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Romantic Fantasy, Everyday Disappointment

Feb 15, 7pm-9pm, Feb 16, 9am - 6pm

Nothing is as delicious as falling in love, and nothing is as devastating as falling out of love. We can fully open to the experience of romantic love by going beyond the myths so prevalent in our western culture and engaging in the real romance of caring for another person. During this meditation weekend led by Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, we will explore the romantic expectations of love relationships and how, through meditation practice, we can work more closely with the dynamics of masculine and feminine, independence and intimacy. This meditation weekend is open to students at all levels of Buddhist meditation practice.

Judith Simmer-Brown, a practioner of Tibetan Buddhism for over 35 years, is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and a professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Her books are Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhlala, 2001) and Meditation in the Classroom (SUNY, 2010).
Judith Simmer-Brown has been married to Richard Brown for thirty years, and they have two college-aged children.

This event may sell out so plan to register early.

We offer a range of pricing so anyone can attend. Participants are asked to carefully consider the financial health of our non-profit center when deciding how much to pay. Payments over $125 go to a scholarship fund for those who cannot afford the full fee. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To inquire about work-study, please contact Larissa Canney at 510-499-6382 or at

$200-$125 sliding scale and $90 student rate.

Presented by Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center.


Fri, 15 Feb at 7:00pm - Sat, 16 Feb at 6:00pm
Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center, 2288 Fulton St. Ste 202
Larissa Canney