Upcoming Program & Events

Offering the timeless wisdom and boundless compassion of the Buddha to inspire individuals and create kind communities in today’s world

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Naropa University

Sanity within Chaos


Believe it or not, it is possible to dwell in a state of calmness even within the most intense periods of outer, or even inner, chaos. Fortunately for ourselves, the Buddha emphasized that we do not have to believe this; we can actually experience it for ourselves. According to the Buddhist approach to meditation, the possibility of “achieving” calmness exists because calmness is a quality of our mind’s native or natural state; it doesn’t need to be added. Once we connect with this inherent calmness even a little bit, we can recall it in flashes even in the most blustery of situations. During this program, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will share pith advice and instruction on how to access calmness as if it were in palm of the hand.

October 18 – 20th!

Friday night talk – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sat. morning sitting meditation – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Sat. morning Rinpoche talk – 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Lunch on your own – 12:00 -1:30 p.m.
Sat. afternoon – Discussion groups 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Sat. afternoon – Rinpoche talk 3:30- 5:00 p.m.
*Duplicate schedule for Sunday

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Emotional Rescue, Rebel Buddha, and other books. A lover of music, art and urban culture, Rinpoche is a poet, photographer, accomplished calligrapher and visual artist, as well as a prolific author. Rinpoche is the founder, president, and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi, an international community of Buddhist centers.
Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style, for launching the kindness initiative and for his outreach to communities internationally.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 or kbohan@naropa.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

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Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen: Bodhicaryavatara

“The Way of the Bodhisattva”

We are pleased to announce the topic of Lama Tenpa’s fall series.  He will teach on Shantideva’s  “Bodhicaryavatara” otherwise known as “the Way of the Bodhisattva”.  This profound and classic text is from 700AD and was written at the famed Buddhist Center Nalanda in India. This text has been an inspiration for students down through the ages.
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Acharya Lama Tenpa is a faculty member at Naropa and a guiding member of the Nitartha Institute faculty.  He is a scholar and translator and is revered around the world for his ability to teach such profound and essential texts in a clear and direct manner.
Contact Steve sherablt@gmail.com  or Rachel rcseely@gmail.com for more info
Date: September 18 – December 4th
            No class November 27th for Thanksgiving Holiday
Time: Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: 100 Arapaho Ave #6, Boulder
Suggested Cost:  $15/class in person or $120 for the series + audio recordings
Video Streaming: $95 + audio recordings (instructions for streaming will be sent following registration)
Follow the link to register and pay via paypal

Karma, Rebirth & Selflessness


When you say “it’s your karma” to someone, what are you really saying? Is it preordained fate or just a belief, or is there a scientific aspect to it?  How do we create our karma?
This class will discuss these ideas and the seminal topics of rebirth and selflessness from a Buddhist point of view. We will also examine how these ideas  effect our meditation and how they weave into the conduct our daily lives.
Come join us for some fun and intriguing discussion!
Date: Tuesday nights, November 5th - November 26th
Time:  7:00 – 8:30pm
Cost: $30 suggested for the whole series (text is $15)
Location: Nalandabodhi Boulder, 100 Arapahoe Ave. #6, Boulder, CO.
For more information or questions please contact Steve Burden sherablt@gmail.com
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Introduction to Meditation 5-Week Class

Through meditation you come to know and become friends with your mind—you first learn to tame your mind so that later you can train it.


This 5 week class will introduce the basics of beginning a meditation practice at home. The classes will progress from proper body posture, mindfulness techniques, skill development and working with mind, through support in sustaining a practice at home.

Each class will include time for meditation practice, discussion and reflection. Topics related to meditation and obstacles to meditation will be covered. We will also address questions related to suggested readings from Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

We invite you to join us in discovering the timeless and practical wisdom of mindfulness meditation and how you can bring it into your daily life in a gentle and joyful way. The following topics of interest will be explored, plus much more…

  • Body posture
  • Wakefulness
  • Is meditation rebellious?
  • Benefits of mindfulness
  • Finding precision & balance
  • Present moment awareness
  • Thoughts & emotions
  • Letting go of assumptions – what are we really experiencing?
  • Analytical mediation – developing insight
  • Suffering & the self

Date & Time:  Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Nov. 7th – Dec. 12th (no class Nov. 28th)

Location:  100 Arapaho #6, Boulder

Suggested Price:  $5 per class

Suggested Materials:  Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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Nitartha Institute: Mind & Its World 1


At Nitartha Institute, everyday thought and speech serve as tools for discovering definitive meaning, the unconditioned wisdom and spontaneous compassion of the buddhadharma. Combining an in-depth course of study with training in meditation and analysis, the Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan Buddhist science of mind.

Course Description:

This course explores the criteria of a valid cognition and its various classifications, based on the teachings of the Pramana tradition, or Buddhist epistemology and cognitive psychology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; when our mind is direct or not; what the difference is between deceiving and non-deceiving, mistaken and non-mistaken, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness. We will also study the objects of perceiving subjects.

Date:  Mondays, January 6th – March 30th

Time:  7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Nalandabodhi Boulder, 100 Arapaho Ave, #6

Registration details coming soon!

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche founded Nitartha Institute in 1996, under the guidance of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. The parent organization is Nitartha International, an educational organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibet’s heritage of religious and philosophical texts. Though the focus of our curriculum is the Kagyü and Nyingma understanding of the Dharma, the Institute upholds the importance of non-sectarianism and appreciation of the many forms of Buddhism. Students of any background are welcome and encouraged to attend—the Institute is open to all who are interested in deepening their study and practice of Buddhism.  https://nitarthainstitute.org/

Sunday Open Meditation

All are welcome!

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The sitting practice of meditation is an invaluable tool!
Come join us any Sunday morning between 9:00 and 11:00 AM.
We offer basic instruction at 9 am and continue with mindful sitting and walking meditation.

Green Tara Practice from 11:00 to 12:30 on the 1st Sunday of the month

On the 4th Sunday of the month, we have Open Heart Circle practice from 11:00 – 11:30 to send prayers to those who are ill or have recently died.  

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