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Natural and Social Sciences
MA Buddhist and Western Psychology, Naropa Institute
Graduate Study, Earlham School of Religion
Certificate in Elementary Education, University of Denver
BA History, Knox College
Areas of Specialization:
- Contemplative Education
- Contemplative Teacher Education
- Child and Adolescent Spiritual Development
Richard C. Brown founded the Contemplative Education Department at Naropa University in 1990. He is also involved with various initiatives developing contemplative pedagogy and curriculum at Naropa and serves on the Elders Council to the President. Richard’s experience includes teaching at a public elementary school and at a Buddhist-inspired K-12. He has been involved in the formation of several contemplative schools, helped develop rites of passage programs, and has published a Buddhist view of child and adolescent spiritual development.
Richard has written on various areas of contemplative teacher education including mindfulness, emotional awareness, and observation. He has consulted on three continents with educational organizations about how to bring mindfulness and contemplative education to teachers and schools. Most recently, Richard worked with the government of Bhutan as it launched the reform of the country’s education system.
Richard C. Brown, Co-Chair of the Department of Contemplative Education, founded the Contemplative Education Department at Naropa University in 1990. Brown has consulted on three continents with educational organizations about how to bring mindfulness and contemplative education to teachers and schools. Among Brown’s publications are several that describe contemplative education:
"Inner to Outer: The Development of Contemplative Pedagogy" is Brown’s chapter from a forthcoming book.
"Taming Emotion: Tibetan Meditation in Teacher Education" is an article Brown authored that was included in Nurturing Our Wholeness: Perspectives on Spirituality in Education, edited by John P. Miller and Yoshi Nakagawa (Foundation for Educational Renewal, 2002).
"The Teacher As Contemplative Observer" appeared in Educational Leadership, which was published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, December 1998/ January 1999.
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