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Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha | [Tara Brach]

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

"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 20 years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.
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Publisher's Summary

"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 20 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.

©2004 Tara Brach (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kindred44 01-26-13
    Kindred44 01-26-13
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    "Accept What Is"
    What made the experience of listening to Radical Acceptance the most enjoyable?

    Tara Brach was confirming concepts I've been reading about: Ekhardt Tolle, Byron Katie, ACIM. When the student is ready the teacher appears. And wow...thank you Tara!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can listen to it again and again and get something out of it each time.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Cassandra Campbell is my favorite narrator ironically. She was one of the narrators in The Help. This was a great combo for me: fav narrator and fav subject matter.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    All the great and different stories that explain things in a way that resonates. And disrupting our habitual behaviors in order to accept in the moment...try it!


    Any additional comments?

    I first heard of Tara Brach on Hay House Radio in 2007 and I had only heard a meditation by her but I loved it. So I was going in sorta blind on this book and I was so thrilled she was talking about exactly what I was studying. I've read Jack Kornfield, Mark Epstein, Pema Chodron and Ram Dass...Tara is right up there with the master teachers.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Handlowiec 09-28-13
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    Where does Radical Acceptance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read many books on meditation. I have been a fan of Tolle for a very long time, but I have to say this book by Brach is far more reaching and more practical than any book I have read by Tolle. Tolle I have seemed to listen to countless times, but found Radical Acceptance to provide clearer direction on what action to take day by day. She gives very clear examples of how to practice mindfulness, meditation, and work through some emotional issues.


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her reading is wonderful, to the point, read with emotion. She reads this book as if she was the author. Excellent!


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsia A. Rice Moscow, Idaho 03-26-13
    Chelsia A. Rice Moscow, Idaho 03-26-13
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    "Worthy of the recognition this book already has."
    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Campbell's performances before, but her narration on this book is fitting for the author. The pairing is done well.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laura LA PLATA, MD, United States 03-25-13
    Laura LA PLATA, MD, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful way to learn to love yourself"
    If you could sum up Radical Acceptance in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing life changing


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    she has a lovely speaking voice and switches between characters well.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Radical Acceptance?

    Most of it. I learned that I don't have to push and be better. I am good enough as I am. This is a wonderful way to learn and apply self-acceptance and love.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 04-22-12
    Lisa 04-22-12

    Just to set the record straight, I reviewed Meditation and Psychotherapy accidently as another book I got, unfortunately it will not allow me to change anything but the stars, Audible said you cannot change it or delete. the book is AWESOME! Tara Brach is Awesome! The book I was rating I returned and was aweful. sorry

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    "Great!"
    Where does Radical Acceptance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is comparable to Eckhart Tolle's work, I accidentally reviewed her other book! Meditations and phychotherapy wrongly, I was trying to review a book tht was horrible. Both this book and meditations and phychotherapy are great! They truly helped me in becoming more present and taught me ways to deal with my emotions and meditate in ways that will help me in the future.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    She has a calming voice but speaks too fast. Would have preferred Tara Brach as narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Great addition to meditation and physiotherapy which was meant for psychologists and lay people.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    sunny kerens, TX, United States 08-27-12
    sunny kerens, TX, United States 08-27-12
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    "you are going to need this book to survive."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Radical Acceptance to be better than the print version?

    sometimes words blurr together. she has a voice that is so great and real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the author


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    who is cassandra campbell?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    THERE IS A WAY TO WANT TO LIVE


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED IT!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 03-04-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Radical Acceptance the most enjoyable?

    I've owned the paperback for years but just couldn't find time to sit and read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Radical Acceptance?

    I'm really ok


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 05-10-14
    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Radical Acceptance?

    The gentle way in which Tara Brach couches these concepts.


    What other book might you compare Radical Acceptance to and why?

    Living Your Yoga, because it similarly breaks out painful human tendencies with compassion and meditative exercises for accepting them.


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is so soothing and gentle. I'm able to practice yoga while listening, which is a step up from reading a physical book since I'd have to put the book down to engage in the meditative exercises fully.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Radical Acceptance?

    Everyone just wants to feel safe, happy, and loved. That makes painful interactions easier to bear.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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