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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
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.