Acharya Simmer-Brown: Why Conversation?

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

February 26th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

    A community event for both the Boulder Shambhala Center community and new-comers (please invite your friends!), each week features a Shambhala teacher leading discussion on contemporary topics of concern and inspiration. Meditation practice (and instruction) and a fun community reception will bookend the evening.

    Come engage, practice and mingle–a perfect way to start your week! Join us Mondays from 7-9pm for this free, drop-in program.

    Tonight begins a Special five-part series:
    5 Acharyas + 1 book!
    on 'The Lost Art of Good Conversation'
    by Sakyong Mipham

    This is the first of five Monday Night Community Gatherings, led by Boulder Acharyas (senior teachers), exploring the five sections of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's newly published book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation. No advance reading required!

    Monday, February 26
    7-9pm, Free
    Why Conversation: Opening The Heart of Humanity
    with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

    So often in contemporary culture, we believe ourselves to be isolated individuals, pursuing our life goals alone and estranged from others. Sakyong Mipham has shown that the key to our humanity lies in simple and profound conversation that opens us to a larger world, kindles empathy, and enlivens our personal inspiration. This evening, based on the Sakyong's newly published book 'The Lost Art of Good Conversation', is an interactive event which seeds the ordinary magic of human connection through conversation.

    Teacher's Bio:
    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.

    Acharya Simmer-Brown's 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 and her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

    Monday, March 5
    7-9pm, Free
    Be Mindful: Good Listening Starts with “Being”

    Acharya Susan Skjei 


    Monday, March 12
    7-9pm, Free
    Be Kind and Brave:
    Acharya Gaylon Ferguson


    Monday, March 19
    7-9pm, Free
    Enrich Your World:
    Acharya Holly Gayley


    Monday, March 26
    7-9pm, Free
    Strive for Excellence: The Ultimate Conversation
    Acharya Daniel Hessey