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Naropa’s Legacy of Interreligious Dialogue with Judith Simmer-Brown and Netanel Miles-Yépez

Judith Simmer-Brown, Distinguished Professor Emeritx of Contemplative and Religious Studies, has been on the faculty since 1978 and was introduced to interreligious dialogue by her teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, shortly after she began teaching at Naropa. For eight years, she directed Naropa’s historic Buddhist-Christian dialogues, joining in as a dialogue partner with renowned contemplatives like H. H. the XIV Dalai Lama, Fr. Thomas Keating, Br. David Steindl-Rast, Eido Shimano Roshi, Mother Tessa Bielecki, Pema Chodron, and Munindra-ji. Simmer-Brown is a pillar of the interreligious dialogue community and creator of Naropa’s innovative Interreligious Dialogue course (now called Interspiritual Dialogue).

Netanel Miles-Yépez, the current Chair of Religious Studies, has been on the faculty since 2013, and was introduced to interreligious dialogue by his teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the former World Wisdom Chair at Naropa in 1998. In 2016, his foundation took over the famous “Snowmass Dialogues” of Father Thomas Keating, and today he continues Dr. Simmer-Brown’s interreligious dialogue course at Naropa.


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