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My teacher Tara Brach’s “True Refuge” book launches today

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I am deeply grateful to my many teachers who help me discover a better life path, both longterm teachers like Steve Rench, Jun Yasuda and SunWolf and many more; those who are my unintentional and unexpected teachers whom I bump into and interact with for but a brief moment; and all my teachers in between.

Tara Brach is a great teacher. When I first saw her at the BuddaFest’s special weekend gathering for the tenth anniversary of the September 11 murders, she was looking at me and my family with a warm smile, as if she had already met us. My wife described her smile as that of an angel.

Subsequently, I have made the time — along with a few hundred others, so arrive early — on a few occasions to attend Tara’s weekly meditation/dharma talk gatherings on Wednesday nights at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, where I experience deep and great meditation, and learn some great lessons from Tara’s Dharma talks and from those of her guests that sometimes fill in as leaders.

Tara wrote a book Radical Acceptance describing how her mindfulness practice, being in the moment, has tremendously helped her in dealing with otherwise deeply painful and distressing situations, including being supremely dissed before her cohorts by her previously revered teacher of years and years. Extreme ouch does not even begin to explain the hurt she felt from that. Today launches the release of Tara’s new book True Refuge, which I understand includes underlining on focusing on the present moment as a counterpoint and healing approach to even the most difficult situations we encounter each day.

Tara kindly included me in her YouTube Finding True Refuge series, in which I am interviewed here. She generously posts her weekly dharma talks online for free. Of course, people cannot live on love alone, so I recommend also purchasing one or more of Tara’s books, and attending her retreats and other sessions.

Whereas the Dalai Lama found serenity years ago amidst the turmoil inflicted in Tibet and worldwide, Tara has continued facing deep challenges — even while an accomplished meditation and Dharma teacher, including challenges in dealing with her son and with her orthopedic problems that keep her from the many activities she so loves — so shows us by example how mindfulness/being in the moment is tremendously beneficial for even the most extreme-seeming challenges.

Deeply thanking and bowing to Tara Brach.