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The Dharma Path | year 3 program with Aaron* and Barbara Brodsky
fall 2020 – year 3 for advanced students
10 classes: 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18
For current students

Teachers: Aaron* and Barbara Brodsky.
Supporting Teacher: John Orr
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: Live online using Zoom
Maximum class size: Limited to 40 students.
Teacher questions: If you have questions, you may email Barbara Brodsky at [email protected] 

No one will be denied participation for financial reasons.

Suggested donation to DSC: $150 – $300

Click here to register for current students
If you would like to consider joining please email Barbara Brodsky at [email protected]

No one will be excluded for financial reasons.

*Aaron is channeled by Barbara Brodsky


Founder and Guiding Teacher
Barbara Brodsky:



Check payable to Barbara Brodsky:
3455 Charing Cross Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

  • Barbara Brodsky offers all teachings on a dana basis.
  • She does not receive any payment from Deep Spring Center.
  • All monies paid to Deep Spring Center are used for technical support and office management.

New Hope Sangha
John Orr:



Check payable to John Orr:
2301 Hermitage Rd.
Hillsboro, NC 27278.

  • John Orr offers all teachings on a dana basis.
  • He does not receive any payment from Deep Spring Center.
  • All monies paid to Deep Spring Center are used for technical support and office management.
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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