Tara Brach is a psychologist and teacher on Buddhist meditation. She is the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, a spiritual community that practices Vipassana meditation.
The Washington Post Meditation guru Tara Brach is calm eye of Washington’s stress-filled storm
Listening that night would be far more than the 300 people in the room. Brach’s talks are downloaded free nearly 200,000 times each month by people in more than 150 countries. Strangers write from around the world to say her words have saved them from committing suicide or relapsing into drugs. Government contractors who parachute into the District plan trips around her class. One devotee last year gave her newborn son the middle name Brach.
Her latest book, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart was published earlier this year and has become a best seller (for good reason). I’ve written about her dharma talks before (both attending the talks in Potomac and the audio files available online). She has deeply influenced my life even though I have never personally spoken to her..