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Publisher's Summary

Drawing on the wisdom of Buddhist teachings, illustrative stories and the transformative power of meditation, Tara guides us in healing the shame and fear that bind our hearts. 

In the West, most of us have suffered the fear of not being 'good enough', feeling insecure about our appearance, our sexuality, our intelligence, our spiritual progress or - often most importantly - being worthy of love. When these feelings of insufficiency or self-aversion are strong, we fear abandonment and rejection. Many people have already found the Buddhist perspective on our emotional life to be extremely valuable - and this book will be a major practical contribution to the subject. 

©2003 Tara Brach (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Radical Acceptance offers us an invitation to embrace ourselves with all our pain, fear and anxieties, and to step lightly yet firmly on the path of understanding and compassion. Please enjoy this nourishing and healing book." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

"An insightful, warmhearted and important contribution to the emerging field of therapeutic mindfulness." (Tara Bennett-Goleman)

"Offers gentle wisdom and tender healing." (Jack Kornfield) 

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Imperfection and perfection reconciled

This is an imperfect book written by an imperfect author. I am an imperfect listener/reader. Fortunately, we are simultaneously both imperfect and perfect. This paradox is a blessing. Understanding this paradox is essential. This book helps you understand your imperfect and perfect self. Without this understanding "We may spend our lives seeking something that is actually right inside us and could be found if we would only stop and deepen our attention but distracted we spend our life on our way to somewhere else". I have read many Buddhist books. This book is the most personal one that I have read.

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I found this book to be so relatable with Tara's anecdotes. I was constantly saying "ooh that happens to me". The books helped to remind me to care for myself.

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Found the book sucrose sweet at times. Almost cringe worthy. It was completely due to the narrator. ive listened to Tara Brach for a long time and she’s so beautifully authentic. But this narrator turned a great book into a superficial interpretation with her voice and most importantly, her delivery.

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  • 06-04-2021

good, but...

great book, but the reader made a few errors that I was really surprised to hear. There was one towards the start where she messed up the son's name. Nothing major... got a couple of letters around the wrong way, but definitely something I would have thought would have made someone say, "let's try that last again". Overall, very good, though. Just not completely polished.

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Meditative story telling, gentle lessons through story examples
Gentle calm wisdom delivered in gentle voice. Very comforting , very educative and heartful learning.

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loved loved loved!

What a beautifully written book. Really enjoyed how the story was guided into practical knowledge.

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Robotic Acceptance

Sadly, I just could not get used to the robotic sounding voice. This was even more pronounced as the content is so incredibly human and vulnerable.
I think I’ll actually seek out the traditional book and try again.

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I found this one to be a little annoying to listen to, just didn't like the narration.

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Worth Every Second

I found this incredibly insightful and found myself going 'tick, yup, tick, aha that's me all over'. There were some parts that were hard to wrap my head around but that's OK. I have not turned on the TV for 3 evenings and have happily gone to bed early after work and listened and absorbed this audio. The narrator's voice is lovely and soothing too, the perfect tone for this type of content.

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  • Carmen U
  • 08-08-2020

Amazing thank you so much

Amazing book! Thank you so much! It gave me peace and understanding. I love it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-2022

Life changing book

This was the best spiritual book for me, and i have read quite a few, this helped me to understand so much, she explains very well and gives so many examples . She is so wise this is an amazing work , i am in awe

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  • luciangaspar
  • 20-03-2022

Best insights in the nature of yourself

Tara’s words cuts through the concepts of Myself. Even one image of Myself remains underscored.

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  • User from Ticino, Switzerland
  • 27-11-2021

Maybe it’s me, but I found it terrible

Maybe it’s me, but I found it terrible even though I like Tara Brach otherwise. I found it hard to follow and with no clear point (or even worst the point was made in the first 30min, the rest was just mumbling on with examples with no added value). Maybe I’ll be ready further on. The only positive thing is that overall it made me think about myself and my close ones with more kindness and awareness.

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  • Sam Tuke
  • 15-11-2020

fantastic content deserves better narrator

This book contains important and timeless wisdom, but the the narrator doesn't do it Justice. it's just about tolerable, but she doesn't seem to understand or care about the content much at all. I sorely wish she understood the importance of pauses. it spoils the flow and digestibility of the content when she rattles through profound points without a breath. the guided meditation sessions are hopeless; it might as well be read by Siri. Tara Brach's own authenticity is required here. fortunately Tara narrated at least one of her other books, which results is a dramatically improved listening experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-2021

The narration is just awful

I returned this audio book. The narration is just awful. I really wanted to listen to this audio book, and I gave it a go, but I couldn't go through with it as Cassandra Campbell as a narrator is just terrible. She narrated Pema Chodron's book "When Things Fall Apart" and I couldn't listen to that either. She completely ruined it. Penguin: please get someone else other than Cassandra Campbell to narrate your audio books. I cannot listen to her drab, dreary voice.

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  • Stephen O'Brien
  • 28-03-2021

Lovely book

This is a lovely book. Well written with some smashing guided practices you can learn and useful ideas introduced. It would’ve been nice of the meditations were given separate chapter titles for ease of access on the audio book.

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  • Dan Isaksson
  • 17-02-2022

An exceptional listen with lots to learn.

My only gripe were the hasty guided meditations. But even so I do not in the slightest regret my purchase. If you're looking to help yourself heal and/or live, give it a shot. It's a good step.

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  • Miss R. K. Alford
  • 11-10-2021

inspirational and calming

absolutely loved this, some chapters really resonated with my own experience of life, which I found very reassuring. Have a new found peace. thanks 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-2021

Wonderful!

I’ve been wanting to read (listen) to Tara for some time and it did not disappoint.
This book has helped me immensely on my spiritual journey. It is expertly layered to appeal to advanced spiritual practitioners as well as those just beginning their journey.
If you are just starting, begin your journey here.

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  • Amazon shopper
  • 31-07-2021

Excellent

Tara has been so helpful on my own spiritual path, through her meditations an talks.
This is a great book to listen to if you are looking deepen your awakening.

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  • Bajan queen
  • 21-04-2021

A helpful step on the path of awakening

Thoroughly enjoyable! Yet insightful & profound.
The combination of therapeutic insight coupled with spiritual awakening made the book more impactful & thought provoking & powerful

I recommend this book to everyone. And I will continue to use this book as part of my spiritual support on my journey to enlightenment.

Thank you Tara. Namaste.

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  • salman
  • 23-05-2022

Sit back, listen and relax

Thanks Tara
The book offers simple and easy to understand explanation a number of inner dilemmas that we experience in our psychological world. It also offers some realistic solutions.

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  • Melanie Lowndes
  • 26-03-2022

Wonderful helpful book

This book is a tour de force. There is so much spiritual and personal development in it to be gained. I listened on slightly fast speed to make the timing for a book club. I will go back and listen again. I especially loved the detailed word by word relating of tender conversations with clients and self.
Tara repeats spiritual and emotional truths in many different ways which make them easier to be understood and absorbed. Thank you.

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