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Associate Professor, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Religious Studies
Core Faculty


BA in Visual Arts
BA in Religious Studies
Contemplative Religions
Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
Master of Divinity


BFA, Massachusetts College of Art

Areas of Specialization:

  • Buddhist Meditation
  • Visual and Verbal Arts

Robert was Chair of the Visual Arts program at Naropa University from 1996 to 2003. He continues to teach in the Visual Arts, MFA Theater, and Religious Studies programs. Robert has worked as a painter, graphic designer, illustrator, piano re-builder, and musician. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally and appears in numerous publications. Robert has practiced and taught Buddhist meditation for forty years. He was director of Dorje Khyung Dzong, a rural retreat center, and Karma Dzong, an urban meditation center in Boulder, Colorado. He is also co-founder of Mountain Water, an artist's retreat in the wilds of southern Colorado. Visit his website at