COLUMN: Judith Simmer-Brown

I interviewed and wrote a profile of acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa in Colorado.  This is part of my ongoing series on Buddhist women and their influence, teachings, and role in the modern world.  Her ideas about the importance of intellectual rigor, maintaining the roots of Tibetan culture while allowing the religion to evolve in exile, transmission to women and Westerners, and an ongoing search for the balance between practice and study were fascinating.  We had some great conversations.  Check it out at Buddhist Door.


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