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Naropa University’s MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance Program Presents:


Directed by international guest artist Xu Jiali

February 14, 15, 16, 17 // 7:30 p.m.

Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue // Boulder, CO 80302


“With the eloquence of synchronized swimmers who possess a martial elegance, Naropa University’s graduate students of Contemporary Theater enact this classic tale of trickster wit. Inspired by folktales and song from Yushu Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province.”

Xu Jiali has studied Beijing Opera since she was 10 and worked for Shanghai Beijing Opera Company for two and half years. In 2003, she went to Singapore to take a three-year course in Theatre Training and Research Program with full scholarship, studying various western acting methods and traditional theatre performances of India, Japan and Indonesia under David Zinder, Robin Payne, Kanze Yoshimasa, William Sun, Cao Lusheng. She directed and performed a solo performance Karaoke Medea, directed Dario Fo’sMichele Lu Lanzone, and made a solo performance Shakuntala integrating Beijing Opera and Indian Kutiyattom Elements. Now she works in International Cooperation Centre at Shanghai Theatre Academy, and taught Beijing Opera classes in the US, UK, Italy, Australia, Romania and Bulgaria.

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Towards Right Relationship with Native Peoples Workshop

with Paula Palmer of Boulder Friends Meeting

Tuesday, Feb 21st 2-4:50pm Student Center (lower level Wulsin)


The Toward Right Relationship project offers this workshop in response to calls from Indigenous leaders at the United Nations and the World Council of Churches. The 2-hour exercise traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward “right relationship.” We provide a Resource Kit with suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action. PLEASE RSVP Jaime Duggan if you plan to attend at jduggan@naropa.edu.


Naropa Compassion Training:
An Eight-week Public Program

Mondays, March 6–May 1, 2017 // 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave.
Room 9235, Second Floor

General Registration: $195; Students: $50

Compassion is one of the great human virtues–the ground and basis for altruistic behavior. This program draws on mindfulness and compassion practices from wisdom traditions, in particular from Buddhism, as well as the findings of neuro- and social sciences. Presented by Naropa University, this special course features a team of faculty who draw on decades of teaching mindfulness and compassion practices from within a variety of disciplines, including psychology, counseling, Buddhist studies, and the arts.  (Discounts available for the Naropa Community - please watch your e-mail for the promotional codes.)

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The Joanna Macy Center at Naropa University presents

The Power of the Work that Reconnects in this time of challenge - with Joanna Macy

Three day intensive workshop:  Friday, March 10 - Sunday March 12, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day
Nalanda Events Center
6287 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO  80301
$400 General/$350 Seniors/$350 Naropa Faculty & Staff/$200 Naropa & CU Students w/ID

A full commitment and attendance to all three days of the weekend intensive is required to participate. The central purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to help people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other and with the systemic, self-healing powers in the web of life, so that they may be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable civilization. This is the aim of the Work That Reconnects: help us take part in the epochal shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. This Great Turning is happening now on many fronts.  Joanna Macy will also be speaking at the Boulder Shambhala Center, Thursday, March 9, 2017.  More Information on this talk and registration can be found here.

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The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values is pleased to sponsor:

An evening with Lama Surya Das:"Make me one with everything: Buddhist meditations to awaken from the illusion of separation."

Thursday, March 16 // 7:00-9:00 p.m
Nalanda Campus Event Center// 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Cost: $25

(NOTE:  This event is FREE to members of the Naropa Community - Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni but registration to reserve your space is encouraged as we do expect this event to sell out.)

Please join us for an evening talk with Lama Surya Das - one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars, His Holiness the Dalai Lama affectionately calls him “the American Lama”. Coupled with twenty years living in India and the Himalayas, Lama Surya has spent over forty five years studying Zen, Vipassana (mindfulness), Yoga, and Tibetan
Buddhism with many of the great old masters of Asia, including some of the Dalai Lama’s own senior teachers. He is an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order, a leading spokesperson for Buddhism and contemporary spirituality, a translator, poet, meditation master, cartoonist and spiritual activist.   We recommend advance ticket purchase for this event.

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Naropa University's Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education Presents:


Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Ave.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Nalanda Dojo (Rm 9180) // 6287 Arapahoe Ave.
Tickets: $95–$195; Discounts for Educators, Students

This public talk will introduce a “sentipensante (sensing/thinking) pedagogy” that emphasizes wholeness, contemplative engagement, and social justice. Participants will be guided in the development of deep, culturally validating experiences for diverse learners.

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April 28–29, 2017
Nalanda Events Center
Naropa University, Boulder CO

For over 21 years, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted, yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind.  (Discounts available for the Naropa Community - please watch your e-mail for the promotional codes.)




Transforming the Paradigm

June 1–4, 2017 

Nalanda Events Center 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO
Naropa University

Early Bird Registration Now Open!

As we inevitably face the personal, collective and institutional challenges of living and dying, patients, families, and healthcare professionals are exploring and putting into action new ways of understanding the value of contemplative care. Convene in a community of caretakers for keynotes, presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops and contemplative practices. Continuing Education hours available for nursing and counseling. (Discounts available for the Naropa Community - please watch your e-mail for the promotional codes.)

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Ongoing Events

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 - Resumes, Wednesday January 11, 2017

Free and Open to the Public
Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Nalanda Campus// 6287 Arapahoe Avenue // Room 9240

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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