9:00 AM Keynote Address

Tara BrachDeliberate Practice and the Inner Life
Tara Brach
One of the foremost American teachers of Buddhist meditation, Tara Brach is also a clinical psychologist nationally known for her unique flare for bridging Western psychological knowledge and Eastern spiritual traditions. Author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha and True Refuge—Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, Brach is a luminous and powerful speaker, at once inspiring and deeply comforting. She conveys the message of Buddhist acceptance and wisdom, along with the sense of her own compassion, common sense, and full-hearted humanity, through stories, personal examples, and humor.

In her keynote address, she’ll talk about the paradoxical “craft” of meditation—how we deliberately practice certain “skillful means” to quiet the mind so that we may attain a seemingly effortless embodied state of radical and liberating “natural presence,” in which we simply let life be just as it is.

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