Naropa Magazine Spring 2013
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In Memoriam: Anselm Hollo

Professor Anselm Hollo passed away on January 29, 2013, following a long illness. Anselm was one of the pillars of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and a great friend to Naropa and beloved mentor to hundreds of students and an inspiring poet to countless readers around the world. Read More.

"Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy" with Joanna Macy

Naropa welcomed the return of Buddhist scholar and environmental activist Joanna Macy this February for a lecture on “Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy,” as well as a weekend workshop with the MA in Environmental Leadership students. In her lecture, Macy explained that while she used to consider hope a killer that removes one from the present, she has come to redefine it, asserting, “Hope isn’t something you have, it’s something you do.” Read More.

Naropa Celebrates Chuck Lief's Inauguration

With a ceremony rich in artistic expression, Naropa University inaugurated Chuck Lief as the president of the university on February 16, 2013, at Nalanda Events Center with close to three hundred in attendance. An art installation by longtime Naropa Visual Arts faculty member Cynthia Moku greeted guests and the percussive bells of Denver-based Gamelan Tunas Mekar orchestra invoked feelings of uplifted excitement and celebration. Distinguished Professor of Poetics Anne Waldman offered the poem “Generatively Speaking, Looking into the Darkness of One’s Own Time” with characteristic fervor. Read More.

Archaeology of an Artist

This March, Naropa welcomed the return of internationally recognized contemporary performer Meredith Monk, as the 2013 Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism Distinguished Guest Lecturer. A longtime friend of Naropa, Monk first became part of Naropa Institute’s faculty in 1975 and, inspired by the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, soon began studying and practicing in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Read More.