Werma and Scorpion Seal Intensive

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

August 11–19, 2012

Tuition $0 + 8 nights

This Werma Intensive is for Vajrayana practitioners who have attended a Rigden Abhisheka and are engaged in the Werma sadhana. We will focus on an in-depth study of the sadhana, assisted by readings from the Dorje Draduls Collected Kalapa Assemblies, and Sakyong Mipham’s Adhisthana and 1999 Vajrayana Seminary Transcripts. The program will include daily talks, videos of the Vidyadharas Vajra Assemblies and personal interviews.

Prerequisite: Rigden Abhisheka or Kalapa Assembly


Generosity Policy Shambhala Mountain Center encourages and supports intensive practice opportunities for all Shambhala community members. Therefore, we are making this program available to all qualified Werma and Scorpion Seal practitioners under our generosity policy. This policy allows participants to pay what they can afford by selecting one of three pricing options, as follows:

Full Pay: Our regular room and board rates are encouraged for all those who can afford this level. By selecting the Full Pay option, you are helping the Center meet its operating costs and also providing more opportunities for others who must elect one of our reduced rate options.

$80/Nightly: This is a flat room and board rate for those who cannot elect the Full Pay option. Your accommodations will be the best we have available, up to a Lodge Single Shared Bath, after accommodating all participants who are paying our regular rates. Priority for best-available housing will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We will not be able to confirm which housing you will be assigned, until one week prior to the program’s start date.

$50/Nightly: This rate is for those who require substantial financial assistance to attend the program and allows for Seasonal Dorm/Shared Bath accommodations only.

During the program, there will also be an opportunity to offer a teachers gift. We encourage all attendees to contribute at whatever level they can.

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya 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.  As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. 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 had her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Program Details

Date and Time Details: Please arrive between 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11. Program ends with lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 19.

Financial aid is available for this program.