Judith Simmer-Brown


Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978.  She began her practice with Zen master Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi, in 1971, and then took the Vidyadhara, Trungpa Rinpoche as her root teacher in 1974.  She continues to study with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and serves as the Dean of the Teachers’ Academy for Shambhala International.  She travels and teaches and publishes on meditation practice, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative 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.  Her most recent book, with Fran Grace, is an edited collection of articles called Meditation and the Classroom:  Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (Religious Studies Series, State University of New York Press, 2010).


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