Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

About The Teacher

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.  She has been a Shambhala Acharya since 2000, and teaches internationally.

Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, compassion, 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.


“Buddhists Comment on the Rule of St. Benedict” (Penguin/Putnam, 2001), co-authored with Joseph Goldstein, Norm Fischer, Yifa, and Br. David Steindl-Rast.
“Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism”(Shambhala, 2001)


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