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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,444 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tara Brach Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781452676029
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"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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • “This is a consoling and practical guide that can help people find a light within themselves.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • "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

Listener Opinions

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Dar | 4/15/2016

    " This audio book was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed listening to it. It gave me a lot of helpful advice for myself. It had wonderful examples to relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip Moffitt | 2/20/2014

    " This book is an excellent guide to using meditation to deal with the emotional challenges in daily life. Many students have reported to me that this book has help them psychologically and emotionally to deal with some issue in their life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/18/2014

    " Full marks for the gist and low marks for the execution. A little too self-helpy and over-written, yet the idea of bringing radical acceptance/compassion to ourselves and others is pretty much the only hope for emotional sanity in this world. But for content, economy, and grace, I'm finding Ezra Bayda's "Being Zen" to be a huge improvement. Let's just say Bayda's book is going on my shelves when I'm done. Brach's book is going to half.com. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey Jean | 2/18/2014

    " good meditation exercises. compassionate writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 2/9/2014

    " Kripalu Yoga is primarily a practice of compassion, and this book is it's perfect companion. The foundation of all yoga practice is acceptance, and it begins with ourselves. Feelings of deficiency are common to all of us. Being criticized, making mistakes, and experiencing relationship difficulties, all can make us feel unworthy. Our human suffering and our loneliness keep us from feeling fulfilled. Recognizing how we become trapped by these feelings is the first step in reconnecting with who we really are: perfect beings. Through personal stories, case histories and guided meditations, Ms Brach brings her teachings alive, showing her readers how to transcend their day-to-day existence to arrive at a sense of clearsightedness and acceptance of who they are in every moment of their lives. Based in Buddhist teachings, we awaken to our experience exactly as it is, and find the joy that is our birthright. This is a book to savor and reread again and again, a place of refuge in a chaotic and jarring world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylynn | 2/8/2014

    " Would recommend this book for many people. This is not a "feel good" book, though sometimes you may glean those feelings. This is an eye-opening work- to accept all that is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 1/27/2014

    " This book contains wonderful guided meditations. The author writes from a Buddhist perspective but her hopeful, compassionate words are meaningful for people of all different spiritual backgrounds...at least for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/27/2014

    " amazing...this book brings me great relief from my constant grasping towards being good, seeing clearly that this grasping to be good was a cover for all the other graspings, each layer of feeling covered over with more craving or resistance and self-judging thoughts about not being good enough now i know it'a all good. or rather, that in acceptance of all that arises in each moment we find freedom, in embracing even the grasping, going fully into the longing and pain behind these desires and discomfort we can actually meet those unmet needs in our on wholeness that arises through complete presence and acceptance. a book that is very in the world, true to real life, giving a practical map for how Buddhism can be practiced in the everyday. also in the spirit of nonviolent communication--the vipassana-centered meditations really help with the process of self-connection and self-empathy upon which NVC is based. so thankful for this work. many concepts and ideas that were only theoretical or didn't seem to fit to my life are just clicking together in so many ways with this book and her case studies and own personal sharing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Byers | 1/24/2014

    " When I first tried to read this book, it did not touch me and I was highly critical of it - even though I did not finish it. I am now coming back to it after many years and I find it is breaking my heart open in many ways. I am recognizing that my resistance has probably been about needing this work very much. This time, I plan to get all the way through! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 1/19/2014

    " The best self-help book I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lainie | 1/6/2014

    " life changing event. recommend this highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzie | 12/18/2013

    " so far have read that Tara Brach has wrestled with a smililar inner-message as I have: What is "wrong" with me? I have just started reading this book, but am gaining strength from what she explains and the meditations she suggests. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/13/2013

    " Step one: accept that you're reading a self-help book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Stewart | 11/30/2013

    " One of my favorite spiritual reads! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 11/19/2013

    " I love this book, I just keep reading it and using it daily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabitha | 8/26/2013

    " This is not one of those books for which you can really write a review. If you are open to its message, it will change your life. It certainly did mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 7/10/2013

    " Tara Brach is one of my all time favorites. I listen to her podcast almost every morning while walking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 5/24/2013

    " Something i needed to hear at the time , but don't remember staying totally interested, always wonder if you should go back and look at these things and see how you have changed... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Hecke | 5/4/2013

    " LOVED it. Use the Sacred Pause all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bishop Bergland | 1/20/2013

    " I rarely read a book more than once, but have now read this one three times. Each reading reveals more truth and depth, and I am sure I will read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/15/2012

    " this is working on my brain like a worm. a good worm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimmy | 9/27/2012

    " TB heart teacher for life, if I am lucky enough to keep her here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Liggett | 8/29/2012

    " This book changed my life completely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 8/20/2012

    " This book helped me through a difficult time. It has given me a fresh outlook on life with powerful tools to help live life with acceptance and gratitude. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 4/29/2012

    " i'm still reading this, but i'm surprised so many people like this book. sometimes it feels preachy. other times she seems off her rocker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Thornton | 4/21/2012

    " This was a recommendation from - of all people - one of the inmates' sisters. She sent him excerpts from this book (because she can't send the whole thing) and he found them comforting and enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 3/7/2012

    " Amazing, amazing book. Read it! I recommend reading a bit each evening before going to sleep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Gannon | 2/22/2012

    " Blends Buddhist philosophy and practices with psychology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin Porter | 1/15/2012

    " It seems to me Western forms of psychotherapy provide many things, not however, results. Not neo-freudian Alice Miller (The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self), not Gestalt, not EMDR, not Transactional, not Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. "

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About the Author
Author Tara Brach

Tara Brach, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and popular teacher of mindfulness meditation. She is the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and she teaches meditation at centers throughout the United States. Her many audio talks and videos address the value of meditation in relieving emotional suffering and serving spiritual awakening. Dr. Brach is the author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.