Naropa recently received an exciting update from alumnus Bao Nguyen:
“I graduated 2006 MA Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies. Now as mayor of Garden Grove, California, I’m the first Vietnamese American Democratic mayor in the United States, the first directly-elected openly gay mayor in Orange County, California, and candidate for U.S. Congress, where I would become the first openly gay immigrant to ever serve in Congress.
I practice applying my Naropa contemplative education every day in my work as a public servant. Naropa has taught me how to develop authentic leadership skills to embrace the challenges of political life as opportunities to cultivate resilience and to be a warrior for peace and justice.
Last July, on behalf of my city, I presented the key to the city to the Dalai Lama and proclaimed the City of Garden Grove a City of Compassion on the occasion of His Holiness’ 80th birthday. Upon receiving the key, His Holiness said, “Compassion is the key to inner peace and happiness.”