Simmer-Brown, Judith 1946-

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

PERSONAL:

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.

ADDRESSES:

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

CAREER:

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—.

MEMBER:

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

WRITINGS:


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.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS


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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