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As the birthplace of the mindfulness movement in the United States, Naropa University has a unique perspective when it comes to higher education in the West. Founded in 1974 by renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lineage holder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa was intended to be a place where students could study Eastern and Western religions, writing, psychology, science, and the arts, while also receiving contemplative and meditation training.
Forty-three years later, Naropa is a leader in ‘contemplative education’, a pedagogical approach that blends rigorous academics, contemplative practice, and experiential learning. Naropa President Chuck Lief explains, “Mindfulness here is not a class. Mindfulness is basically the underpinning of what we do in all of our classes. That said, the flavor or the color of mindfulness from class to class is really completely up to the individual faculty member to work on—on their own. So, what happens in a poetry class is going to look very different from what happens in a research psychology class. But, one way or another the contemplative practices are brought into the mix.”
This podcast is for those with an interest in mindfulness and a curiosity about its place in both higher education and the world at large. Hosted by Naropa alumnus and Multimedia Manager David DeVine, episodes feature Naropa faculty, alumni, and special guests on a wide variety of topics including compassion, permaculture, social justice, herbal healing, and green architecture—to name a few. Listen to explore the transformative possibilities of mindfulness, both in the classroom and beyond!

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As the birthplace of the mindfulness movement in the United States, Naropa University has a unique perspective when it comes to higher education in the West. Founded in 1974 by renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lineage holder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa was intended to be a place where students could study Eastern and Western religions, writing, psychology, science, and the arts, while also receiving contemplative and meditation training.
Forty-three years later, Naropa is a leader in ‘contemplative education’, a pedagogical approach that blends rigorous academics, contemplative practice, and experiential learning. Naropa President Chuck Lief explains, “Mindfulness here is not a class. Mindfulness is basically the underpinning of what we do in all of our classes. That said, the flavor or the color of mindfulness from class to class is really completely up to the individual faculty member to work on—on their own. So, what happens in a poetry class is going to look very different from what happens in a research psychology class. But, one way or another the contemplative practices are brought into the mix.”
This podcast is for those with an interest in mindfulness and a curiosity about its place in both higher education and the world at large. Hosted by Naropa alumnus and Multimedia Manager David DeVine, episodes feature Naropa faculty, alumni, and special guests on a wide variety of topics including compassion, permaculture, social justice, herbal healing, and green architecture—to name a few. Listen to explore the transformative possibilities of mindfulness, both in the classroom and beyond!

    85. Regina Smith: Visions of a Thriving Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community

    85. Regina Smith: Visions of a Thriving Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community

    Regina Smith, Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology from Naropa, has a contemplated what a thriving mission, culture, and inclusivity-driven community could look like. Regina and her Naropa team are mirroring this vision in order to make it less of a dream and more reality. Tune into this episode to catch a glimpse of her insights and find out how you can help.


    Episode Links:


    Nikki Giovanni


    Poetry: Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day


    Ubuntu
    I Am Because We Are


    Novel: Feminist Accountability
    Buy it at the Boulder Bookstore


    Big Quotes:
    "One of the things I know is that I’m not the one who knows, I’ve decided to demote myself from being the one who knows. So, I can just tell you about my experience, I can’t tell you whether it’s the ultimate truth."


    "How do we become okay with not being special or important or central, but rather becoming what’s needed for the collective to thrive?"


    Get To Know Your Host:
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    Your Next Noteworthy Listen:
    02. Judith Zimmer-Brown: The Science and Practice of Compassion
    Special Guest: Regina-Smith.
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    • 59 min
    84. Jamelah & Amanda: Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community at Naropa

    84. Jamelah & Amanda: Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community at Naropa

    Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community is a new division at Naropa University. It was created post murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor - when the push for closer alignment with unconditional peace was necessary for the conscious evolution of our Naropa community as mindfulness leaders. Learn more about the work this division is doing at Naropa from Jamelah - Restorative Community Coordinator & Amanda - Senior Director of Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community - in this Mindful U Podcast episode.


    Learn more about:
    -Transformative Justice Practices
    -Enhancing & Repairing Community Systems
    -Self-Regulation
    -Pro-Active Community Building
    -The Importance of Trust & Relationship Building


    Learn a term:
    -J.E.D.I. Conflicts -
    Justice.
    Equity.
    Diversity.
    Inclusion.


