By Judith Simmer-Brown //
In this video, Judith Simmer-Brown offers an introduction to mindfulness—including her personal history of relating to the practice, and a description of a course of study that will be followed in the upcoming SMC program The Origin of Modern Mindfulness: A 4-Day Practicum of Meditation and Buddhism, as well as the upcoming online program from Shambhala Publications and Naropa University titled “Mindfulness: What It Is, Where It Comes from, and How to Practice It.”
About the Author
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men. She has also edited Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY 2011). She had her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.