Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Clinical psychologist

Tara Brach, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who earned her degree from the Fielding Institute, with a dissertation exploring meditation as a therapeutic modality in treating addiction. She went on to complete a five-year Buddhist teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Working as both a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher, she found herself naturally blending these two powerful traditions—introducing meditation to her therapy clients and sharing western psychological insights with meditation students.

Tara is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW), which is now one of the largest and most dynamic non-residential meditation centers in the United States. She gives presentations, teaches classes, offers workshops, and leads silent meditation retreats at IMCW and at conferences and retreat centers in the United States and Europe. She is also a leader of the Awareness Training Institute (ATI) which offers online courses on mindfulness and compassion, as well as the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP). In addition to numerous articles, videos, and hundreds of recorded talks, Tara is the author of three books, including the most recent Radical Compassion.