The Dharma Path | A 2 year program with Aaron* and Barbara Brodsky
Begins fall of 2018 and ends spring 2020
18 classes per year for 2 years
1/2 day intensive per year
5 day intensive residential program per year
Limited to 20 students | 10 local in Ann Arbor MI and 10 live streaming
This program replaces the ongoing tuesday night class that has been ongoing for several years

The focus of this program, from Aaron:

If you wished to improve your health, you might start to eat more wisely, to exercise, to meditate, and to bring joy to your life. After some time with such intentions, you would probably start to ask, “what is healthy eating? What exercises shall I do? What forms of meditation are there, and what practice would be most suitable? How do I invite joy?” You might then study nutrition, plant a garden and learn to talk with your vegetables; practice yoga, weight lifting, running or swimming and finally begin to look deeper at the body and what best supports wholesome interactivity of the body parts. You might regard your spirit body as an integral part of the whole of body, mind and spirit, and investigate what spiritual practices most help bring ease and support the physical, emotional and mental bodies. Finally, you might begin an in-depth investigation of joy and find the ways that living with mindfulness, with gratitude, with generosity, all support joy. And this is just the start.
Complete program information …


Teachers:
 Aaron* and Barbara Brodsky.
Level: Experienced meditation practice.
Prerequisite: An existing Vipassana meditation practice and some additional spiritual background. If you are uncertain please contact Barbara Brodsky at [email protected].
Held at: Locally in Ann Arbor, MI and live streaming
Maximum class size: Limited to 20 students. 10 local students; 10 live streaming students


No one will be denied participation for financial reasons. Please contact the office at 734.477.5848 or [email protected].

Donation to Barbara Brodsky who offers these teachings freely: PayPal.Me 

Teacher questions: If you have questions, you may email Barbara Brodsky at [email protected] 

*Aaron is channeled by Barbara Brodsky

YEAR 1:

Year 1 | Session 1 – Fall 2018 – 7 classes
Sept. 4, 18 | Oct. 2, 16, 30 | Nov. 13, 27
Day: Tuesday | Time: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS FULL:
Wait list form for online registration

LOCAL REGISTRATION IS FULL:
Wait list form for local registration

Suggested donation paid at one time or monthly.
7 classes: $105 – $315

Year 1 | Session 2 – 1/2 day intensive
December 8
Day: Saturday : Time: 11 am-4 pm
REGISTRATION AND DONATION
Suggested donation.
1/2 day intensive: $75 – $250

Year 1 | Session 3 – Winter/Spring 2019 | 10 classes
Jan. 8, 22 | Feb. 19 | March 5, 19 | April 9, 23 | May 7, 21 | June 4
Day: Tuesday | Time: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
DONATION (not an active link)
Suggested donation paid at one time or monthly.
10 classes: $150 – $450

Year 1 | Session 4 – Residential Intensive held in MI
Thursday, May 23 – Monday, 27, 2019
DONATION (not an active link)
Details to come

Year 2:

Year 2 | Session 1 – Fall 2019 – 7 classes
Sept. 3, 17 | Oct. 1, 15, 29 | Nov. 12, 26 
Day: Tuesday | Time: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
DONATION (not an active link)
Suggested donation paid at one time or monthly.
7 classes: $105 – $315

Year 2 | Session 2 – 1/2 day intensive
December 7
Time: 11 am-4 pm
DONATION (not an active link)
Suggested donation.
1/2 day intensive: $75 – $250

Year 2 | Session 3 – Winter/Spring 2020 | 10 classes
Jan. 7, 14 | Feb. 18 | March 3, 17, 31 | April 14, 21 | May 12| June 2
Day: Tuesday | Time: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
DONATION (not an active link)
Suggested donation paid at one time or monthly.
10 classes: $150 – $450

Year 2 | Session 4 – Residential Intensive held in MI
Thusday, May 21 – Monday, 25, 2020
DONATION (not an active link)
Details to come 

Complete Description:

The focus of this program, from Aaron:

If you wished to improve your health, you might start to eat more wisely, to exercise, to meditate, and to bring joy to your life. After some time with such intentions, you would probably start to ask, “what is healthy eating? What exercises shall I do? What forms of meditation are there, and what practice would be most suitable? How do I invite joy?” You might then study nutrition, plant a garden and learn to talk with your vegetables; practice yoga, weight lifting, running or swimming and finally begin to look deeper at the body and what best supports wholesome interactivity of the body parts. You might regard your spirit body as an integral part of the whole of body, mind and spirit, and investigate what spiritual practices most help bring ease and support the physical, emotional and mental bodies. Finally, you might begin an in-depth investigation of joy and find the ways that living with mindfulness, with gratitude, with generosity, all support joy. And this is just the start.

Similarly, if you want to attain true liberation from suffering, you will need to explore the many elements that create suffering in your lives, and the various paths and their components that lead out of suffering. Those reading this message, those considering this class, have already done much of the foundation work. Some of you are frustrated because after years or decades of practice you feel you are not yet free in any real ways.

This is a familiar predicament for the seeker. Further progress may seem blocked, for some, with what is sometimes experienced as a “Dark Night of the Soul,” actually an imitation of the true “Dark Night.” It is a place of frustration, seemingly a dead end. It comes when the soul despairs of further progress because it still experiences itself as a “self”. It cannot move further without some deepened experience of no-self, of true emptiness, but feels it cannot experience that emptiness without releasing attachment to a self! Here is the dilemma!

From Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross:
Souls begin to enter this dark night when God draws them forth from the state of beginners–which is the state of those that meditate on the spiritual road–and begins to set them in the state of progressives–which is that of those who are already contemplatives–to the end that, after passing through it, they may arrive at the state of the perfect, which is that of the Divine union of the soul with God. Bk. I, chap. i, sect. 1.

Dante also speaks of this in Divina Commedia, Canto 1:

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.
Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the true way had been lost.

Here we benefit by taking a step backward to gain perspective, then move forward again onto a more stable walk on The Dharma Path. We must use a balance of heart and intellect; of deep practice, will and intention along with surrender and letting go; trusting our way through the power of intention and love.

In our class, though perhaps not in this specific order, we’ll explore the Path as described by the Buddhist tradition and by my (Aaron’s) experience of Path as known by spirit. We’ll read parts of “Dark Night of the Soul” and also a small bit of Dante’s Inferno. What is this Dark Night and how does it merge with Clear Light? How do we allow the Dark Night to open into that Clear Light?

We’ll consider the tools we have gathered through the years and attempt to better understand the strengths and misuses of these tools. The tools themselves are not defective, but we often have used them as tools of grasping, out of fear. Can we begin to proceed from a base of love? What blocks that love? How do we, not so much “get to” love, as Remember Love?

We’ll become true spiritual friends, each to each, and learn from each other and from the core of each person’s practice.

Finally, we’ll return to Path of Clear Light, and the practices of Sacred Darkness, drawing them together, two parts of a whole.

Throughout the classes we’ll draw on and build upon our connections to spirit. We’ll build on your years of spiritual practice and meditation.

This is a very brief statement of the class plan. Our true focus is liberation and an end to suffering for each class participant and for all sentient beings.

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