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.

Upcoming Programs by Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

April 12–14, 2019

This weekend retreat introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Emanated from the tears of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, peaceful White Tara is said to witness the suffering of beings through her seven eyes, and she soothes their fear, calms their anguish, heals their […]

Scorpion Seal Assembly III

July 13–24, 2019

PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: 8 weeks prior to start date, on May 18, 2019.  After this deadline, tuition will be increased by $125. Housing: If your preferred lodging type is not available please register for an available option and then indicate your lodging preference under “Room Waitlist.”  If your lodging preference becomes […]

Scorpion Seal Assemblies II, III, V, VI Garchen

Also Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Susan Chapman and Acharya Suzann Duquette

July 13–24, 2019

From July 13 – 24, 2019 there will be a gathering of Scorpion Seal Assemblies II, III, V, and VI. This will create a potent mandala of practice, study, and celebration of the Scorpion Seal path. Completing all required practice sessions is a prerequisite for attending the next Scorpion Seal Assembly retreat. Please indicate on the registration […]