Teaching at Naropa
Since 1981, I have been a member of the faculty of the M.A. Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The only Buddhist-inspired university in North America, Naropa is a lively and unusual place.
Since 1975, Naropa University has offered a unique training program leading to an M.A. The name of the program has changed over the years, and the degree is now called an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology. It has been my joy to teach in this program that integrates Buddhist psychological principles with the practice of psychotherapy. Starting with the idea that all of us possess a fundamental wakefulness known as “Brilliant Sanity,” the program teaches students how to recognize the seeds of that inherent nature and how to nurture them both in themselves and their therapy clients. Through meditation practice, through intellectual and experiential study of the art of psychotherapy, and through small and large group process, students are prepared for careers as counselors and psychotherapists.