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About the Course

Are you your own harshest critic? Are you stuck in patterns of blame and resentment? Do you feel challenged around giving or receiving love? 

One of the most painful and pervasive forms of suffering in our culture is the belief that “something is wrong with me.” 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 think that, deep down, we are just not okay.

This, accompanied by our judgment of others, keeps us at war with life.  When not faced, our fears and blame prevent us from living and loving fully. On the societal level, designating a “bad other” fuels the violence that so plagues our world today.

As taught in the beloved bestseller Radical Acceptance, mindfulness empowers us to see clearly what is happening in the moment and respond to it with skillfulness. The course will explore this pathway to compassion and freedom through engaging lectures, guided meditations (ideally used many times, going deeper each time), and question & answer sessions on how best to put the teachings into practice in everyday life.

Radical Acceptance: The Freeing Power of Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Contains 44 video lessons of 2 - 8 minutes each. 
  • All videos are closed captioned and transcripts provided.
  • An online, self-paced course, you will retain lifetime access.

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Radical Acceptance: The Freeing Power of Mindfulness and Meditation

Tara Brach

Tara Brach, Ph.D. is a meditation teacher, psychologist and author of several books including international bestselling Radical Acceptance, Radical Compassion and Trusting the Gold. For over 40 years, Tara has been exploring the interface of Buddhist and Western psychology in addressing the great suffering that arises when we close our hearts to ourselves and others. Tara's weekly podcasts are downloaded more than 3 million times each month. She is founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and, along with Jack Kornfield, leads the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP), serving participants from 74 countries around the world.

Here's What Students Are Saying:

“I listened and in each section I felt an opening of awareness occurring. The precision of Tara’s vocabulary literally spoke to me.”

“Outstanding presentation from the heart of wisdom and compassion. My deepest gratitude to Tara for such depth, tools and information.”

“Tara Brach embodies what she teaches. I always have a coming home feeling listening to her stories and instruction. There is depth but not heaviness, a natural sense of humor. She helps me be present to the joys, sorrows, struggles of life with love, compassion and acceptance. I feel that she is helping me be my best self.”

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome!

    • Getting Started

    • Introduction and Overview

  • 2

    Section 1: The Starting Place Is Presence

    • Lesson 1 - Course Overview

    • Lesson 2 - The Life That’s Right Here

    • Lesson 3 - Practice Exercise: Arriving in This Moment

  • 3

    Section 2: Home Who We Are

    • Lesson 4 - Plaster and Gold

    • Lesson 5 - Trance of Unworthiness

    • Lesson 6 - Practice Exercise: Coming Home Again

  • 4

    Section 3: The Two Wings of Awareness

    • Lesson 7 - Negativity Bias

    • Lesson 8 - Falling Short

    • Lesson 9 - False Refuges

    • Lesson 10 -The Egoic Predicament

    • Lesson 11 - Recognizing and Allowing

    • Lesson 12 - Practice Exercise: The “No” and the “Yes”

  • 5

    Section 4: Wings of Awareness in Action: Q/A & Summary

    • Lesson 13 - Bringing Full Presence to Our “No” First

    • Lesson 14 - “Yes” Is To Feelings, Not To Triggering Events

    • Lesson 15 - Room for Feelings To Come and Go

    • Lesson 16 - To Recognize Whatever Comes Up in Us

    • Lesson 17 - The Sage’s Only Question

  • 6

    Section 5: The R.A.I.N. of Self-Compassion

    • Lesson 18 - R.A.I.N. Basics

    • Lesson 19 - Embodied Investigation

    • Lesson 20 - Nurturing

    • Lesson 21 - Finding Nurture When We’re Most Caught

    • Lesson 22 - Too Intense to Investigate

  • 7

    Section 6: R.A.I.N. Practice

    • Lesson 23 - Practice Exercise

  • 8

    Section 7: R.A.I.N. in Action: Q/A

    • Lesson 24 - A False Refuge, and a True One

    • Lesson 25 - Rewards of Embracing the Rawness

    • Lesson 26 - Not Letting the Love In

    • Lesson 27 - Deepening, Healing Spiral

    • Lesson 28: More on Accepting the Feelings, Not the Trigger

    • Lesson 29 - Powerful Imagery

  • 9

    Section 8: Hurting Our Heart

    • Lesson 30 - Blame and the Unreal Other

    • Lesson 31 - Resentment

    • Lesson 32 - Practice Exercise: Why We Blame

  • 10

    Section 9: Releasing Ourselves from Resentment’s Grip

    • Lesson 33 - How Forgiveness Works

    • Lesson 34 - Case Study: Difficulty with In-Laws

    • Lesson 35 - Sensing the Vulnerability

    • Lesson 36 - Practice: Mindfully Stretching the Body

  • 11

    Section 10: Forgiveness Practice

    • Lesson 37 - Practice Exercise

  • 12

    Section 11: Forgiveness in Action: Q/A

    • Lesson 38 - When to do Which Practice

    • Lesson 39 - Wise Discernment - Is Verbalizing Necessary?

  • 13

    Section 12: Love and Belonging

    • Lesson 40 - Calling on Our Wisest Self

    • Lesson 41 - Practice Exercise: “Future Self” Meditation

    • Lesson 42 - Seeing the Gold, Reflecting it Back

    • Lesson 43 - Practice Exercise: What Do You Love?

    • Lesson 44 - Practice Exercise: Our Loving True Nature

    • Lesson 45 - Living Creatively, Serving Our World

    • Lesson 46: The Path of Awakening

  • 14



Radical Acceptance: The Freeing Power of Mindfulness and Meditation