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About Contemplative Practice

It is only within community that we can be fully known and experience the uniqueness and diversity of others.  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s vision for Naropa went far beyond the walls of the classroom or the boundaries of the campus. We strive to create an atmosphere and offer practices that encourage and nurture a student’s authenticity and genuineness in order to be of service to others in a way that is open and nonjudgmental.

Through meditation and other contemplative practices, students have the opportunity for self-reflection, to explore their personal challenges and deepen trust in their own inherent worth and basic goodness. Through community dialogue and interreligious explorations, students can then engage in addressing the suffering and injustices of society with confidence and humility. 

Contemplative Practices Coordinator

Giovannina Jobson
303-245-4603
gjobson@naropa.edu 
 
The Contemplative Practice Coordinator can provide students support for spiritual aspects of their education and development, by providing them with a meditation instructor/mentor and giving referrals for mentors in many of the world wisdom traditions. At the University -wide level, the Contemplative Practice Coordinator coordinates Community Practice Day each semester and does programming that reflects the various spiritual traditions that are available in the area. In her role as Contemplative Practice Coordinator, Giovannina Jobson brings her experience in contemplative practices, inter-religious dialogue and her passion for religious pluralism to enrich our contemplative landscape. Giovannina is a senior student of Naropa's founder Trungpa Rinpoche. she is a graduate of the MA Religious Studies program in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Contemplative Religions. She is an ordained Buddhist minister in the Shambhala  Buddhist tradition (Upadhyaya). During her 14 years at Naropa, Giovannina participated in the development of the Master of Divinity program, served as a graduate academic advisor as well as a faculty member in the Religious Studies Department and the Naropa Core program. she works closely with Naropa's Mindfulness instructor Training and supervises that program. Trained by Trungpa Rinpoche, Giovannina is a Dharma artist expressing her creativity through rituals and ceremonies for the purposes of healing, inspiration and community building. As an engaged member of the Denver-Boulder community, she participates in various volunteer services as well as speaking on meditation in local churches, schools and other organizations.

Since its inception in 1974, NaropaUniversity has offered meditation instruction to any student, staff, or faculty member who requests it. Naropa has done this because of our commitment to contemplative education. From that perspective, getting to know oneself and one's world through meditation practice or other contemplative disciplines is viewed as equally important to the study of specific fields of knowledge.There is no charge for meditation instruction for staff, faculty, and enrolled students.

What kind of meditation instruction is given?

The meditation instruction given is a mindfulness meditation technique called shamatha (Sanskrit for "calm abiding") In Shamantha practice, the breath is the anchor of the meditation. It is similar to meditation in the Zen and Theravadin Buddhist traditions and to vipassana meditation. Mindfulness and awareness that come out of such practice can be relevant to an individual's life regardless of religious orientation.

Where can I meditate?

Meditation halls are located at the Arapahoe Campus (LincolnBuilding), the Paramita Campus, and the Nalanda Campus. Each Meditation Halls is available to the Naropa community and the public for silent practice when the buildings are open.

Am I required to receive meditation instruction?

There are various ways that meditation instruction is offered to incoming students. Some departments require students to take a meditation class, in which case individual and/or group instruction will be provided in that class.

Is meditation instruction a requirement for me?

New students can check the beige sheet in their orientation packet to clarify if there is a requirement in their department. Returning students can check with their departmental advisor.

How do I connect with a meditation instructor?

Any student, staff or faculty member who is interested in recieing individual meditation instruction may email Giovannina Jobson. You may also call her at 303-245-4603

Who are the meditation instructors?

The instructors are persons living in the Boulder area who have been practitioners for at least five years and who have been trained in teaching the shamatha or mindfulness meditation technique. They have been approved either through the Naropa University Mindfulness Meditation Training course or through the Shambhala Buddhist Centers. Most of the instructors are faculty, staff or alumnae of Naropa, or have taken classes here.

How much time does meditation instruction take?

The general guideline is one meeting per month but it also depends upon how much meditation becomes part of your schedule. The more often you meditate, the more likely you will have questions which you want to discuss with an instructor.

What if I am not interested in sitting meditation but would like to find out more about a particular spiritual tradition?

There are faculty, staff and other persons in Boulder involved with various traditions whom you could be referred to if you are interested. These traditions include Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Islamic-Sufi, Pagan-Wiccan, Shambhala, Zen, Insight Meditation, and others.

 

Naropa University houses three meditation halls, one on each campus, for silent sitting meditation available to students, faculty, staff and visitors. The halls are open whenever the buildings are open. At times, there are group drop-in sitting sessions that are open to all and advertised each semester in the Naropa Weekly.

Boulder Contemplative Practice (as of Spring 2011)

 

Boulder is known for its myriad of spiritual opportunities. Persons new to the area may be excited and even overwhelmed by the options. This resource list provides information about some of the ongoing practice and spiritual groups available in Boulder. The listings have some relationship to the Naropa community. 

 

 

BUDDHISM

 

Group Meditation at Naropa:

Naropa Group Meditation

Lincoln Meditation Hall
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
Weekday meditation sessions:
Mon.–Fri. 8:00–8:45 a.m.

