|Born||May 15, 1953|
|Known for||Buddhist teaching|
Tara Brach (born May 17, 1953) is an American psychologist, author, and proponent of Buddhist meditation. She is a guiding teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. (IMCW). Brach also teaches about Buddhist meditation at centers for meditation and yoga in the United States and Europe, including Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California; the Kripalu Center; and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies.
Brach is an Engaged Buddhist, specializing in the application of Buddhist teachings and mindfulness meditation to emotional healing. She has authored several books on these subjects, including Radical Acceptance, True Refuge, and Radical Compassion.
Brach holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and political science from Clark University. She was awarded a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Fielding Graduate University based on her dissertation analyzing the effectiveness of meditation in the healing of eating disorders.
Books and published works
- Brach, Tara (2003). Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha. Bantam. ISBN 0-553-80167-8.
- Brach, Tara (2012). "Mindful Presence: A Foundation for Compassion and Wisdom", in Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice edited by Christopher K. Germer and Ronald D. Siegel. Guilford Press ISBN 978-1462518869
- Brach, Tara (2013). True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart. Bantam. ISBN 978-0553807622.
- Brach, Tara (2014). "Healing Traumatic Fear: The Wings of Mindfulness and Love", in Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices edited by Follette, Briere, Rozelle, Hopper and Rome. Guilford Press ISBN 978-1462518586
- Brach, Tara (2019). Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN. Viking. ISBN 978-0525522812.
- Brach, Tara (2021). Trusting the Gold: Uncovering Your Natural Goodness. Sounds True. ISBN 978-1-68364-713-3.
- Radical Self-Acceptance: A Buddhist Guide to Freeing Yourself from Shame (2005) ISBN 978-1591793212
- Radical Acceptance: Guided Meditations (2007) ISBN 978-0615185583
- Meditations for Emotional Healing (2009) ISBN 978-1591797418
- Meditation and Psychotherapy: A Professional Training Course for Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice (2011) ISBN 978-1591799702
- Mindfulness Meditations: Nine Guided Practices to Awaken Presence and Open Your Heart (2012) ISBN 978-1604077988
- Finding True Refuge: Meditations for Difficult Times (2013) ISBN 978-1604078633
- "Tara Brach - Teacher page". imcw.org. Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- "Tara Brach". Kripalu.org. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
- "Tara Brach, PhD". Eomega.org. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Inc. February 12, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
- "A blend of Buddhism and psychology". www.apa.org. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
- Omega Institute Teacher Page Retrieved November 28, 2015
- Adelman, Ken (May 1, 2005). "What I've learned: Tara Brach". Washingtonian. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
- "Riding the wave of secular meditation". June 2, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- "Meditation guru Tara Brach is calm eye of Washington's storm - OnFaith". Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- ""Allow life to be as it is"" (PDF). Retrieved April 5, 2019.
- Official website
- Tara Brach's Insight Meditation Community of Washington Biography
- Downloadable talks and meditations at IMCW
- Downloadable talks and meditations at Dharmaseed
- Tara Brach on Mindfulness, Psychotherapy and Awakening Psychotherapy.net, by Deb Kory, 2012.
- When Ego Meets Non-Ego Shambhala Sun, by Andrea Miller, March 2013.
- A Blend of Buddhism and psychology American Psychological Association, Psychologist Profile by Tori Angelis, February 2014.
- The Awakened Heart: A Conversation with Tara Brach Psychology Today with Mark Matousek May 15, 2014.
- Wake Up from Unworthiness – An Interview with Tara Brach Spirituality & Health – September–October 2015. (Paywall)
- Releasing the Barriers to Love: An Interview with Tara Brach Psychology Today with Mark Matousek November 2015.