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There is nothing as delicious as falling in love and nothing as devastating as falling out of it. When this happens, we have a unique opportunity to open more fully to our experience and to more complete relationships with others. In this retreat, we will explore the romantic expectations of love relationships and how through meditation practice we may work more closely with the dynamics of the masculine and feminine, independence and intimacy. 

Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, is a prominent Buddhist scholar and has been a professor of religious studies at Naropa University since 1978. She has practiced Tibetan Buddhism for more than forty years and is an Acharya senior dharma teacher of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Naropa University. Simmer-Brown serves on the steering committee of the American Academy of Religion’s Contemplative Studies Group. Her published works include Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala).