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 and her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Upcoming Programs by Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

ONLINE • Overcoming Burnout through Mindful Compassion

January 23, 2021

In today’s world, when so many factors elicit our empathy and desire to help, we very quickly become drained, overwhelmed, and burned out. We just cannot expose ourselves to so much suffering! Both Buddhism and compassion science have shown that there is a way to strengthen our compassion resilience directly through meditation practices. This Saturday […]

ONLINE • White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

February 6–7, 2021

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. She is said to soothe fear, calm anguish, heal suffering—both […]