All posts tagged: Judith Simmer-Brown

Dakini’s Warm Breath Weekthun, March 12 – 19, 2023

By Judith Simmer-Brown // During these challenging times, I’ve taken great inspiration from the dakini lore and practices.  Introduced to me decades ago by my root teacher, Chögyam Trungpa, I have found that they infuse my life with power and meaning when navigating obstacles, heartbreak, and fear.  Tibetan Buddhist lineages have transmitted dakini lore in stories long treasured in the tradition.  In this retreat, we will turn to these stories for inspiration and guidance in our practice. Awaken to the truth of things Dakinis represent the inner spirituality of the practitioner, especially our insightful discoveries in meditation.  Because we often forget or resist those discoveries, dakinis are said to appear in visionary form in dreams or transitions to awaken us to the truth of things.  Or they invisibly escort us in our inner journeys, bringing sanity and openness.  They also work in surprising and outrageous ways to cut our habitual patterns, embarrass our concepts, and expose our spiritual potential.  They communicate symbolically, intuitively, through our own wisdom-minds. One of the simple truths the dakinis show …

The Buddha Turns the Wheel of Dharma

By Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown // (Excerpted from Article in Bodhi Magazine, October 2002) After the awakening, a radiant Buddha remained seated under the Bodhi tree for seven weeks, enjoying the bliss of emancipation.  According to legend, the Indian god Brahma was concerned that he would pass into oblivion and appeared to the Buddha, supplicating him to teach what he had discovered.  But the young Shakyamuni hesitated; the truth that he had found was “deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand.”  How could he possibly communicate his insight into the nature of reality in a way that could be helpful to others?  The divine Brahma continued his request; if the Awakened One did not attempt to teach others the way to awakening, the entire world would be left in the grip of despair and torment.  How could the awakening be complete without the Buddha’s compassion? Moved by the supplication of the great god, Shakyamuni resolved to share his experience with others and to lead them to awakening.  Remembering five companions with whom he had practiced austerities, …

[VIDEO] Judith Simmer-Brown: Introduction to Mindfulness

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.” Join Us For Dakini’s Warm Breath Multi-Track Weekthun, January 1-9, 2023 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 …