Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

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Bantam Books, Nov 1, 2004 - Psychology - 333 pages
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For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much--just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully.
--from Radical Acceptance

Radical Acceptance

“Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering,” says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork--all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach’s twenty years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.

Writing with great warmth and clarity, Tara Brach brings her teachings alive through personal stories and case histories, fresh interpretations of Buddhist tales, and guided meditations. Step by step, she leads us to trust our innate goodness, showing how we can develop the balance of clear-sightedness and compassion that is the essence of Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance does not mean self-indulgence or passivity. Instead it empowers genuine change: healing fear and shame and helping to build loving, authentic relationships. When we stop being at war with ourselves, we are free to live fully every precious moment of our lives.


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She has amazing advice and makes me feel so lovely. - Goodreads
Wonderful insight in overcoming shame. - Goodreads
Brach's writing is clear, humorous and compassionate. - Goodreads
Has great meditation excercises and tips. - Overstock.com
Tara Brach is a wonderful storyteller and writer. - Goodreads
... compassionate writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Regina - Goodreads

By reading this book, It opened my eyes so big that we have to embrace acceptance in our life. I already knew what acceptance is but never realize that how 'thing' such as just accept whatever ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rene - Goodreads

Great book! I listened to the audiobook and looked forward to returning to the book each day. I discovered Tara through her free podcasts that are available via her website and iPhone podcasts. Life changing. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist as well as a Buddhist lay priest and popular teacher of mindfulness (vipassana) meditation. She is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C., and has conducted workshops at Spirit Rock Center, Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, and other retreat centers nationwide. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her teenaged son.


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