Naropa University founder Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1940 as a lineage holder of both the Kagyü and Nyingma Buddhist
traditions. He fled for northern India in 1959 after the Chinese invasion of Tibet, and continued to teach and transmit the wisdom of
the Buddhist dharma. In 1963, he received a sponsorship to study comparative religion, philosophy, and the fine arts at Oxford, and it
was there that he became fluent in English and familiar with the needs and interests of Western students.
Trungpa began teaching Buddhism in the United States in 1970. Through the mid-80's, he taught extensively and founded meditation centers
throughout North America and Europe, becoming widely recognized as one of the foremost teachers of Buddhism in the West. With the
founding of the Naropa Institute (later to become Naropa University) in 1974, Trungpa realized his vision of a university that would
combine contemplative studies with traditional Western scholastic and artistic disciplines.