Naropa's Mission & History

Classical Greece and Classical India hosted two of the most revered traditions of education that the world has known.

One wonders what might have happened if these two historical giants of academia had been able to combine their wisdom, to see the world from each other's perspectives, and finally arrive at a place where East and West truly met, exchanging valuable ideas and insights.

The fact is, this very phenomenon is unfolding today at Naropa University—a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education.

This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. By combining these two storied pedagogies, East and West are indeed meeting every day at Naropa University, and the resulting sparks of inspiration are flying.

Naropa University comprises a four-year undergraduate college as well as graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies. It offers BA, BFA, MA, MFA and MDiv degrees, as well as professional development training and classes for the community.

Naropa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Please visit our About section to learn more about Naropa.