Invitation to a New Kind of Diamond Approach Group
from Hameed, Karen, Zarina & Christof
Starting in September 2021
This venture is the first of its kind for the Diamond Approach teaching. Moreover, we are not aware of this kind of offering being attempted in other spiritual traditions up till now. This is an invitation to participate in an experiment to see whether it is possible to delve into the substantive knowledge of our path using the current medium of the internet.
We have taught this spiritual body of knowledge for the past 45 years through ongoing groups that gather regularly in person for weekends and retreats. These groups gather committed individuals who become steeped in the teachings and are supported by integrative practices. The teachings build upon one another in depth and breadth. Many of our students have been on this journey for years and some for decades.
The Diamond Approach spiritual teaching has its unique view and methodology. It is a path of liberation and realization. Our orientation is to be fully in the world with all our human capacities and attributes, backed by the felt known that is beyond and permeates the physical layer of our ordinary world.
With Tami Simon, A.H. Almaas, and Zarina Maiwandi
Riveting interviewer and founder of Sounds True, Tami Simon, talks with Diamond Approach founder A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali) and teacher Zarina Maiwandi to help sincere truth seekers learn more about the Diamond Approach (also called the Diamond Path) and the first-ever, all-online Diamond Approach group.
An Interview by Enzo Dal Verme
The current coronavirus pandemic has called many former certainties into question. As we wonder about our post-pandemic life, many of us feel a transformation is inevitable.
In this special interview, I ask Hameed if he thinks we will come out as better people…
No matter what side you’re on, the general consensus is that the world is deeply polarized and broken. Some people see it as a major wake-up call. What is your take on this?
It is not new that human beings experience such suffering, but it is the first time that all of humanity is suffering from the same thing. Most will see it as a wake-up call to be ready for future pandemics or disasters. Waking up can be to something deeper. It can be to the truth that humanity is one, that we are all one family. I think many will wake up to this truth, not the majority. And it is very unlikely that governments will have this waking up.
What are the positive changes that we might see arise after this global crisis?
This pandemic has brought out the true human spirit in many areas and in many people. Even in some politicians and powerful people in the world. This human spirit is appearing as generosity, as caring for others, as resilience and courage, even self-sacrifice for the safety and health of others. These qualities might remain after the pandemic is over in some of the people who have experienced and lived them, for they can recognize they can be this way, and feel good about it. Some might awaken to the truth that what makes us truly human is our spiritual nature, with its inherent goodness, which appears as heart and love.
From the official Diamond Approach website:
"Diamond Approach Online (DAO) offers live events, interactive programs, online courses within or related to the teachings of the Diamond Approach. Our mission is to offer universal support for personal unfoldment for all who are interested in the Diamond Approach.
DAO online courses are taught by experienced Diamond Approach teachers authorized by the Ridhwan Foundation, including founders A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and Karen Johnson, and are part of the Ridhwan Academy.
Courses are usually four to twelve weeks and are either broadcast live or through high-quality video recordings. Each course is supported by interactive exercises and online discussions with participants from around the world. They include live question-and-answer segments so participants have the opportunity to interact directly with the teachers of each course. Multiple learning approaches engage participants so that the learning is more likely to be deep and lasting."
John Harper's comprehensive website is offering all kinds of information around the Diamond Approach, including a glossary of the school's most important topics:
In this six-week, online course we will explore the contemporary spiritual path of the Diamond Approach. During the course we will see how our immediate experience—no matter what it is—can be either a barrier or a doorway to the depth of who and what we are. Through meditation practice, sensing practice, and the practice of inquiry, we will explore the conditioning and beliefs that cause us to lose connection with our underlying energy and vitality, as well as our awareness of our connection with all of reality.
Free Online Summit
Beginning Dec. 8:
In-depth workshops with 7 Diamond Approach teachers, all free to watch live.
Almaas addresses the present world situation from the perspective of how spiritual goodness appears within discord. He discusses how nondual perfection is relevant to discord and our present difficulties, as well as how spiritual selfless goodness relates to this reality. This presentation is from a recent teaching Almaas gave at an all-school retreat in the Netherlands, June 2017
"We are not journeying on land but taking a journey within, and that ‘within’ is as big as the universe.”—A.H. Almaas
For the past 35 years, A.H. Almaas and his colleagues at the Ridhwan School have taught a specific form of spiritual practice they call Inquiry—a deep exploration of our moment-to-moment experience and the patterns that impede “the free unfoldment of the soul.”
