Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritx of Contemplative and Religious Studies
Master of Divinity
BA Cornell College / MA Florida State University / ABD Columbia University / PhD Walden University
Master of Divinity
REL 763, The Art of Teaching and Spiritual Formation

Judith Simmer-Brown is Professor Emeritx of Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has been in the faculty since 1978. She has practiced Tibetan Buddhism for almost 50 years and is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Naropa’s founder. She serves on the steering committee of the American Academy of Religion’s Contemplative Studies Group. Dr. Simmer-Brown lectures and publishes on Tibetan Buddhism, American Buddhism, women and Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative studies. Her books are Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala) and, with Fran Grace, an edited collection of articles called Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (Religious Studies Series, State University of New York Press). She is married to Richard Brown, a Naropa University emeritx professor, and has two adult children and three grandchildren.

  • Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala 2001)
  • Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY 2010)

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

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