Tara Brach

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Tara Brach (born May 17, 1953) is an American psychologist and proponent of Buddhist meditation. She is a guiding teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. (IMCW).[1] Dr. Brach teaches their Wednesday night weekly meeting in Bethesda, Maryland.[2][3] Her colleagues include Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and others in the Vipassana or Insight meditation tradition.[4] 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,[5] and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies.[6]

Brach is an engaged Buddhist specializing in the application of Buddhist teachings to emotional healing.[2] Her 2003 book, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha, focuses on the use of practices such as mindfulness for healing trauma. Her 2013 book, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, offers practices for tapping into inner peace and wisdom in the midst of difficulty.

Education[edit]

Brach holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and political science from Clark University.[7] She was awarded a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Fielding Graduate University [2] based on her dissertation analyzing the effectiveness of meditation in the healing of eating disorders.

Personal life[edit]

Brach resides in Virginia with her husband, Jonathan Foust, a yoga and meditation teacher. Brach was raised Unitarian.[8][9]

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Brach, Tara (2013). True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart. Bantam. ISBN 0553807625. 
  • Brach, Tara (2003). Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha. Bantam. ISBN 0-553-80167-8. 
  • 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 (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

Articles[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Tara Brach - Teacher page". imcw.org. Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Adelman, Ken (May 1, 2005). "What I've learned: Tara Brach". Washingtonian. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tara Brach - Wednesday Night Class". imcw.org. Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Publishers Weekly Review Publisher's Weekly review of Radical Acceptance Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  5. ^ "Tara Brach". Kripalu.org. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tara Brach, PhD". Eomega.org. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Inc. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ Omega Institute Teacher Page Retrieved November 28, 2015
  8. ^ "Riding the wave of secular meditation". Retrieved 2015-08-22. 
  9. ^ "Meditation guru Tara Brach is calm eye of Washington's storm - OnFaith". Retrieved 2015-08-22. 

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