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Naropa Institute Events fonds
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June 1974 - 26 July 1985 (Creation)
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ca. 85 sound recordings
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The Naropa Institute is a private, non-profit, liberal arts college located in Boulder, Colorado offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts social sciences and humanities. The institute was founded in 1974 as a division of the Nalanda Foundation, a non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization by the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Naropa Institute is modeled on Nalanda University, a Buddhist institution which flourished in India from the fifth to the twelfth centuries. When the institute opened in the summer of 1974 its program of studies attracted 1800 students and eighty faculty. Over 100 courses and workshops were offered in Eastern and Western traditions of meditation, philosophy, psychology, poetry, creative writing, theater, dance, music and visual arts. Faculty have included well-known figures such as Allen Ginsberg, John Cage, Gregory Bateson, R. D. Laing, Anne Waldman, Harvey Cox, William Burroughs, and Herbert Guenther, among many others. Trungpa Rinpoche acted as president of the institute from 1974 to 1985. That year the institute was re-organized as a separate non-profit educational corporation under the direction of a board of trustees of which Trungpa Rinpoche was an ex-officio member until his death in 1987. In 1980 the institute appointed its first dean, Judith Lief, who was succeeded in 1985 by Chancellor Barbara Dilley. After Trungpa Rinpoche's death in 1987, the title of president became available and in 1989 the title of chancellor was changed to reflect that. The current president of the institute is John W. Cobb. The institute received accreditation from the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1986. On 25 July 1990 the institute formally reasserted its original name the Naropa Institute.
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Fonds consists of sound recordings created or acquired by Vajradhatu Recordings pursuant to its policy of creating a permanent record of the teaching and administrative activities of the Venerable Trungpa Rinpoche and other principal teachers and administrators of the Nalanda Foundation and its divisions. Included are recordings of academic and administrative events presided over or conducted by Trungpa Rinpoche or his successor the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin and by other noted teachers, scholars or artists.
Some audio reels show evidence of deterioration.
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Finding aid available. Inventories of series contents available. An inventory of verbatim transcriptions of some records in the fonds exist.
Related materials may be found in the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche fonds, the Vajradhatu fonds, the Vajradhtu Seminary fonds, Nalanda Foundaiton fonds, Shamabhala Training Events fonds and the Vaira Regent Osel Tendzin fonds.
Further accruals are expected.