True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

by Tara Brach
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True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart by Tara Brach

How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion, or inevitable loss? If you’re like most people, chances are you react with fear and confusion, falling back on timeworn strategies: anger, self-judgment, and addictive behaviors. Though these old, conditioned attempts to control our life may offer fleeting relief, ultimately they leave us feeling isolated and mired in pain.
 
There is another way. Beneath the turbulence of our thoughts and emotions exists a profound stillness, a silent awareness capable of limitless love. Tara Brach, author of the award-winning Radical Acceptance, calls this awareness our true refuge, because it is available to every one of us, at any moment, no exceptions. In this book, Brach offers a practical guide to finding our inner sanctuary of peace and wisdom in the midst of difficulty.
 
Based on a fresh interpretation of the three classic Buddhist gateways to freedom—truth, love, and awareness—True Refuge shows us the way not just to heal our suffering, but also to cultivate our capacity for genuine happiness. Through spiritual teachings, guided meditations, and inspirational stories of people who discovered loving presence during times of great struggle, Brach invites us to connect more deeply with our own inner life, one another, and the world around us.
 
True Refuge is essential reading for anyone encountering hardship or crisis, anyone dedicated to a path of spiritual awakening. The book reminds us of our own innate intelligence and goodness, making possible an enduring trust in ourselves and our lives. We realize that what we seek is within us, and regardless of circumstances, “there is always a way to take refuge in a healing and liberating presence.”

Praise for True Refuge
 
“Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience as well as ten more years of personal experience on the path of awakening, Tara Brach’s superb second book brings readers ever more deeply in touch with our true nature. This book is a precious gift, filled with insight, shared from heart to heart.”—Thich Nhat Hanh
 
True Refuge is a magnificent work of heart. For anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of the mind and how to improve the quality of their life, this book offers unique insights and easily learned practices that literally can transform your life’s path. Read, explore, and enjoy!”—Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of No-Drama Discipline
 
“This is a special book, lovely, loving, wise, and helpful. It is like having a sage and caring friend sit with you, offering comfort, insight, and guidance for your own true journey home.”—Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart
 
“A healing and helpful meditation . . . a gracefully written spiritual gem on awareness, refuge, and presence.”—Spirituality & Practice
 
“[A] richly detailed, hopeful book . . . This accomplished example of spiritual self-help offers a gentle path for change in the face of suffering.”Publishers Weekly
 
“This book is an undertaking and one that can change your life if you embrace it. It is heartfelt and practical . . . full of grit, honesty, and clarity.”—Beliefnet


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345538628
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 121,711
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Tara Brach, Ph.D., is the author of Radical Acceptance, winner of a Books for a Better Life Award. She is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C., and has conducted workshops across the country. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with her husband, her mother, and three dogs.

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True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Another Excellent Book by Tara Brach Several months ago I came across Brach's first book, Radical Acceptance while at a friend's house. The book addressed many issues that I had been struggling with, such as low self-esteem and guilt and shame. My friend let me borrow her copy. The book spoke directly to my relationship with myself. As I read it and followed the teachings it helped me heal some of my own inner conflicts. After reading it, I bought my own copy. I've also gotten and shared her guided meditation CDs. When I learned of Brach's new book, True Refuge, I immediately got a copy. I'm impressed with how she effectively segues from her first book to this one. In True Refuge she describes a place, a peaceful sanctuary, a place of true refuge that exists within all of us--which we find once we navigate through own turbulent emotions, self-defeating thoughts, and toxic behavioral patterns. This "place" is within and accessible to everyone. This place is the True refuge. Brach effectively details the way to the safety, serenity, and refuge that can be accessed by practicing the mindfulness techniques that she describes in the book. Brach also provides the reader examples of how readily accessible one's own personal refuge is. Brach, is a wonderful writer, takes the reader by the hand and walks them through the different techniques she describes in her text until the reader is in the quiet, observant refuge that resides within all of us. The True Refuge that is within. I liked True Refuge so much, I finished it in just a few days. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in cultivating or deepening their mindfulness practices, anyone interested in the relationship between psychology and Buddhism, or Buddhist psychology, for anyone who wants to deepen and enrich their existing meditation practice or to develop one. Most importantly I would recommend Brach's book for anyone who longs for the peace and solace that can only be found in the True Refuge within. For inspiration of classic Buddhist teachers, I recently received and thoroughly enjoyed a review copy of Extraordinary Zen Masters: A Maverick, a Master of Masters, and a Wandering Poet. A nice supplement to Brachs modern Buddhism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book from a great teacher!