What Where Series Fall 2016 // Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics 
Performances: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Reception for each event: 5:00–7:00 p.m. in the Nalanda Atrium
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

September 20 with MC Jeffery Pethybridge - Amy Wright, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Sarah Richards Graba & Jenni Ashby
October 4 with MC Michelle Naka Pierce - Eugene Lim, Jeffery Pethybridge, Sara Veglahn & Gabrielle Lessans
October 18 with MC Sarah Richards Graba - Muriel Leung, J'Lyn Chapman, Jade Lascelles & Danielle Ferrara

Art Exhibitions

Free and Open to the Public

The Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art.

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Meditation Instruction

Free and Open to the Public
Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Naropa offers weekly meditation instruction sessions, featuring guided meditation followed by instruction from experienced Naropa faculty members about mindfulness and its application in everyday life.  (Note about dates:  No session prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday, November 23rd and the final session for the semester will be Wednesday, December 7th.)



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