Paramita Campus
Meditation Hall,
3285 30th St.
Mon.–Fri. 8:15–8:45 A.M.

Nalanda Campus
Meditation Hall
6287 Arapahoe Ave
Mon.–Fri. 8:00–8:20 A.M.

 

 

ZEN GROUP

Great Mountain Zen Group

Gerry Wick Sensei
Mon. 5:15–6:30 p.m.
Lincoln Meditation Hall,
Arapahoe Campus

Call 720-890-1800 for other sitting times at Zendo, located at 1110 Sparta Dr., Lafayette, CO

Boulder Zen Center
Briar Rose B&B
2151 Arapahoe Ave
www.boulderzen.org
Mon.–Fri. 6:00–7:40 a.m.

 

 

INSIGHT MEDITATION (VIPASSANA)

Tues 7–9 p.m. meditation and talk by David Chernikoff
Unitarian Universalist Church
5001 Pennsylvania Ave
Boulder, CO.
and
Thursdays 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Meditation and talk by
Peter Williams
Guild for Structural Integration

Contact Ani Liggett at
303-664-0243 or visit www.insightcolorado.org

 

 

SHAMBHALA TRAINING


Boulder Shambhala Center
1345 Spruce St. 
303-444-7881 (Afternoons)
www.boulder.shambhala.org

Shamantha meditation and Shambhala teachings. Shambhala training available for Naropa Credit

Meditation weekdays at
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7–10 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.–noon and 2–5 p.m. Open house Sundays from 10:30 a.m.–noon
Student membership available.

 

 

THICH NHAT HANH’S TEACHINGS OF MINDFULNESS


Mountain Stream Sangha

1800 30th St. Suite 201A
Sitting every Thursday 7-9pm
Free of charge
For more information Call
Jen at 720-231-9595 or
Mark at 303-862-6783

 

Spacious Heart Sangha
For location information call 303-545-2266 and leave a message.
Sitting Thursdays 7–9 p.m.
Please bring your own cushion

 

 

BAHA’I FAITH


Baha'i Faith of Boulder
Largely CU students.
Contact Marilyn Fisher at
303-443-6422

 

 

JUDAISM


Jewish Renewal Community of Boulder

Call 303-271-3540
for current activities or visit
www.neveikodesh.org

Har Hashem:
Reform Jewish Congregation
3950 Baseline Road
Call 303-449-7077
for a schedule of services and events or visit
www.congregationharhashem.org

Boulder Aish Kodesh

An Open Orthodox Congregation
1805 Balsam Ave
303-443-2497 or visit
boulderaishkodesh.org

 

 

SUFISM


Halveti-Jerrahi Gatherings
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
For information call
Habib Ashki at
303-443-8029

 

 

CHRISTIANITY

Contemplative Roman Catholic Practice
Contact Fr. Alan Hartway, CPPS
303-245-4659

Taize Contemplative Worshop
(Christian Chanting, prayer, scripture and silence). Held the second Thursday of the month
at 7:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
950 28th St.
Call 303-442-1861

Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder
Offers Sunday Services
at 10:30 a.m.
5001 Pennsylvani Ave
Call 303-494-0195

Boulder Meeting of Religious Friends (Quaker)
Held Sundays at
8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. or
ICUU-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

 

HINDUISM

 

Siddha Yoga Meditation Center of Boulder: Chanting Wednesdays from 7:30–9 p.m., 1800 30th St., #212 in the Crossroads Gardens Building.  Call 303-444-6074 for a schedule.
 

 

CONTEMPLATIVE ARTS

 

Ikebana: Japanese art of flower arrangement. Call Eileen Kay at 303-449-0192.

       

Japanese Tea Ceremony: Open hearth tea ceremony on Mondays 3–6 p.m. at the Naropa Teahouse, 2130 Arapahoe Ave.

 

Walking the Labyrinth:  An ancient, sacred practice.  United Methodist Church (basement), 14th and Spruce St. Drop-in Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Wed. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Call 303-442-3770.

 

 

**Colorado’s holistic journal, Nexus, offers a broader resource for activities in Boulder.  Nexus is available in Sycamore Hall and at the Paramita Campus and includes information on women’s health, bodywork, healing, psychology & growth, classes, workshops, spiritual practices, and intuitive arts.

If you are interested in working with an individual meditation instructor please contact Contemplative Practice Coordinator Giovannina Jobson at 303 245 4603 or gjobson@naropa.edu.

 

We offer an energetic team, ready to facilitate in individual and group celebration, and foster friendship and growth.

Our mission is to provide ongoing spiritual care for the Naropa Family and outreach to the larger community. 

We are committed to offering support:

  • During times of transition
  • In creating and nourishing connection
  • In holding a safe space for all

The Naropa Chaplaincy Project is an annual offering of the Master of Divinity program, developed and staffed by third and fourth year MDiv students. It is supervised by Victoria Howard, PhD, and Roger Dorris, PhD . The team leader is Katie McEwen. The Naropa Chaplaincy Project is supported by the Religious Studies Department, with special support from Vicky and Roger, as well as Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, Giovannina Jobson, and John Weber.

Click Here to download the Naropa Chaplaincy Brochure

Naropa Chaplaincy Project
303-245-4823; chaplains@naropa.edu