The core practice of the renowned Diamond Approach, Inquiry uses whatever is happening right now as the entry point to unlimited discovery of our deeper nature.
Now for the first time, this innovative tool will be shared online in an interactive 12-week program open to anyone interested in the Diamond Approach. It is taught by Diamond Approach founder A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), cofounder Karen Johnson, and master teachers Jessica Britt and Sandra Maitri.
This unique course includes:
(Excerpted from a teaching by Jessica Britt)
At any given moment, a person on the spiritual journey can be faced with a strong inner question of what is right action in terms of my spiritual life in relationship to my personal life, my creative life, my social life and, for some, my political life. It is a deeply personal question: Where does my inner work meet my outer life on the planet Earth? These kinds of inner questions can leave a person feeling torn or guilty, no matter what direction one is drawn to, leaving one in a limbo of inaction at any level. Sometimes certain planetary disasters, or political events bring these kinds of questions forward—whether a weather event, a war or a strongly polarized election cycle. Am I doing enough?
What is a human being? What does it mean to be human?
A 3-day workshop with Bob Ball & Jeanine Mamary
How can one become more fully human? Questions such as these are important to consider deeply, not only for ourselves as each of us lives our own uniquely personal human life, but also for the evolution of humanity as a whole.
Embracing our humanness means including our limitations and shortcomings as well as our endless, unfathomable human potential. Using the perspectives and teaching of the Diamond Approach, this exploration is relevant for those familiar with the approach and other spiritual traditions, as well as those with no prior spiritual practice or path. This workshop includes meditations, teachings and practical exercises.
See more at: https://www.conscious2.com/on-being-human/
Being with the World As It Is: Hameed on Understanding Violence
It is so challenging to read about the outbreaks of violence around the world these days. The inhumanity and sadness of these events can make many of us feel overwhelmed. In an attempt to understand how the Diamond Approach can help us hold what seems so senseless, Hameed and Emerald Mountain student Jorge Arango sat down to talk about the June 12th shootings at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people and wounded 53.
An Online Program on the View of Totality in the Diamond Approach, starting March 28, 2016
Advanced Teachings on Consciousness, Spiritual Awakening, and the Ever-Changing Nature of the Universe—and You
We often think of enlightenment as the ultimate destination on the spiritual journey—a final endpoint for delusion and suffering where it all makes perfect sense.
But as A.H. Almaas teaches, “the moment we see that the journey has no end, everything changes.”
With Endless Enlightenment, you are invited to join the renowned author and creator of the Diamond Approach for his first online course on what he considers one of the most advanced aspects of his teaching: the view of totality.
Over the course of eight weeks—including two live sessions with A.H. Almaas—you will join this visionary guide as he shares a nonhierarchical perspective that he believes can expand exponentially our ability to appreciate the value of each and every spiritual path and practice.
All details here: endless-enlightenment
Listen to an interview of Tami Simon (Sounds True) with A.H. Almaas: The Rise of Inclusive Spirituality
"Letting go of the guidance system of our youth.": https://youtu.be/-jxpG2wZp9E
with Hameed Ali (A H Almaas) and Karen Johnson on Sunday 4th October 2015:
In the internet age we are bombarded with enormous amounts of information. It has the effect of keeping us updated with events that are happening to our human brothers and sisters around the
world, and at the same time becoming less contactful with ourselves and those closest to us.
Since the dominance of technology will only accelerate, how can we learn to use it in ways that support our deeper realization, rather than inhibit it?
For example, does being connected digitally through texts, e-mails, and social media all have to do with something in your thinking mind, or can something deeper be involved? Is your heart connected? Is your consciousness in its totality impacted and responding? How can you bring more of your being into the virtual world?
In this 3-hour FREE live stream, Founders of the Diamond Approach, A H Almaas and Karen Johnson, will be exploring these important questions, and ultimately rather than seeing technology as something to tolerate, to understand it as a reflection of the unity of presence, and a powerful vehicle to support our individual and collective awakening.
