Tara Brach

Psychologist and Author

Tara Brach is a psychologist, author, and proponent of Buddhist meditation. She is a guiding teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. (IMCW). Dr. Brach teaches her Wednesday night meeting in Bethesda, Maryland. Her colleagues include Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and others in the Vipassana or Insight meditation tradition. 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 books on these subjects including Radical Acceptance, True Refuge and Radical Compassion.

Book Recommendations


When Things Fall Apart

by Pema Chödrön

The other book that I think is wonderful is–I love Pema Chodron and one of her classics is–"When Things Fall Apart."

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A Path with Heart

by Jack Kornfield

Well, Jack Kornfield who I teach with a lot and love–he's a very good friend–has a couple of books that are very good. His classic is "A Path with Art"

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The Essential Rumi

by Rumi

I might have to come back to that because sometimes, I just gift "The Essential Rumi," which is a collection of poetry by Coleman Barks that I think is really, really beautiful or poetry by the poet. So sometimes, it'll be poetry books that I'll gift.

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