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Leading scholar in Buddhist wisdom, Judith Simmer-Brown to deliver annual Benedictine Heritage Lecture at Benedictine University

February 14, 2019

Judith Simmer-BrownLisle, IL, – Judith Simmer-Brown, author and pioneer of contemplative education, is coming to Benedictine University on Thursday, February 28 to deliver the annual Benedictine Heritage Lecture entitled Benedict’s Dharma: Deep in the Heart of Dialogue, at 7 p.m. at Kindlon Hall, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL.

A member of the Naropa University faculty for more than 40 years and distinguished professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies, Simmer-Brown is considered one of the world’s leading scholars in Buddhist wisdom. Her upcoming lecture, Benedict’s Dharma: Deep in the Heart of Dialogue, will focus on some of the great success stories in global interfaith dialogue and the positive engagements between Benedictines and Buddhists.

“We are profoundly honored to welcome Dr. Simmer-Brown to our campus,“ said Peter Huff, Chief Mission Officer and Professor of Theology and Religious Studies. “She is incredibly insightful and we know she will advance our quest to make Benedictine University a showcase for meaningful interfaith friendship.”

Author of several journal articles and books including Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism and co-editor of Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies, Simmer-Brown regularly presents to students throughout the country on Tibetan Buddhism, American Buddhism, women and Buddhism, interreligious dialogue and contemplative education. In fact, at Naropa University she is well-known for bringing mindfulness and contemplative pedagogies into every academic discipline and every classroom in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.

A graduate from Cornell College, Florida State University and Walden University, Simmer-Brown has practiced Tibetan Buddhism for 45 years and is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) of the Shambhala International. She also serves on the steering committee of American Academy of Religion’s Contemplative Studies Seminar and is on the Board of Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies.

To learn more about Dr. Simmer-Brown’s upcoming lecture, contact Dr. Peter Huff at or 630-829-6664.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the ninth consecutive year in 2019. Benedictine University was also named the second-safest campus in the country and safest campus in Illinois by in 2019. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information about the University, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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