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April 6, 2010

elephant exclusive: Alleged Embezzler of $450,000 at Naropa University identified.

Already Fired: Naropa University’s A/P Clerk.

Reported in Naropa’s campus paper; the identity of the alleged thief hasn’t been reported publicly until now.

Call it investigative journalism…or call it reading…but I finally figured out who embezzled all that money from Naropa. Didn’t hurt that I know half the campus, and was told personally—but I needed some verification.

Well, tonight I was reading (I mean, investigating, sounds more impressive, that way?)…and realized that Naropa University itself identified the alleged thief of $450,000 four days ago, on April 1st, in their own student publication, The Sycamore.

While we bear no ill-will to the confused alleged thief, their alleged actions have caused immesaurable harm to a relatively small, already financially vulnerable institution. It’s a good thing vulnerability is the basis of warriorship in the Buddhist tradition that played a pivotal role in inspiring Naropa itself. Translation: so many alumni, teachers, students, administrators and friends of the University love Naropa so much that it may only be the stronger for this hard, hard lesson learned.

To read the full story, click here or click the article below.

Confused about how to feel about the alleged thief? The traditional Buddhist approach is…our enemies are our best teachers. Do tonglen for the alleged thief.

So, again, let’s turn this into a constructive situation, at least to a small extent. Use this tragedy, and our love for Naropa and its past and future, to give, if so inspired:


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