Richard Brown

Richard C. Brown | 303-245-4765

Professor, Contemplative Education
Core Faculty


MA in Contemplative Education


MA Buddhist and Western Psychology, Naropa Institute
Graduate Study, Earlham School of Religion
Certificate in Elementary Education, University of Denver
BA History, Knox College

From the heart

Naropa students and faculty are amazingly willing to enter into a mutual journey combining transformative self development with skill and content acquisition. The result is a university full of unique yet interconnected individuals.


The Naropa University President's Award for Teaching, May, 1998. 

Recent Publications

  • “Transitions and Rhythms in Higher Education Instruction.” A chapter in Contemplative Learning and Inquiry Across Disciplines. (2014) Edited by Gunnlaugson, O. Bai, H. Sarath, E. & Scott, C. SUNY, NY.
  • “Embodied Presence: Contemplative Teacher Education.” A chapter co-authored with Simone, G. & Worley, L. in The Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Emerging Theory, Research, and Programs Edited by Schonert-Reichl, K. & Rosier, R. Springer Press. Forthcoming January 2016.

Creative activity summary

I am one of three authors of the Care for Teachers program developed through the Garrison Institute. The results of studies on this short term inservice teacher training are showing positive results for teacher well being, as well as carry-over effects for improved classroom learning.

Courses taught

  • Authentic Knowledge
  • Transforming Instruction and Curriculum
  • Compassionate Teaching
  • Masters Project

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer

Have you ever helped a student reach an “ah ha” or transformational moment?

Students sometimes comment about the importance of the realization that contemplative qualities are natural, not an add-on. It's about cultivating what is already within them.

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What's next?

The sky is unlimited!

  		Richard C.