Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D


Friday Speaker

Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University, where she is a Founding Faculty member and has taught for over 40 years. Naropa University has pioneered contemplative education, bringing mindfulness and contemplative pedagogies into every academic discipline and every classroom in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. Simmer-Brown is the founder of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE), and now serves as Senior Advisor. She is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) in Shambhala International, and teaches meditation widely. She co-chairs the Contemplative Studies Steering Committee for the American Academy of Religion, and is author of Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala) and editor, with Fran Grace, of Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY). She serves as co-editor, with Hal Roth and Amisha Jha, of a new Contemplative Studies book series for SUNY Press.

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