Presence, Kindness, and Freedom


Barbara Brodsky is a dharma teacher who leads meditation retreats and spiritual inquiry workshops worldwide. In Ann Arbor, Barbara is the founder and guiding teacher of Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry which offers non-denominational spiritual teachings and practice. She has been practicing meditation since 1960 and teaching since 1989. Her teaching draws from dual roots in the Buddhist and Quaker traditions. Her Buddhist training is in the Theravadin and Dzogchen traditions. She became totally deaf in 1972; living with silence has greatly influenced her life and teaching, as have years of active involvement in nonviolent action for social change. Since a surfing accident in 2004, Barbara is blind in one eye.  Barbara is also the channel for the spirit, Aaron, and, with him, offers personal spiritual direction sessions and group workshops. Eight books of Aaron’s teachings have been published. The newest is, The Aaron/Q’uo Dialogues: An Extraordinary Conversation between Two Spiritual Guides.

Barbara has been featured in two episodes of the NPR radio show, This American Life Miracle Cures, episode 262 and The Other Man, episode 212 . She is a contributor to numerous anthologies and journals. She was also one of the featured teachers in the internationally acclaimed documentary, One, the Movie, directed by Ward Powers, 2005.

What People Are Saying:

As I go through the Aaron material, I am struck by its sophistication and its lightness, its clarity and its beauty. Ram Dass –  spiritual teacher, author of  Be Here Now, Still Here, and other books

Rich with clear perspectives on living a life filled with peace, love and joy. Perennial questions that have perplexed mankind are answered from a place of deep wisdom and compassion. Meditations that enable the reader to directly realize these essential understandings are included. Aaron speaks of his teachings as being similar to a finger painting to the moon and not the moon itself. However, even his pointing is filled with a brilliant illumination. Matthew Flickstein, Dharma Teacher, Author of Swallowing the River Ganges: A Practice Guide to the Path of Purification and Journey to the Center: A Meditation Workbook

Barbara Brodsky‘s work with Aaron is an answer to the profound hunger that is so pandemic in our society for a spiritual aspect to life. The widespread problems of addiction, divorce, child abuse and abandonment and violence of all kinds point to a loss of hope and of fearfulness to work with life’s difficulties. There is no doubt we have lost our way and need to get back in touch with our humanity. These teachings provide a guide. As a psychoanalyst I have found comfort and healing in my talks with Barbara and Aaron. Muriel Salzman, Licensed and Certified Psychoanalyst

I have found Aaron’s teachings to be kind respectful, and filled with humanity; they are clear, pointed articulations of profound truth. I consider Aaron to be one of my teachers. Ajahn Thanasanti, Theravadin Buddisht Nun

I have come to love Aaron and keenly appreciate his wit, wisdom and discernment. Co-channeling with Barbara is one of the treats of my own channeling life. Settle down with this book and I promise you will come away touched and inspired. This is a true classic. Carla Rueckert, Channel for The Ra Material, The Law of One.

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