a Buddhist-inspired liberal arts university
At Naropa University, academic rigor facilitates intellectual growth, but it doesn't stop there. By going beyond academic rigor to include self-awareness, mindfulness, community building, and experiential learning techniques, Naropa delivers an experience that is purposefully designed to be a whole-person education. Unique and relevant challenges will take you further than traditional education, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. 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.
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. Contemplative education transcends the idea that knowledge arises in the thinking mind only. Instead, it invites students to embrace the immediacy of their interior lives as a way to fully integrate what they learn. Contemplative education is more than traditional education with a course in meditation added in; it offers a new approach to what it means to be educated in the modern Western liberal arts tradition. Woven into the fabric of the curriculum are practices that include sitting meditation, compassion practices, Centering Prayer, t'ai chi chuan, yoga, Chinese brushstroke, and ikebana. Students' engagement in these contemplative disciplines allows them greater depth of insight and concentration.