Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is professor of religious studies at Naropa University, and Dean of the Shambhala Teachers’ Academy.  She has been an acharya, senior dharma teacher, since 2000, and is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath:  The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation in the Classroom.  She and Richard have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Upcoming Programs by Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown


Shastri Training

Also Acharya Adam Lobel

October 16–19, 2016

The retreat will offer an orientation to the role of Shastri for those newly appointed as well as an updating on the role for those continuing.  In addition, information will be presented related to the exciting changes currently underway in the curricular path as well as the path of Shambhala educators, and the role of […]

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Heart of Buddhist Meditation: Origins of Modern Mindfulness

January 3–8, 2017

The impressive health benefits of mindfulness meditation have led to its implementation in significant secular settings; from education, medicine, non-profits, business, the government and even to the military. But long before the healthy effects of meditation were recognized, it was being used as a method to directly experience one’s intrinsic wakefulness and the habitual patterns […]