In 1984, when Barbara Dilley sought guidance from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who had
recently appointed her The Naropa Institute’s next leader, he reminded her, “invite
celebration and ceremony into your world.” These “two ‘c’s,” as Dilley calls them,
have remained an invigorating element of Naropa, even now, as we embark on our fortieth
year. Read More.
For most of the world, there is little question about how to measure a nation’s development—gross
domestic product (GDP) remains the long-established norm. The Kingdom of Bhutan, however,
has something a little different in mind. Witnessing a world characterized by seemingly
unlimited economic growth, yet no change, perhaps even slight decreases, in life satisfaction,
policymakers in Bhutan have devised a more holistic measure of development—gross national
happiness (GNH). Read More.
The mind, when at rest from a given task, turns automatically to concerns of oneself,
asserts Naropa’s inaugural Varela Lecturer, University of Miami brain researcher Amishi
Jha, PhD, summarizing recent findings in her research lab. Jha differentiates this
default mind wandering from “daydreaming,” which typically occurs intentionally and
with more creativity, constructiveness, and positivity. Read More.