Naropa Magazine Past Issues
In this issue, we focus on the versatility of and urgent need for contemplative education
in today’s challenging political, environmental, and social justice landscape. In
training future leaders to draw on mindfulness, compassion, and skillful action, Naropa
is answering the call to create a better and more just world. A number of articles
showcase the inspiring contributions our alumni are making—locally, nationally, and
internationally. We feature creative works by alumni Elizabeth Comport and Swanee
Astrid, and student Naomi Brodner; an interview with graduate and frequent guest faculty
Laird Hunt; excerpts of recent publications by faculty members Jeanine Canty, Gaylon
Ferguson, Karen Kissel Wegela, and Erika Berland; and an excerpt of Fania Davis’s
2017 Bayard and John Cobb Peace Lecture. As with many classes and meetings at Naropa,
we end with a bow, here, in memory of our dear friend and teacher Jack Collom. View Issue.
In this issue, we emphasize Naropa's commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion,
and service. Some pieces examine intersecting social identities and related systems
of oppression, domination, or discrimination through pedagogical approaches, compassionate
care, and diversity and leadership. This issue features an interview with Director
of Inclusive Community Regina Smith and original writing by Dean of Undergraduate
Education Carole Clements, former Naropa president Judy Lief, and a blog post from
Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor for Contemplative and Religious
Studies. We also excerpt talks given by visiting luminaries angel Kyodo williams,
Vassar Byrd, and Laura Rendon. View Issue.
The spring 2014 issue of Naropa Magazine celebrates Naropa's 40th anniversary. We
look back at the founding heritage, diverse influences, and artistic disciplines that
helped shaped Naropa University. Check out archival articles from The Naropa Bulletin, including an interview with Lee Worley, "Language & Biology" by Newcomb Greenleaf,
and "Education for an Enlightened Society," a transcript of a talk given by Chögyam
Trungpa Rinpoche in 1978. Read about 40th anniversary events and celebrations, as
well as Now & Next, Naropa's vision for fundraising. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche described Naropa as a
five-hundred-year project, so we look at the ways that Naropa students, alumni, and
faculty are reinvigorating contemplative education, rethinking leadership, and reimagining
mindfulness. View Issue.
The fall 2013 issue of Naropa Magazine highlights one of the three pillars of a Naropa
education: stewardship & sustainability. We're excited to share some of our curricular
innovations, including Naropa's new curricular arc and the Roving Professors Project.
We'll also highlight some of our alumni's groundbreaking work in addressing the multidimensionality
of stewardship and creating a more just and sustainable world. View Issue.
The Spring 2013 issue of Naropa Magazine highlights bold directions and innovation
at Naropa—both in terms of new curricular development and through the work of our
dedicated alumni. With plans in the works for Naropa's Sixth School, and new offerings
in Art Therapy and Film & Media Studies, we're expanding the horizons of contemplative
education. We're also proud to feature the cutting-edge work of our incredible alumni,
making their mark across the globe. View Issue.
The fall 2012 issue of Naropa Magazine focuses the ways Naropa provides a home for
the emerging social entrepreneur. In this issue, you will be introduced to several
alumni who are social entrepreneurs—innovative individuals who have elected to be
effective problem solvers across sectors. They are committed to balancing sustainable
and ethical economic action with concern about the effect of that action on all people
who are directly or indirectly impacted by the work. They demonstrate respect for
diverse perspectives and diverse experiences, and the impact on the environment. View Issue.
The spring 2012 issue of Naropa Magazine focuses on the many contributions our faculty make to the quality of a Naropa education.
In the words of President John W. Cobb, "Naropa faculty are to be lauded, far beyond
their job descriptions, for how they constantly spark this individual and collective
transformation, modeling it, carrying the wonder in and out of the classroom, constantly
inspiring us to go beyond the particular discipline or craft—and beyond ourselves." View Issue.
One way Naropa University meets its mission of preparing its graduates to meet the
world as it is and change it for the better is through course work that incorporates
community-based learning. As students gain real-world experience during their engagement
in the community, they are supplementing their intellectual understanding of the materials
they are studying in class with wisdom that comes from the heart. Additionally, their
efforts forge strong connections between the university and larger community. View Issue.
Naropa Magazine looks at the university through a themed lens each semester. Past
issues have focused on contemplative education, compassion in action, and our current
students. Archived PDF files of out-of-print issues are available here.