Tara Brach is your guide in this in-depth program for mental health professionals, their clients, and anyone interested in using the core techniques, practices, and insights from Buddhist psychology for emotional healing and greater awareness.
Includes two live Q&A sessions with Tara.
We begin August 17, 2020.
Healing is a process of coming home to the truth and fullness of who we are—to the loving awareness that gets covered by veils of obsessive thinking, painful emotions, and limiting beliefs. As a clinical psychologist and meditation instructor for more than 35 years, I have seen firsthand how, through the practice of mindfulness and the power of our hearts, we can begin to transcend our layers of unhealthy attitudes, view our situations with greater objectivity and acceptance, and open to the loving presence that we really are. Mindfulness can strengthen our attention, awaken compassion and empathy, expand our acceptance of our own inner states, help us navigate trauma, and so much more we’re still discovering.
The Meditation and Psychotherapy online course includes a variety of tools to support your learning and help you directly experience the transformative power of mindfulness practice. In the nine-session curriculum, I’ll be leading you through more than eight hours of video instruction wherein we’ll cover the essentials of integrating mindful awareness into your personal and professional life. Your course also comes with three bonus audio-learning programs to deepen your journey—The Roots of Buddhist Psychology (with Jack Kornfield), Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (with Thich Nhat Hanh), and one of my own programs, Mindfulness Meditation.
I hope you’ll join me in this heartfelt training for discovering and sharing the fruits of mindfulness practice, for the healing and benefit of everyone we serve.
Tara Brach has been teaching meditation since 1975, as well as leading workshops and meditation retreats at centers throughout North America and Europe. She has a PhD in clinical psychology, is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and is the author of Radical Acceptance, True Refuge, and Radical Compassion. Along with her colleague Jack Kornfield, Tara offers a certification program for mindfulness teachers with participants from more than 50 countries. Tara’s weekly podcasts of talks and meditations are downloaded over two million times each month.
Your primary course content and 3 bonus programs bring you more than 22 hours of teachings.
Join Tara and your classmates for two live Q&A sessions addressing course participant inquiries.
Go at your own pace, revisit sessions—it's all yours to download and keep.
Upon completion of the course, you'll be eligible to earn 9 Continuing Education Credits.
Suffering comes when we forget who we are in our essence: a loving presence. In this session, we begin to build our understanding of mindfulness and the valuable role it can play in helping us realize our true self. We’ll gain insights on how to bring the intention of mindfulness into a clinical setting and how this method can enhance our own professional skills. A guided reflection exercise will help us connect to our aspirations and motivations—an essential process for discovery and growth.
Looking at our busy modern lives, it’s easy to see how we can get lost in thought. The result is often an exclusive identification with our false self, and a life void of the fullness and aliveness that the present moment offers. In this session, we’ll delve more deeply into the challenges of staying present, and begin learning about the RAIN technique, a liberating four-part process for using mindful attention to work through “stuck situations” in life. A special focus will be given to the first two aspects of the process, Recognizing and Allowing.
In being constantly pulled away from the truth of the present moment, we live in a false reality that identifies with the “small self.” We may feel unworthy, insufficient, or not whole—as if something is wrong with us. Our culture, upbringing, or education can cause us to think this way, but fortunately we all possess the potential to awaken from this trance. In this session, we’ll continue to work with the RAIN technique and learn how to identify this trance at work in our lives, and the lives of our clients.
LIVE Q&A #1, Tuesday, September 1
Join Tara Brach in your first live question-and-answer session, addressing specific challenges and other practical considerations shared by course participants.
It is extremely important to bring awareness to our thought processes—but we can’t stop there. In many cases, a deeper examination can also help. In this session, we’ll engage with the “investigating” phase of the RAIN method by examining the roots of the thought patterns at work in our lives. We’ll also discuss the unique challenges that trauma provides in overcoming false beliefs about ourselves and others.
LIVE Q&A #2, Tuesday, September 15
Tara Brach hosts a second live question-and-answer session, offering more insight into the specific inquiries of our course participants.
When faced with fear, pain, or other difficult situations, our tendency is to run away or turn toward exterior sources for comfort. In this session, we’ll explore an alternative approach: looking within for refuge. Using the practice of metta, or lovingkindness, we’ll learn how to awaken, open, and soften our hearts to help support us in this process.
Due to misunderstandings and betrayals, we often create what Tara calls an “unreal other”—an unrealistic image of another person that fails to recognize their humanness. To illuminate how this process may be at work in our own lives, Tara shares real-life examples and describes some of the most common reasons we use this tactic to protect ourselves. This session will also include a discussion of the alchemy of forgiveness, as well as two guided practices that help us move beyond the limits of the unreal other.
In the last stage of RAIN, also known as Non-Identification, we cease to identify with a small sense of self and learn to rest in moments of natural presence. This is the promise that mindfulness practice holds for everyone. Drawing on her experience in sharing mindfulness techniques with her clients and meditation students, Tara offers concrete guidance and tips for teaching mindfulness to others in a professional setting. From answering key questions like “How hard do I try?” to what to do when you or your client feels discouraged in their practice, we’ll explore the intricacies of building and strengthening a practice.
In progressing on the path of mindfulness, we realize that our life is full of beautiful and painful experiences—a term Buddhism describes as the “10,000 joys and sorrows.” In this session, we’ll discuss the importance of grieving and how to identify our reactivity to painful situations. We’ll also discuss the value of recognizing our joys, and how everything in our life can serve in our awakening.
Renowned teacher Jack Kornfield shares more than eight hours of insights into Buddhism’s most useful ideas about the inner life and what brings awakening, freedom, and happiness.
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explores how to find and nourish an inner peacefulness, and maintain it through the day. (Note: This program is eligible for three Continuing Education Credits.)
Tara Brach presents nine of her most effective guided mindfulness meditation sessions for cultivating a forgiving and caring heart, managing reactivity, working with physical suffering, and more.
While the program is indeed a professional-level training that qualifies for Continuing Education Credits, the content here is accessible and relevant to anyone and everyone looking to learn more about mindfulness practice and living with greater awareness.
Both live sessions with Tara Brach will be recorded and made available in your digital account as soon as possible after the live event.
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