Naropa: Now & Next

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Naropa: Now & Next

Investment for the Future: $4 million for Naropa over 3 years

Four decades ago, Naropa pioneered a movement in higher education, defining a new way to educate that combines the best of Eastern wisdom and Western scholarly traditions. Naropa's unique vision for a better educational model planted the seed for the "mindfulness revolution" (TIME, February 2014) now taking hold across the country. Today, mindfulness practice infuses corporate and business culture, healthcare, nonprofits, and the military.

The hallmark of Naropa's educational approach is contemplative pedagogy. Integrated into all of the university's academic disciplines and departments, contemplative pedagogy makes Naropa a multi-layered experience of rigorous academics and purposefully designed contemplative experiences, encouraging self-awareness and compassion for others.

Inspiring Social Good—Contemplative practice fosters self-awareness and compassion, enabling our students to both deliver and benefit from various forms of counseling and therapy. Many Naropa alumni use their experience to serve their communities via one of the many "helping profession" degree programs offered.

Cutting Edge Faculty—Naropa's unique learning approach has drawn faculty from a wide array of spiritual and religious traditions, linked together by a desire to integrate inner-knowing into their classrooms. For forty years, our faculty have collaborated, critiqued, experimented, and established numerous contemplative pedagogies that serve as a standard in this emergent field, which are in use across a variety of platforms, conferences, and practices.

In celebration of its 40th year, now is the time for Naropa to take its seat as the premiere teaching institution in contemplative and mindfulness education for the next chapter in its 500-year journey.

How will you support the next steps in our journey?

Now & Next Gift Opportunities

In addition to our existing choices in giving and various giving opportunities, we are developing several new options for supporting the Naropa Now & Next initiative.

Student Scholarships and Fellowships—Create endowed scholarships, support existing scholarships, and expand student awards, in undergraduate education at The Naropa College, as well as in graduate fellowships in the arts, psychology, religious studies, and writing and poetics.

Exciting new initiatives and partnerships coming in the next three years:

  • Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE)
  • Center for Bhutan Initiatives
  • Naropa Institute for Professional Development

Faculty Exploration—An investment in and jump-start of research that faculty are engaged in, laying the groundwork for future initiatives

Endowment Match up to $175,000

Annual Support for library archives, student community, and programs and departments that support faculty professional development

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