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Radical Compassion Challenge

Are you ready to make a commitment to a more loving and compassionate society?

Join us in putting our compassion into action to heal and transform our world …

Own the Radical Compassion Challenge Package

What You Get When You Upgrade:

Devices with presenters and bonuses

10 guided audio meditations and daily lessons

Own each teaching and practice session from the Radical Compassion Challenge to help make living this wisdom second nature to you


10 video interviews and transcripts

Revisit any of our in-depth interview sessions with Tara Brach and the Radical Compassion Challenge luminaries, at your convenience and pace


PLUS 3 bonus audio programs​

Self-Compassion Step by Step by Kristin Neff, The Mindful Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, and Mindfulness Meditation by Tara Brach

Dear friends,

The spiritual path is made of forgetting and remembering. And remembering compassion has been a total game changer in my life. 

Self-compassion helped awaken me from what I call the trance of unworthiness, with its grip of fear and shame. Compassion has naturally extended to the other beings in my life, to holding our shared vulnerability and honoring our basic goodness.  

I’ve witnessed in myself and countless others how living compassion—in action, in our relationships, and in our society—brings profound happiness, peace, and belonging. 

And it seems clear that to heal our world, we need to consciously cultivate our innate capacity for compassion. Only then will our collective caring lead us to act on behalf of those most vulnerable, and our larger body, this living Earth.

This is the inspiration behind the Radical Compassion Challenge and my book, Radical Compassion.

Our vision is to start the year with an offering that can engage large numbers of people around the globe in awakening their hearts and engaging in compassion-based social activism. 

The clock is ticking on the health of our planet, and the medicine for the sufferings we face is found in evolving consciousness: learning to move beyond bias and dividedness, realizing our mutual belonging, and living from love.

We hope you’ll join us in cultivating and extending compassion at such a critical time.

With loving blessings,

Tara Brach

Tara Brach

Tara Brach, PhD, 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 (2003), True Refuge (2012), and Radical Compassion (2019). 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 3 million times each month. To learn more, visit tarabrach.com.

What You'll Learn About:

Explore why compassion begins with the person in the mirror (we can't give what we don't have), and receive practical guidance on being kinder to yourself
Widening Our "Circles"
Learn to extend compassion to broader and broader circles, from friends and family, to your neighbors and coworkers, to the larger communities we share
The Neuroscience of Compassion
Discover the evolutionary advantages of compassion, and the ways that our natural compassion can become either blocked or enhanced
The RAIN of Compassion
Experience Tara Brach's multipurpose meditation for releasing shame and blame, finding forgiveness, returning to presence, and deepening compassion
Healing Through Love
Learn about the power of "revolutionary love" to transform our world, accessing the divine feminine warrior within, and ways to keep our hearts wide open
Gratitude, Appreciation, and Understanding
Teachings and practices for seeing the good in others, finding our common ground, offering support, and expressing appreciation

10 Worldwide Leaders in the Art & Practice of Compassion

The Radical Compassion Challenge brings you the wisdom of thought leaders and visionaries to inspire and engage your compassion on an ongoing basis.

Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert

New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

A Merciful, Loving Presence

In this interview, Tara Brach speaks with bestselling author and teacher Elizabeth Gilbert on the meaning and importance of mercy. According to Elizabeth, “Mercy is a quality that says, ‘I’m going to stand with you in our shared humanity, in the shared dilemma of how impossible it is to be a human being, and recognize from one demented, battered, confused soul to another that it’s hard for all of us here.'”

Session highlights:

  • The difference between forgiveness and mercy
  • Keeping our hearts open and holding others in a field of love
  • Offering help in ways that are most useful
Van Jones
Van Jones

CEO of REFORM Alliance, CNN commentator, host of The Redemption Project and The Van Jones Show

Bridging the Divides That Separate Us

How do we open our hearts wide enough to include those we fear or distrust? When we feel inspired to take action to address injustice, how do we determine the first step—and how do we avoid the trap of “becoming what we’re fighting”? These are some of the tough questions Tara Brach and Van Jones discuss in “Bridging the Divides That Separate Us.” 

Session highlights:

  • Finding our common purpose in the struggle against addiction and poverty
  • Why activism must be grounded in compassion to be effective
  • How we grow stronger through perseverance in the face of ongoing adversity
  • Bringing healing and harmony to our political system
Jon Kabat Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Internationally renowned scientist, author, and meditation teacher

How Mindfulness Can Heal the World

More people today may be practicing mindfulness than ever before. But what does that really mean for the state of our world? In this inspiring interview, Tara Brach speaks with Jon Kabat-Zinn about the true power of mindfulness to transform our lives and the planet, discussing how we as a society must learn to confront suffering and injustice, and the revolution in consciousness that is necessary if we are to right the ship.

Session highlights:

  • Awakening compassion and clarity through an understanding of our interconnectedness
  • How every moment is an opportunity to be fully present and embodied
  • Why mindfulness needs to include “heartfulness”
  • Making mindfulness sacred again
Valerie Kaur
Valarie Kaur, JD

Civil rights activist and leader of the Revolutionary Love Project

Revolutionary Love

In this interview, Valarie Kaur shares her story as a Sikh American activist and mother and how it led her to the call of what she refers to as “revolutionary love.” “When we love others, opponents, and ourselves,” she explains, “that’s when love becomes revolutionary. And I believe that revolutionary love is the call of our times.”

