Tara Brach

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Tara Brach (born May 17, 1953) is an American psychologist and proponent of Buddhist meditation. She is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C.,[1] a "spiritual community" that teaches and practices Vipassana meditation. The group's Wednesday night meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, which is taught by Dr. Brach, is a large gathering of approximately 250-300 people.[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 many 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]

She has taught the application of Buddhist teachings to emotional healing.[2] In 2003, Brach authored Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha, which encapsulated Brach's application of Buddhist teachings such as mindfulness to the psychological process of accepting and healing trauma. In 2013, Brach wrote True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, offering a practical guide to finding our inner sanctuary of peace and wisdom in the midst of difficulty. Brach is an engaged Buddhist.


As an undergraduate at Clark University, Brach pursued a double major in psychology and political science.[7] Brach received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.[2] She wrote a dissertation analyzing how individuals with eating disorders can utilize meditation as a healing technique.


She holds conferences at conference centers such as Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in conjunction with Kornfield.[8] She co-founded the Washington, DC Buddhist Peace Fellowship[9] which is a subsidiary of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Personal life[edit]

Brach presently resides in Virginia with her husband, Jonathan Foust, a yoga and meditation teacher. Brach was raised Unitarian.[10][11]



  • 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


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  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. ^ "The Gifts of Buddhist & Western Psychology". Eomega.org. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Inc. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship About Us Page
  10. ^ "Riding the wave of secular meditation". Retrieved 2015-08-22. 
  11. ^ "Meditation guru Tara Brach is calm eye of Washington's storm - OnFaith". Retrieved 2015-08-22. 

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