Radical Acceptance - Tara Brach

Radical Acceptance

By Tara Brach

  • Release Date: 2003-06-10
  • Genre: Buddhism
Score: 4.5
From 146 Ratings


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

“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.


  • Life changing

    By soulsister42
    So hard to do, but so necessary. Once we accept what is, we can begin to heal.
  • An Excellent Guide

    By vinnccee
    Tara Brach's book is an excellent guide to implementing the Dharma into a modern life; narrowing in on the particular ills of western culture. Radical Acceptance provides the most functional exposition of the Dharma I've ever read. This is one to read again and again.
  • Radical Self-Acceptance

    By From Colorado
    What a distillation of life's truths. This book is an awesome gem that has helped me heal so much. She is just great.
  • Life changing

    By terry boring
    Reading this book for the third time in 6 years. It really had monumental impact on my life the first time that I read it. I'm reading it again because it's so very true.