Teachings on the Foundational Vehicle, also known as Shravakayana or Hinayana. Topics include egolessness, the four noble truths, the skandhas, the nidanas, karma, nontheism, working with yourself.
Teachings on the view of emptiness / shunyata, Zen, Madhyamaka, bodhichitta, awakened heart, the paramitas, the bodhisattva vow, compassion, tonglen, working with others.
Buddhist Vajrayana and Tantra
Teachings on sacred outlook, vajra nature, the three kayas, abhisheka, visualization practice, mahamudra, ati / dzogchen, magic, energy, the vajra master, mandala principle, the five buddha families.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Shamatha meditation, "development of peace", vipashyana awareness, mindfulness in meditation, working with ego, buddha nature, and post-meditation practice.
Psychology and Psychotherapy
Buddhist perspectives on psychotherapy; meditation and mindfulness in the therapeutic process; definitions of ego; transformation of confusion; working with emotions.
Art and Aesthetics
Dharma art, creative process, egolessness in artistic practice, art demonstrations, relative and absolute symbolism, art in everyday life.
Tibetan Buddhist Lineage
The historical Buddha, Kagyu "Practicing" Lineage, lives of Naropa and Milarepa, teacher-student relationship, devotion, three-yana tradition, unbroken teaching transmission.
Spirituality in America
Spiritual materialism, American karma, relationship of spirituality and culture, impact of Buddhist teachings in America, vision for Naropa Institute.
Poetry and Poetics
At the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, poetry and meditation, the poetic process, Beat poetry, Zen poetry, Tibetan poetics, readings, classes.
The central principles of the Shambhala path: basic goodness, fearlessness and gentleness, warriorship, sacred outlook, Great Eastern Sun.
Contemplative education, self-development and academia, art and education, philosophy of Naropa University, education and enlightened society, Buddhist ideas of education.
Naropa University History
Original vision of Naropa University; early innovations in poetics, dance, theater, psychology, Buddhist Studies departments; place in higher education in America; intensive meetings with Trungpa Rinpoche, faculty, students.
Death and Dying
Experimental approaches to, and traditional Tibetan views of, death and dying. Includes interview with Trungpa Rinpoche and Francesca Freemantle on their translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
The Tibetan Buddhist Path
The first formal seminar Chogyam Trungpa gave at Naropa Institute, presenting an overview of the basic geography of the Tibetan Buddhist path for the first time in North America. 1974 Naropa Institute.
Meditation: The Way of the Buddha
The inaugural session of Naropa Institute, during which Chogyam Trungpa gave an in-depth introduction to meditation. 1974 Naropa Institute.
Tantra: Journey Without Goal
An historic seminar in which Chogyam Trungpa presents tantric or vajrayana teachings of Buddhism to a large Western audience for the first time. 1974 Naropa Institute.
The Iconography of Buddhist Tantra
Chogyam Trungpa presents his vision of perception and symbolism according to tantric principles, emphasizing the continuity between ordinary life and Buddhist iconography. 1975 Naropa Institute.
The Three Yanas of Tibetan Buddhism
A landmark seminar that presented a complete overview of the three-yana approach (hinayana, mahayana, vajrayana) of Tibetan Buddhism to American audiences for the first time. 1975 Naropa Institute.
Ego and Its Projections
An uncompromising seminar that describes the mechanism of ego, how it generates confusion, and the role of meditation in freeing oneself from it. 1976 Naropa Institute.
Viewing and Working with the Phenomenal World
A nine-talk seminar on how working with one's mind allows us to then relate skillfully with the phenomenal world. 1976 Naropa Institute.
The Yogic Songs of Milarepa
A seminar on the life and teachings of great Buddhist meditation master Milarepa, exemplifying key aspects of the Buddhist path which remain up to date today. 1976 Naropa Institute.
The Theory and Practice of Meditation
Chogyam Trungpa discusses how to approach meditation, and through meditation how to skillfully relate to daily life. 1978 Naropa Institute.
The Transformation of Mind in the Buddhadharma
An essential presentation of the heart of the Buddhist path, involving working on oneself directly in meditation, the truth of impermanence, the five skandhas, vipashyana, and how gaps in our confusion lead to sympathy for others. 1978 Naropa Institute.
Visual Dharma I
This summer session on the arts at Naropa Institute drew an impressive range of prominent avant-garde artists. 1978 Naropa Institute.
Meditation in the Three Yanas
Chogyam Trungpa describes the Buddhist path to enlightenment through the stages of hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. 1979 Naropa Institute.
Visual Dharma II
Continues the seminal teachings on art and artistic practice through a Buddhist lens in 1978's Visual Dharma I. 1979 Naropa Institute.
Warrior of Shambhala
A pioneering seminar in which Chogyam Trungpa presented the central principles of the Shambhala path to the public for the first time. 1979 Naropa Institute.
An intensive seminar on view and practices of Mahayana Buddhism, based in part on Shantideva's classic work The Bodhicharyavatara. 1980 Naropa Institute.
The Life and Teachings of Naropa
This series explores the life and training of the great Indian pandit Naropa, for which the Institute was named. 1980 Naropa Institute.
Art and Sanity
Chogyam Trungpa emphasizes egolessness as the basis of formal art practice, and in the experience of art in one's everyday life. 1981 Naropa Institute.
Educating Yourself Without Ego
This seminar presents the path of taming one's mind through meditation, and opening oneself to appreciation of everyday life. 1983 Naropa Institute.
Naropa Institute: Celebrations
A collection of celebratory events from the early years of Naropa Institute, including three graduations, the first alumni dinner, first convocation, and a celebration for achieving candidacy for accreditation.
Naropa Institute: Christian-Buddhist Conferences
These landmark conferences were the first public forums of Christian-Buddhist dialogue in North America. They helped usher in a new era of interreligious communication across traditions focused on contemplative practice.
Naropa Institute: Meetings
Chogyam Trungpa held ongoing and illuminating meetings with faculty, students, and staff at Naropa Institute, discussing their experiences, and sharing ideas about how Naropa might contribute to both education and American society.
Naropa Institute: Open Secret
"Open Secret" was a radio program broadcast from Naropa Institute beginning in 1974, as panel discussions before a live audience.
Naropa Institute: Poetics Events and Classes
These historic poetry and writing events took place at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, the creative writing department of Naropa Institute.
Naropa Institute: Psychology and Psychotherapy Events
This pivotal series includes teachings and interviews Trungpa Rinpoche gave on the subject of psychology in various settings.
Naropa Institute: Public Talks
Chogyam Trungpa gave frequent talks to the public, which became a primary forum for his presentation of Buddhist teachings in America.