bringing the light of true dharma to everyday life
This morning I needed to find something in my storage shed. Knowing it would be dark, I carried a flashlight. To forget the flashlight would be unwise; how would I find what I sought?
We all seek to live wisely and with lovingkindness, and we all experience fear, anger, confusion, grasping, grief, body pain, and physical and mental agitation. When we have these experiences, it’s like going into the dark shed. We want to shine out with love, but we lose ourselves in the darkness. We forget the flashlight! More precisely, we forget that light is always with us. We forget where and how to look to remember its presence.
This year’s class will focus on Dharma in Everyday Life. How does our daily meditation practice (vipassana, pure awareness, heart practices and more) help our Light to remain accessible so it may light our way in times of darkness? Each class will have some mixture of sitting, discussion of vipassana practice, and working with the dark shadows we meet in everyday life with support of vipassana and with related practices.
A primary focus will be deepening the practice of Clear Light, remembering Light in the times of darkness and how that supports awakened living. We will use exercises, reading, and in most classes, at least a short talk from Aaron. The specific direction for each class period will be taken from the expressed needs and interests of the class members.
Teachers: Barbara Brodsky, and occasional guest teachers.
Level: All levels.
Prerequisite: At least an introductory level vipassana class, but this class is most suitable for experienced meditators.
Held at: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 38106
Fee: $105 – 7 classes
7 classes | Tuesday
Sept. 19 | Oct. 3, 17, 31 | Nov. 14, 28 | Dec. 12
Time: Most nights meditation: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Class: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. (many nights we will end by 8:30 but may go until 9 if needed. At times, Aaron may speak before we meditate.
Teacher questions: If you have questions, you may email Barbara Brodsky at email@example.com. This is the best way to reach Barbara. After Labor Day Barbara can also be reached by phone at 734.971.2076. This is a direct deaf phone with voice recognition software, and Barbara will speak back, but there is no answering machine if she is not near her phone.
Deep Spring Center teachers offer their time on a dana basis, joyfully sharing the teachings. Your free-will offerings to the teachers are welcomed.
Note: Teachers do not receive any compensation from Deep Spring Center. Deep Spring Center fees / donations are used for running expenses in support of retreats, classes, workshops and to protect the archives of Barbara Brodsky and Aaron for future use.