This educational style is based on the theory that when a teacher is mindful of what they are teaching, as well as how and why, their students reap a richer education. As stated in the program description at Naropa University in Colorado, Contemplative Education is, "From our perspective...based upon individual transformation through the cultivation of inherent spiritual human qualities, including mindfulness, awareness, empathy, authenticity, and synchronized body, speech and mind."
Naropa University is a private college founded in 1974 by the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.
The Contemplative Education Program at Naropa is based on Tibetan Buddhist teachings, which prepares teachers from pre-kindergarten to high education to bring a "nonsectarian, contemplative approach" into their classrooms. The overarching theme of the curriculum is creating mindfulness, compassion and awareness in the classroom as well as within the educator.
Naropa University offers a two-year (38-credit) low-residency Master of Education program. There are two tracks: Contemplative Education and Education Beyond the Classroom for non-classroom teachers. Fall and spring semesters are online, while the summer semester is based at Naropa's Colorado campus.