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Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD

Professor and senior Tibetan Buddhist teacher

Judith Simmer-Brown is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University. She has practiced Tibetan Buddhism for 45 years and is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa’s founder.

As a Naropa Institute founding faculty member in the late 1970s, she and her colleagues pioneered contemplative pedagogy and meditation in the college classroom, and they continue that work with Naropa’s Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE), which she founded.

Dr. Simmer-Brown lectures and writes on Tibetan Buddhism, American Buddhism, women and Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative education. Her book Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism models contemplative scholarship of an esoteric religious tradition, skillfully integrating first-person inquiry with respected third-person research.

She has been active in interreligious dialogue internationally for decades, and as a board member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, she is a frequent contributor to their journal. With Fran Grace, she edited a groundbreaking collection of articles called Meditation and the Classroom.

 

Previous Programs

Radicalizing Contemplative Education: Compassion, Intersectionality, and Justice in Challenging Times

October 26 - 29, 2017

Thursday - Sunday, 3 nights

Please note:  this is for guests who will be arriving on Thursday, October 26 (recommended).  If you are arriving on Friday, October 27 , visit our 2-night stay page. Join us in the rich and revolutionary exploration of new visions for integrating contemplative practices and approaches to further compassion and justice in higher education and beyond. Seeking...

Radicalizing Contemplative Education: Compassion, Intersectionality, and Justice in Challenging Times - 2 Night Stay

October 27 - 29, 2017

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Please note:  this is for guests who will be arriving on Friday, October 27.  If you would like to arrive on Thursday, October 26 (recommended), visit our 3-night stay page. You will be charged a $95 surcharge to cover your meals and amenities for Friday morning and afternoon. Join us in the rich and revolutionary exploration of...