Tara Brach, PhD, is author of best-selling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. More than a million people each month download her podcasted spiritual teachings and guided meditations. She is founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C., one of the largest and most dynamic nonresidential meditation centers in the United States, and she teaches Buddhist meditation at centers in the United States and Europe.
A clinical psychologist, Brach offers teachings that blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that provides a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering.
As an undergraduate at Clark University, Brach pursued a double major in psychology and political science. During this time, while working as a grassroots organizer for tenants’ rights, she also began attending yoga classes and exploring Eastern approaches to inner transformation. After college, she lived for 10 years in an ashram (a spiritual community) where she practiced and taught both yoga and concentrative meditation.
Soon after she left the ashram, Brach earned a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Fielding Institute, with a dissertation exploring meditation as a therapeutic modality in treating addiction. She went on to complete a five-year Buddhist teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, under the guidance of Jack Kornfield.
Tara Brach has fostered efforts to bring principles and practices of mindfulness to issues of equity, inclusivity and diversity, peace and environmental sustainability. She is also actively involved in initiatives in the D.C. area to offer mindfulness in prisons and schools.