Thirsting for an education that matters, to you and the world? Yearn to dive into
a liberal arts program where you are exposed to the great intellectual traditions
of the West and East? Want to grow intellectually and professionally, within a rich
The pursuit of wisdom at Naropa University means learning both about academic subjects
and about one's own place in the world. The mission of contemplative education—combining
the best of Western and Eastern academic traditions—places Naropa on the cutting edge
of the newest and most effective methods of teaching and learning.
Our generous scholarship and financial aid packages make it possible for a diverse
range of students to attend Naropa. In fact more than 79% of our graduate students
and 70% of our undergraduates receive some kind of financial assistance.
Naropa University is a Buddhist-inspired, student-centered liberal arts university
in Boulder, Colorado. A recognized leader in contemplative education, Naropa's undergraduate
and graduate programs emphasize professional and personal growth, intellectual development,
and contemplative practice.
Life outside the classroom is a huge part of your experience at Naropa University. There
are numerous opportunities for you to get involved. Serve the community through a
service project, alternative break, or ongoing volunteer experience. There's an incredibly
vibrant community here at Naropa University. Get involved - create community!
Contemplative education has been at the core of the Naropa experience since our founding
in 1974 as a vision to bring together the best of Western scholarship and Eastern
world wisdom traditions. It combines three distinct educational approaches to deliver
the most innovative liberal arts education in America.
There are tons of ways to get involved, stay in touch and support Naropa. Whether
you are a prospective student, parent, alumnus or just interested in contemplative
education, we are here to answer your questions and keep you informed and connected.
Looking to attend Naropa University this fall? There is still time to apply!
A Naropa education is an innovative combination of three educational pedagogies that
define contemplative education.
Purposeful attention to interpersonal and community engagement fosters connection
Expanded thinking, personal sustainability practices and a clear view inward unleash
innovation and creative expression.
A leadership program for a just and sustainable future.
In 2013, the Naropa Community Art Studio and Lotus Outreach established a partnership
for the Counseling and Reintegration program in Cambodia… See More
October 16–19, 2014Join us for a symposium dedicated to compassion, the new radicalism of our time… See More
January 12–May 8, 2015Become the leader the world needs now. Effectively lead the changes you want to see in the world… See More
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Due to its favorable weather, eclectic local shops, scenic mountain views, and bike-friendly
layout, Boulder ranks at #3 on Travelers Today's list.… See More
Naropa University has fully divested from its holdings in companies identified as
having the highest potential greenhouse gas emissions… See More
The recent renovation to our performing and visual arts campus has more than quadrupled
Nalanda's available classroom space… See More
Meet Lola Gerber, an MFA student in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, who has deeply
valued the experimental atmosphere at Naropa… See More
Meet Peter Grossenbacher, director of Naropa University's Consciousness Laboratory, where he and students
work to shed light on the nature of human consciousness… See More
Meet Haruna Tsuchiya (MFA '12). Since graduating, Haruna has become an instructor at Mahidol University
in Bangkok, Thailand.…See More
Contemplative education has been at the core of the Naropa experience since our founding in 1974, combining
the best of Western scholarship and Eastern wisdom traditions... See More