Tara Brach, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, an internationally known teacher of mindfulness meditation, and the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. She is author of best-selling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge, and has contributed numerous articles to popular magazines and websites. Tara’s podcast talks and meditations are downloaded over a million times each month. In addition to her public teaching, she is active in bringing meditation into Washington, D.C. area schools and prisons, to underserved populations, and in activities that promote racial justice.
Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. She offers 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.
Tara 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.