See the free course here
Ein Bericht vom Quasar-Seminar im Mai 2015 in Berlin von Saleem Matthias Riek mit einer interessanten Fragestellung:
Weisheit vom Podium verkündet - Ist das belehrend? Ist es inspirierend? Ist es ein »offener Raum«? Saleem hat an einem Seminar mit Almaas teilgenommen, in dem Frontalunterricht mit Kleingruppenarbeit abwechselte, und stellt sich dabei erneut die uralte Frage, wie spirituelle Weisheit am besten vermittelt werden kann...
From Oct. 24th, 2014: Living Realization a Conversation with Adyashanti and A.H. Almaas
Many people have experienced some form of realization, such as dissolution of or dis-identification with body or ego and are beginning to recognize themselves as awareness. However, a fully embodied, lived, and expressed realization is another step altogether, and many seekers experience difficulties bridging this gap. What does it take for our understanding to fully penetrate body and mind and to be lived as a permanent reality wholly expressed in the world? How do our ideas of what it means to live life from one's deepest realization get in the way of actually living it? Which difficulties do we encounter, which delusions and misunderstood ideas, and how do they limit realization itself? Are there useful descriptions of stages to realization, or do they actually hinder the spontaneous unfolding of presence?
Science and Nonduality (SAND) provides a forum where preeminent scientists, philosophers, teachers, artists and a large, international community gather to explore and advance the new paradigm emerging in spirituality, that is both grounded in cutting-edge science and consistent with the ancient wisdom of nonduality — the deep understanding of the interconnectedness of life.
- See more at: www.scienceandnonduality.com/living-realization-a-conversation-with-adyashanti-and-a-h-almaas/
All about the interview: batgap.com/karen-johnson
"In this interview, we discussed how the Diamond Approach is evolving, what differentiates it from other traditions, and the most recent developments of the past 15 years, about which Karen and Hameed have only recently begun to teach, speak and write."
See the complete interview here.
This conversation was recorded at the Science and Nonduality 2013 conference in San Jose, California.
Exploring the Nature of Consciousness and Perception - Conversation with Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) and Rupert Spira -moderated by Zaya Benazzo
See the complete conversation here.
More interviews on Conscious TV
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Two Visionary Teachers Invite Us to Explore the Path to Spiritual Awakening
Spiritual realization expresses itself differently through different teachers. With Realization Unfolds, two of our generation’s most pioneering and influential spiritual teachers present a six-session on-demand online course that explores their respective perspectives on spiritual awakening and what it means to live an awakened life.
The first three sessions of the course are drawn from our live recording with A.H. Almaas and Adyashanti in San Rafael, California, on October 23, 2010. The next three sessions were recorded live in late March and early April 2011.
As you watch the video of the dialogue, we invite you to reflect deeply on what is being discussed and its relevance in your own life. After each video presentation, you will be offered a series of questions and contemplations. If you wish, you may write out responses to these in the online journal provided.
For the duration of Realization Unfolds, Adyashanti will be referred to “Adya” and A.H. Almaas will be referred to as “Hameed,” the names most commonly used by their friends and students.
More information about the download and a preview: Hameed & Adhyashanti
The first retreat ever released to the public by A. H. Almaas
Wisdom of Life and Death is a DVD presentation of a 10-day retreat given by A.H. Almaas, originator of the Diamond Approach®. This is the first retreat he has released to the public. The proceeds from sales go to the End of Life group in support of the Ridhwan School.
These 18 lectures, which include exercises as well as comments and questions by attendees, address progressively deeper spiritual, psychological and physical aspects of the death of the ego, as well as of the body. The subject is presented within the context of the Diamond Approach, a spiritual map developed by A. H. Almaas that draws on contemporary depth psychology. Presented in 1999, Wisdom of Life & Death provides an in-depth understanding of life, so we can cherish every moment of it.
1. Transcendence and Embodiment - 2. Hierarchy of Values - 3. Death of the Ego Self - 4. Cherishing the Moment -
5. Qualities of Maturity and Integrity - 6. Pain and Suffering - 7. Kindness, Love and Generosity - 8. Acknowledging Our Mortality - 9. Relation to Death and Dying - 10. Contemplation of Death - 11. The Unknown and Loss of Control in Death - 12. Death Space - 13. Annihilation Space - 14. Loss of the Particulars of Our Personal Life - 15. The Absolute as the Death Side of Reality - 16. The Deathlessness of True Nature - 17. The Soul After Death - 18. Life of Logos, Death of Absolute