Naropa's 40th anniversary celebration peaks with the Naropa Week, an embodiment of Naropa's exploration of intersections: among the arts, psychology, and spirituality; contemplation, the critical, and the creative; sustainability, justice, and compassion; and Naropa's vibrant roots and its dynamic future.
Bringing together alumni, faculty, friends, as well as national and international participants, these points of convergence will reaffirm Naropa University as a place of radical inquiry, radical authenticity, and radical engagement.
Naropa alumni are warmly invited to reconnect with friends and faculty, revisit campuses, and take part in Naropa's 40th anniversary celebration. Highlights include arts performances, music, theatre, readings, and poetry; Naropa classes with beloved Naropa faculty members; alumni service projects and a golf tournament; school reunions and receptions; and a birthday gala with food, music, and dancing. Help plan this exciting weekend: contact Melissa Holland, Alumni Relations, 303-546-3597 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned: naropa.edu/alumniweekend
AUGUST 1980: "THE NAROPA INSTITUTE IS...JUST A TINY LITTLE SEEDLING, WHICH HAS TREMENDOUS POSSIBILITY....YOUR WORK AND SUPPORT AND CONTINUED CRITICISM IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO [NAROPA]. THAT'S WHY WE ARE FOUNDING THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION."—Jeremy Hayward, then vice president, addressing alumni
Hosted by Naropa's Jack Kerouac School, [DIS]EMBODIED POETICS is a three-day biennial conference that explores intersections between innovative forms of creative and critical writing that are experientially rooted in contemplative practice. For four decades, our rich combination of experimentation, poetics, and contemplative awareness has generated innovation within our community and concentrically beyond. In celebration, we invite JKS alumni and the poetics community to submit proposals for panels and papers that speak to the theme of Writing/Thinking/Being: the creative, the critical, the contemplative. Please send proposals to email@example.com by April 30.
SUMMER 1974: TRUNGPA RINPOCHE SAT AT A TABLE WITH ALLEN GINSBERG, ANNE WALDMAN, JOHN CAGE, AND DIANE DI PRIMA, AND ASKED THEM TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY IN FOUNDING A POETICS DEPARTMENT. GINSBERG SHARED, "IT WOULD BE A WAY OF TEACHING MEDITATORS ABOUT THE GOLDEN MOUTH AND EDUCATING POETS ABOUT THE GOLDEN MIND."
Naropa presents a five-movement choral concerto by founding music faculty member, artist, jazz drummer, and improvising percussionist Jerry Granelli, in collaboration with composer Peter-Anthony Togni with funding from the Canadian government. Boulder's Ars Nova Singers, one of the leading choral ensembles in the U.S., in its 28th season, will perform the piece. Anchored in Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's poetry, the work also draws from the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, the Roman Catholic liturgy, Da Pacem, and a speech Malcolm X gave in March 1964.
"I REALLY BELIEVE NAROPA IS UNIQUE NOT ONLY TO BOULDER, BUT TO THE COUNTRY AS WELL. MOST SCHOOLS ARE INTERESTED IN TURNING OUT STUDENT BLOBS. THE STRUCTURE IS TOO RIGID AND THE PROCESS INVOLVED OF ACTUALLY FEELING AND MAKING MUSIC ARE NOT STRESSED ENOUGH. WHAT WE ARE ULTIMATELY TRYING TO CONNECT WITH HERE IS THE ESSENCE OF ALL MUSIC."—Jerry Granelli, 1980
This gathering of international spiritual leaders, scientists and activists focuses on one of the most dynamic and important topics of our time: compassion. Some themes that will be explored include living with an open heart, meeting the world as it is, and cultivating compassion in action. Insightful keynotes, dynamic dialogues, interactive workshops, and contemplative practice sessions will engage mind, heart and body, and are intended for anyone interested in contributing to a kinder world. Confirmed presenters include Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Dan Siegel, Vandana Shiva, Joanna Macy, Bernie Glassman, Vincent Harding, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Noah Levine, Judy Lief, Judith Simmer-Brown, Christine Caldwell, Susan Skjei, Arawana Hayashi, Adam Bucko, Marc Bekoff, Bernard Amadei, among others.
"COMPASSION IS NOT HAVING ANY HESITATION TO REFLECT YOUR LIGHT ON THINGS."—CHÖGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE
Visit naropa.edu/40 for more details about Naropa Week events.