Simmer-Brown, Judith 1946-

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Simmer-Brown, Judith 1946-
(Judith A. Simmer-Brown)


Born October 18, 1946, in Littleton, NH; daughter of William C. (a Methodist minister) and Blanche (a homemaker; maiden name, Gabrielson) Simmer; married Kenyth Freeman, July 9, 1971 (divorced, January, 1978); married Richard C. Brown (a professor), July 12, 1980; children: (second marriage) Owen Collings, Alicia Wistrom. Education:Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, B.A., 1968; attendedColumbia University, 1969-71; Florida State University, M.A., 1970; attended University of British Columbia, between 1971 and 1975; Walden University, Ph.D., 1978. Religion: Buddhist.


Home—2033 Mariposa Ave., Boulder, CO 80302. Office—Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO 80302. E-mail—[email protected].


Writer and educator. Fordham University, adjunct teacher at Bensalem College, 1969-71; Western Washington University, Bellingham, lecturer in general studies and history, 1971-75, adjunct lecturer at Fairhaven College, 1973-75; Naropa University, Boulder, CO, member of religious studies faculty, 1978—, department chair, 1979-97, 1999-2001. Whatcom Community College, chair of Religious Studies Program, 1974-77; Vajradhatu Seminary, Bedford Springs, PA, faculty member, 1982, director of Ngedon School at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, 1985, 1986; Regis College, Denver, CO, adjunct member of religion faculty, 1983-84;University of Pittsburgh, visiting professor with Semester at Sea, 1985; University of Colorado, adjunct faculty member, 1987-88; Naropa University, director of semester-abroad program in Boudhnath, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1988; Prudential Relocation Services, consultant and trainer, 1989-90; Tucker International, consultant and trainer, 1994-2000; Ngedon School of Higher Learning, core faculty member, 1982—, codirector, 1987-95, director, 1995—; Vajradhatu Seminaries, lead acharya (senior teacher) at Shambhala Mountain Center, summers, 2000, 2002, 2004; guest speaker for other institutions and organizations, including Syracuse University, Harvard University, York University, and University of Kentucky; public speaker. National Prison Hospice Association, member of board of directors, 1994-96; Shambhala International, member of board of directors, 1995-2000. Member of editorial board, journal of the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies, 1992—, and Journal of Global Buddhism, 1999—.


International Association for Buddhist Studies, American Academy of Religion, Society for Buddhist Christian Studies (board member, 1992-96, 1999—), Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter.


Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle inTibetan Buddhism, Shambhala Publications (Boston, MA) 2002.

Contributor to books, including Engaged Buddhism in America, edited by Chris Queen, Wisdom Publications (Boston, MA), 2000; Benedict's Dharma: Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of St. Benedict, edited by Patrick Henry, Riverhead (New York, NY), 2001; Mindfulness in the Marketplace, edited by Alan Badiner, Parallax Press (Berkeley, CA), 2002; Westward Dharma: Buddhism beyond Asia, edited by Charles Prebish and Martin Bauman, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 2002; and Hooker! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume, edited by Stephanie Kaza, Shambhala Publications (Boston, MA), 2005. Contributor to periodicals, including Bodhi, Tricycle: Buddhist Review, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Shambhala Sun, Eastern Horizon, Sangha Journal, Buddhist-Christian Studies, Parabola: Magazine of Myth and Tradition, Mountain Record: Zen Practitioner's Journal, and Kahawai: Journal of Women and Zen.

Simmer-Brown's book on the feminine principle inTibetan Buddhism has been published in French and Dutch.



Buddhist-Christian Studies (annual), 2003, Jan Willis, review of Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism, p. 161.

Library Journal, April 15, 2001, David Bourquin, review of Dakini's Warm Breath, p. 100.

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