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A psychotherapist and Buddhist meditation teacher in the tradition of Jack Kornfield (who contributes a foreword), first-time author Brach offers readers a rich compendium of stories and techniques designed to help people awaken from what she calls "the trance of unworthiness." The sense of self-hatred and fearful isolation that afflicts so many people in the West can be transformed with the steady application of a loving attention infused with the insights of the Buddhist tradition, according to Brach. Interweaving stories from her own life as a hardworking single mother with many wonderful anecdotes culled from her therapy practice and her work as a leader of meditation retreats, Brach offers myriad examples of how our pain can become a doorway to love and liberation. An older Catholic woman in one of Brach's weekend workshops, for example, recounts how she learned to ask God to help hold her pain. Like her colleagues Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and others in the Vipassana or Insight meditation tradition, Brach is open-minded about where she gathers inspiration. Garnishing her gentle advice and guided meditation with beautiful bits of poetry and well-loved if familiar dharma stories, Brach describes what it can mean to open to the reality of other people, to live in love, to belong to the world. Obviously the fruit of the author's own long and honest search, this is a consoling and practical guide that can help people find a light within themselves.
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"Radical Acceptance offers gentle wisdom and tender healing, a most excellent medicine for our unworthiness and longing. Breathe, soften, and let these compassionate teachings bless your heart."
— Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
I liked it very much. To the point, honest, obviously written from the heart. Just what the world needs these days.Published 9 days ago by J. Richard
Radical Acceptance... by Tara Brach is truly one of those AH-HA! books. I found the book is full of down-to-earth, common sense wisdom and is so easy to read that anyone from... Read morePublished 4 months ago by sandra s. stavlo
Wonderful read, this book was recommended to me and I would do the same.Published 10 months ago by Barbara WEst
Great book! I've learned that in order to live a full life, you must accept all of the emotions that come your way. It's really helping me become present in my daily life.Published 19 months ago by Nels
What a wonderful book. It goes straight to the practical heart of buddhism, from what I can tell. Wise, uplifting, inspiring. I highly recommend it.Published on Jan. 30 2012 by allison dysart
I've been involved in Vipassana for many, many years and Tara Brach has always been a huge influence on me... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004
Give yourself a chance, be honest to yourself and start healing.
It's a wonderful book. The instructions are clear and easy. Read more
I've read a number of books on Buddhism, and many of them include a fair amount of discussion on "suffering" and how much of our pain is perpetuated by our telling... Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Thomas Hochmann