Session highlights:

  • Love as a form of “sweet labor”—fierce, bloody, imperfect, life-giving
  • Reclaiming love as a force for justice in our lives and in our social and political movements
  • Why opening our hearts to “the enemy” is essential if we’re going to transform the world
Dacher Keltner, PhD
Dacher Keltner, PhD

Professor of psychology and founding director of the Greater Good Science Center

Hardwired for Compassion

Do we all possess an instinct for compassion? If compassion is “hardwired” within each of us, how do we consciously access and activate it? In this interview with Dr. Dacher Keltner, we will explore the biological roots of human compassion and some of the proven ways we can transform our relationships and our world through the power of compassion and kindness.

Session highlights:

  • How trust in our essential human goodness and inherent compassion changes everything
  • Why striving for material gain can be a barrier to compassion
  • How powerlessness and inequality impact our ability to experience and express compassion
Kristin Neff, PhD
Kristin Neff, PhD

Pioneering self-compassion researcher and author of the new book, Fierce Self-Compassion.

The Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion

Dr. Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over 15 years ago. In this interview, Tara Brach speaks with Dr. Neff about how she became involved in the study of self-compassion and how each one of us can cultivate this life-saving skill.

Session highlights:

  • The arising of self-compassion in response to our own suffering
  • The yin and yang of self-compassion
  • Mature compassion and our true capacity to heal the world
Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh


Creativity, Presence, and Compassion

Sandra Oh is a Canadian actress best known for her roles in Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve. In this interview, Sandra shares about the challenges she experienced as an Asian artist attempting to break through long-standing stereotypes, the connection between her spiritual practice and her creative pursuits, and how we can take refuge in presence during stressful situations and circumstances.

Session highlights:

  • Managing the instability that can accompany success and fame
  • What happens to the psyche when one is not truly seen
  • Awakening to the suffering of nondominant populations
Maria Shriver
Maria Shriver

Journalist, author, and founder of The Women's Alzheimer's Movement

Becoming an Architect of Change

Maria Shriver’s life and career are driven by her fervent belief that everyone has the ability to be an “architect of change” and help to move humanity forward in their own way. In this interview with Tara Brach, learn more about Maria’s personal journey and how her understanding of the value of compassion has matured and unfolded.

Session highlights:

  • The importance of acknowledging and processing our loss and grief
  • Keeping things in healthy balance
  • Meditation and writing as practices for making sense of our lives
  • Accessing the divine feminine warrior within
Daniel J. Siegel, MD
Daniel J. Siegel, MD

New York Times bestselling author and neuropsychiatrist

The Neuroscience of Compassion

What are the underpinnings of true compassion? How do we cultivate both a caring heart and a healthy mind? What are the key skills we need for maintaining happy relationships? These are some of the questions we explore in this interview with pioneering teacher Dr. Daniel J. Siegel.

Session highlights:

  • Bringing empathy and compassion back to mainstream medicine
  • The neuroscience of empathy and compassion
  • Interpersonal neurobiology and the integration of differentiated parts
Krista Tippett
Krista Tippett

Founder and CEO of The On Being Project

Courage and Compassion

In this interview, Tara Brach speaks with Krista Tippett about her varied work with The On Being Project, including The Civil Conversations Project, and the courage to awaken our hearts in the spirit of service and compassion for the collective good.

Session highlights:

  • Undoing the patterns of separation and facing the pain and suffering of others
  • The six grounding virtues of The On Being Project
  • Compassion as a spiritual technology
  • The need for a collective awakening of the heart

Own the Radical Compassion Challenge Upgrade Package and receive lifetime access to:

Devices with presenters and bonuses

PLUS 3 bonus audio programs:​

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Self-Compassion Step by Step: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Join Kristin Neff in this six-hour audio course on transforming self-criticism into genuine compassion towards ourselves (audio; reg. price $48.97)

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The Mindful Brain: The Neurobiology of Well-Being

Daniel J. Siegel presents nearly five hours of paradigm-stretching discoveries on the proven benefits of mindfulness (audio; reg. price $20.97)

Mindfulness Meditation: Nine Guided Practices to Awaken Presence and Open Your Heart

This 2½-hour audio program with Tara Brach brings you mindfulness-based meditations to awaken inner calm, clarity, wisdom, and compassion (audio; reg. price $13.97)


The Radical Compassion Challenge is structured to support you in activating your compassion throughout the day for 10 days—beginning with yourself, and expanding outwardly to include all beings and the planet we share. Tara Brach will be your guide for the duration of the journey. To make the most of things, we suggest you participate as follows.

Each day will start with a teaching session with Tara to orient us around our common objectives. Then Tara will lead us in a guided meditation to ground our intentions and provide a foundation for the “outer work” we’ll be doing that day—namely, the “compassion in action” assignment that Tara presents after the meditation. Your daily challenge may very well be the most important and impactful aspect of this program, and we want you to know that you won’t be going at this alone—you’ll also have the support of the Facebook community we’re creating just for this 10-day challenge. 

After Tara’s teaching and meditation, you’re invited to watch her interview session with that day’s guest, who will offer even more insight into living from a place of compassion.

All of the content in the Radical Compassion Challenge will be aired on this page. We recommend you bookmark it and mark your calendar for the start of the challenge on April 26, 2021.

All of the teachings, meditations, interviews, and daily challenges are included in the Radical Compassion Challenge Upgrade Package, giving you immediate and lifetime access to everything, so you can revisit any of the sessions at your convenience. The Upgrade Package is backed by our one-year, 100% satisfaction guarantee. And when you upgrade, your purchase helps us make programs like this available for free—thank you for your support!

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