Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the religious studies department at Naropa University (formerly the Naropa Institute), where she has taught since 1978. She has authored numerous articles on Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and Buddhism in America. She is an Acharya (senior teacher) in the lineage of Ch
The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism
The primary emblem of the feminine in Tibetan Buddhism is the dakini, or "sky-dancer," a semi-wrathful spirit-woman who manifests in visions, dreams, and meditation experiences. Western scholars and interpreters of the dakini, influenced by Jungian psychology and feminist goddess theology,… Read More
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, is a professor of Buddhist studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. She began her practice with Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1971, and then took the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as her root teacher in 1974. She continues to study with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and serves as the dean of the Teachers’ Academy for Shambhala International. She travels and teaches widely in North America, Europe, and Asia on meditation practice, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative education. She has also published widely in books, journals, and periodicals on these topics.