Published: Sept. 25, 2023

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The Contemplative Resource Center is delighted to partner with the University Libraries and Renée Crown Wellness Institute on the CU Days of Compassion, associated with The Book of Joy, the Buffs One Read for the 2023-24 academic year.

October 9 | Mission: Joy Film Screening and Panel Discussion

CASE Building, Chancellor's Hall on 4th Floor, 4:30-6:30pm

In celebration of the 2023-2024 Buffs One Read, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, we invite you to join us for a screening of Mission: Joy followed by a panel discussion featuring Thupten Jinpa, founder and director of the Compassion Institute, in conversation with CU Boulder scholars. Panelist include Sona Dimidjian, Director of the Crown Wellness Institute, and Reiland Rabaka, Director of the Center for African and African American Studies. Moderated by Michele Simpson, Research Associate at the Crown Wellness Institute, and Holly Gayley, Professor of Buddhism in Religious Studies.

Mission: Joy is a filmed conversation between two global icons of compassionate action, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who impart lessons gleaned from lived experience, ancient traditions, and cutting-edge science regarding how to live with joy, humor, and wisdom in the face of life’s challenges. 

Following the film, expert panelists will discuss the film’s message in terms of the science of compassion, creating a compassionate campus, and the practicalities of how compassion can make us more resilient to tackle the important social and environmental challenges that face us in a changing world. 

Registration required:

October 10 | Guided Practice on Norlin Quad

Lawn of Norlin Quad, 11am-1pm, Guided Practice is 11am-12pm

Join us on the lawn of Norlin Quad in celebration of CU Boulder Days of Compassion. Thupten Jinpa, the founder and director of the Compassion Institute and principal author of Compassion Cultivation Training, will lead our community in a guided compassion practice. Learn about campus services and offerings that support contemplative practices and community well-being. Representatives from campus groups focused on supporting the cultivation of joy, compassion, and well-being will be present and available to share information and resources. First-year and transfer students, stop by and grab your complimentary copy of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.

October 11 | Open Houses

Across Campus, Starting at 11am


Join the Renée Crown Wellness Institute at 1135 Broadway from 11am - 1pm for opportunities to learn about the Mindful Campus Program and the Crown Institute and to join us for a drop-in mindfulness practice from 12:30-1pm. The Mindful Campus Program offers 8-week mindfulness sessions, weekly community of practices and speaker series. If you plan to join the mindfulness practice at 12:30, please register here

Come to Norlin Library for an Open House at the East Entrance any time between 11am - 1pm to explore the Meditation Room, get info about the Buffs One Read and participate in a zine workshop.

Join the Contemplative Resources Center for Mindfulness Outdoors. Meet at 11am in front of the Humanities building on the Norlin Quad side. We’ll use the lawn for guided mindfulness practice and exercises outdoors. This is a 45 minute sampler, weather dependent, join anytime! In case of rain, we’ll use the foyer of Humanities. Sponsored by the Contemplative Resource Center at CU Boulder in conjunction with the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University.