    Get To Know Your Host:
    Apple: David DeVine: An Intimate Interview and Mindful U Year In Review

    Spotify: David DeVine: An Intimate Interview and Mindful U Year In Review
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    Travis Cox: Ecopsychology & Psychedelics
    Special Guests: Amanda Aguilera and Jamelah Zidan.
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    83.Travis Cox: Ecopsychology and Psychedelics

    83.Travis Cox: Ecopsychology and Psychedelics

    Travis Cox, PhD is back after our first conversation, four years ago, this time adding on the lens of psychedelics to look at ecopsychology as a radical intervention. Explore the negative consequences of our disconnect from planet, personal, and spirituality and how it intersects and impacts ecopsychology when we introduce psychedelics to explore reconnected.
    Special Guest: Travis Cox, PhD.
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    82. Dr. Sara Lewis - Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

    82. Dr. Sara Lewis - Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

    "But it’s also a lot of sort of ordinary people who have tried everything else, you know, veterans, first responders, sexual assault survivors, people who have already been through years and years of therapy and different kinds of medications, people with substance abuse, people who have had suicide attempts.


    So the fact that the FDA has given MDMA and psilocybin, it’s now been demarcated with a status called breakthrough — which basically just means that the results have been so efficacious, that drugs are sort of given the status and expedited when it seems like the results are so promising."
    Special Guest: Sara Lewis .
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    • 53 min
    81. Jamie Beachy: Psychedelic Chaplaincy

    81. Jamie Beachy: Psychedelic Chaplaincy

    "When we’re with people who are reviewing the end of their life or saying goodbye to a loved one, there’s this heightened sense of connection and awareness, a lot of times in crisis and sometimes difficulty. Psychedelic journeys can be — not always be easy and expansive, sometimes they’re challenging. And so there are a lot of — lot of our training, I think crosses over well into psychedelic therapies. And in particular, chaplains have this capacity to help assess the spiritual and religious landscape for a person before they go into a psychedelic experience.


    Because what can happen is, you can have a very powerful existential, you know, awareness of like the presence of a being or maybe a feeling of connection and — and then it becomes important to integrate that with your — you know, understanding of the cosmos and the — your religious and spiritual commitments. So people can go into some degree of existential crisis or just transition — it’s a very creative space. And chaplains are good at navigating those spaces as they’re unfolding.


    So that’s what chaplains I think, have to bring to the field, but at the same time, there are a lot of religious taboos and a lot of teachings within the religious traditions that encourage staying away from psychedelic medicines. And so that conversation is very much happening in the field right now and among religious leaders and professionals and chaplains and it’s — it’s an interesting conversation that’s taking place you know about the right use of these medicines and plants and how we can also do that without harming the communities that they come from."
    Special Guest: Jamie Beachy.
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    • 55 min
    80. Anne Lamott and Neal Allen: Conversation for Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside of You

    80. Anne Lamott and Neal Allen: Conversation for Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside of You

    "When that first object that represents the truth of the belief that I have an emotional issue dissipates or disappears from me, I fall into exactly the state of being that Buddhists call equanimity. That state of contentment and self satisfaction that needs nothing at the moment. I don’t just get respite from my emotional issue that I happen to be looking at. I got respite from everything for you know a matter of minutes or hours, or it might stretch a little longer.


    And the more times I do it, or the more often that kind of respite can enter into it. Because eventually once I’ve done this 20, 30, 100 times it varies from person to person- I start to believe oh, that’s who I am. I’m not the voice up in my head. I’m actually this collection of body objects that’s — neither is who I actually am. But this one is telling the truth all the time."
    Special Guest: Anne Lamott.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

krose55 ,

So happy to have found this podcast!

Although I've never attended Naropa, I definitely have admired the school from afar. I was looking for more mindfulness-related content and very happy that this podcast cropped up with such recent, relevant, and high-quality content. Thank you!

Lunarjane ,

Stop interrupting the speaker

I can’t follow when I keep hearing the host constantly saying uh huh, yeah, oh yeah, right while the guest speaker is talking. It feels artificial and not in the moment of awareness. I’m disappointed. I expected a lot more from this podcast. Obviously some people are okay with this. The ratings are high. 😬

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