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Technology, Here we Come!
Upcoming Retreat, Class, Workshop and other Events at DSC
Daily Thought from Aaron
Video - Dec. 20, 2017 | 'What Do I Mean by Awakening'
DSC Archives - Sila and the Practice of Working with Fear, Barbara Brodsky
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Technology, Here We Come!
From living room talks in founding teacher Barbara Brodsky’s home, to group talks in various sangha settings, now via Zoom in the sanctuary at Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, the dharma is being spread around the globe. It has been quite a journey … and a steep learning curve at that. But with the help of friends to guide our acquisition of the proper camera and video equipment at a reasonable cost, and the help of Zoom, an online technology that allows us to bring together up to 99 people from around the world, the Deep Spring Center dharma is being spread like never-before imagined!

Approximately 18 months ago, we began with an office manager with some techie skills and a photographer wannabe. Our decision to stream content live on the Internet meant that we needed the equipment to do so and the training to know how to use the equipment! Slowly, we gathered the materials and outlined our production plan and needs. We spent much of the summer of 2015 figuring out how to work with the new equipment.

Learning how to use the camera was the easiest. But even so, with its remote controls, different optical options, and lack of clarity surrounding Bluetooth vs. wireless … we had our hands full. Learning about Zoom was another matter. We were optimistic. Why couldn’t we use three microphones and expect that each would operate predictably and also be properly connected to the laptop/Zoom? (We now use one!) And then we needed to make sure that the various pieces of equipment (approximately 7 or 8) were wired together properly.

We scheduled a dress rehearsal for early September. There were some glitches with wiring, of course, and problems getting the camera to behave as it should, but we did manage a 30-minute taping. With the live Evenings with Aaron night just one week away, anxiety was mounting. We arrived 2.5 hours early to get set up. We started ten minutes late and then encountered a few stumbles along the way—but no matter: we were up, live, sending out the dharma.

At the end of the session, the 12-15 people in Ann Arbor joined Barbara up front so that the 10 online were able to see who had been attending in-person. The hearts and voices from everyone there celebrated our first live presentation as we all waved good-bye to one another. And thus was the first video for the archives produced. It was an incredible, wonderful feeling (and relief). And, you know, maybe something we could consider doing on a regular basis.

Gratefully,
Bill Riccobono
Video Production Team Leader
Deep Spring Center Board
Upcoming Retreat, Class, Workshop and other Events at DSC
S pring Vipassana Basics Retreat in March | Living with an Open Heart
Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11
Registration closes Monday, Feb. 26
Held at: Rudolph Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Sunday Online Meditation from Anywhere
Weekly Meditation | Live streaming
Evenings with Aaron
Wednesday | February 28, March 28 May 9
Local and live streaming
Remembering Wholeness - Darshan with The Mother
Saturday, March 3 - 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Sunday, March 25 | April 15 | June 3 - 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Local
Bringing the Light of True Dharma to Everyday Life
Continuing class with Barbara Brodsky
6 classes | Tuesday
Feb. 20 | March 6 & 20 | April 3 & 17 | May 1
Local
Coming Home - Workshop
Saturday, March 24 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Local and live streaming
Daily Thought from Aaron
You're on a boat,' he said. 'The boat is riding too low on the water and there are waves. You've got to toss one person out. In the boat are a loved one, a person about whom you feel neutral, a person who is a difficult person, and yourself. You're the one to decide: which one are you going to cast into the water?' She thought about it awhile and said, 'There are no grounds for decision.' He just smiled and bowed and indicated that the interview was over. 'Did I get it right?' she wondered. But of course, when you get to that place where you understand your interrelationship with all beings, there are no grounds for decision. You cannot cast yourself into the shark-infested sea to save others nor can you throw others in to save yourself.

Video
December 20, 2017
Evenings with Aaron
'What Do I Mean by Awakening?'
short clip | closed captioning
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DSC Archives
Sila and the Practice of Working With Fear

This is a combination of two talks presented by Barbara Brodsky in 1991.

Barbara: In a personal sense and in our work in the world, we want peace-a world where all beings have the opportunity to live without suffering. Yet rather than peace and joy, suffering often grows from our actions and words. If we want peace, why do we end up with disharmony? What are the roots of that disharmony? How can we live our personal lives more skillfully?

Many of us are involved in one area or another of social change that may lead us to direct confrontation with those of differing viewpoints. Such meetings sometimes lead to an escalation of anger rather than to deeper communication. Can we engage in active participation as forces of change in the world without creating more anger?

I don't believe disharmony must accompany personal expression or change, but to lovingly create communication and change takes honesty, courage, awareness and commitment. How can we use our meditation practice to begin that work and to allow the compassion and joy in ourselves to shine through?

One of the most beautiful words I know is "ahimsa". This is often defined simply as non-harm, but its meaning goes much deeper. Ahimsa carries with it the determination not to violate the essence of another being in any way. Gandhi taught that the essential ingredients of ahimsa are truth and compassion. Truth is impersonal and must come from beyond the egocentric self. Compassion is our natural response to the experience of truth. Ahimsa is a dynamic expression of compassion. It acknowledges responsibility for action, speech and thought, and also for failure to act or speak. It is a way of being with the world that grows from full awareness of non-duality and emptiness of self.

No matter how determined we are to act in a loving way, fear arises when we feel threatened. It seems natural to wish to protect ourselves. Even when we aspire to act lovingly and skillfully, fear leads us to give an opposing message. We offer love but also defend. Defense brings a solidified self and heightens the illusory separation into self and other. Yet it is possible to act and speak with egolessness and non-separation that lead to harmony, even in the presence of fear.
We know we can't will away fear and the armor it creates around the heart; we can't demand the heart to open. When we notice fear, we often judge it and then unconsciously choose to suppress it, or we mask it with anger, shame or other emotions. That doesn't dissolve fear, but only buries it. The possibility of reactivity to fear is still there.

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