Judith Simmer-Brown

Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., has just retired as Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and served as an acharya from 2000-2022.. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men. She has also edited Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY 2011). She and her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Upcoming Programs by Judith Simmer-Brown

Dakini’s Warm Breath Multi-Track Weekthun

Also Greg Smith and Dhi Good

January 1–9, 2023

Dakinis are female visionary deities in Tibetan Buddhism who are emblems of meditation and the nature of mind.  They are said to support meditators of every level to discover the heart of their practice and nurture the dawn of wisdom.  They work in surprising and outrageous ways to cut our habitual patterns, embarrass our concepts, […]