The 25th Anniversary of the Naropa Institute

July 13, 1999

Source: The Denver Post

On July 13, 1999, The Denver Post published an article reflecting on the growth of the Zen Buddhist-based Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado on its 25th Anniversary. Soon to become Naropa University this Fall, the Naropa Institute has more than 800 students, with about two-thirds in graduate programs, pursuing degrees in Buddhist studies, psychology, gerontology, and writing and poetics. Naropa now boasts satellite campuses in Mexico, Germany, and Oakland, California, with another to come in the Czech Republic. The Institute was propelled in its early years by Allen Ginsburg and the writings of Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. Anne Waldman, co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with Allen Ginsburg, stated: "I think Allen (Ginsburg) would be very happy with the continuity of the vision we had back in 1974."