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On Naropa's Supportive Community

Community and support are very important to me. I have two wonderful mentors who meet with me twice a semester. These mentors help me to personally develop and empower myself. They ask questions and challenge me while providing guidance and encouragement, and our relationship is based upon trust and respect. I also have a meditation instructor who is also a discussion leader in one of my classes. I meet with my mi twice per semester as well, and meetings with my teachers are encouraged and sometimes required. Study groups seem to happen organically.

During my entrance interview at Naropa, there was a group of people on the lawn. Some had dowsing sticks, and others were making wavelike patterns with their hands. When I asked the admissions counselor what was occurring, she said that they were "redistributing the energy on the green." This experience validated my excitement about attending Naropa University.

Tools for Life

I recently completed Shambhala Level I, a 1-credit weekend retreat at the Boulder Shambhala Center. Elaine Yuen, the instructor for the course, is also a core faculty member in Religious Studies. The weekend retreat consisted of lectures, discussions, and a combination of sitting, walking, and yoga meditation. The retreat allowed me to foster a nurturing and growing relationship with a sangha that involves other Naropa students, visiting practitioners, and the local community. I plan to attend all five levels of the Shambhala trainings.

Naropa also offers a Chinese Medicine course in the Five Elements. Through this course with Marlow Brooks I learned about how the Five Elements manifest in the body. The relationship between the Five Elements in the body affect health and well-being. Those relationships are always present in nature. In my T'ai-chi practice, there are many Taoist principles that flow through Chinese Medicine as well. One of the T'ai-chi principles is to separate yin and yang in our movements. The T'ai-chi postures balance heaven and earth through the body, with head suspended in the the heavens and body rooted in the earth.

 

 

 

Why Naropa?

"My Naropa education fulfills my need for scholarly pursuits interweaved with contemplative practice and direct experiential learning. It fulfills my soul's deepest imaginings and my mind's boundless curiosity."

 

 



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