Almaas and other teachers on the internet

Wie verhält sich die Arbeit der Schule zu dem, was in der Welt geschieht?

(Auszug aus einem Vortrag von Hameed Ali, auch bekannt als A. H. Almaas, vor Studenten der Ridhwan-Schule während des europäischen Sommerretreats am 8. Juni 2022. Das Thema des Retreats ist „Zeit“.)


Einige von euch fragen sich vielleicht, was zum Teufel wir eigentlich hier tun?  Wir sprechen über Zeit, Zeitlosigkeit; und ja, all das könnten tiefe, subtile Bewusstseinszustände sein, Zustände der Erkenntnis – während die Welt ein Chaos ist. Vergessen wir dabei die Welt? Was geschieht in der Welt? Wie verhält sich das, was wir in der Schule tun, wie verhält sich unsere Arbeit als Ganzes zu dem, was jeden Tag in der Welt geschieht?

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Human Potential Is Infinite

Walking the Diamond Path

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.




Interview with Hameed Ali about the post-pandemic life to come (Aug. 2020)

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.


Read full interview here..

Statement from Hameed Ali About Our Current Turbulent Times (June 4, 2020)

Online Courses

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."

Course Catalog

What are you seeking?

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:

The Diamond Approach Summit 2017

Free Online Summit


Beginning Dec. 8:

In-depth workshops with 7 Diamond Approach teachers, all free to watch live.


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Online Course: Inquiry - the Vehicle of endless Enlightenment

"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:

  • 9 video learning sessions with A.H. Almaas, Diamond Approach co-founder Karen Johnson, and master teachers Jessica Britt and Sandra Maitri, which provide an in-depth training into the core practice of the Diamond Approach
  • 3 online Inquiry Group sessions facilitated by an ordained Diamond Approach teacher, allowing you to practice in a supportive setting
  • 4 live Q&A sessions, one with each of the course master teachers
  • Membership in a private Facebook group where you can connect with other students to share insights and form practice partnerships or triads
  • Written course materials including session summaries and highlights, weekly exercises for solo, partner, or triad practice, questions for reflection, and more
  • The cost of the course is $297.

Watch a free video invitation of Hameed here.

Karen Johnson - "Learning how to be alone without your device..."

Spiritual Politics? Am I doing enough?

(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?


On Being Human

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.

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Hameed on Understanding Violence

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.


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A.H. Almaas Invites You to Experience: Endless Enlightenment

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

Tejo Jourdan

"Letting go of the guidance system of our youth.":

Technology and awakening - Free online live workshop

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

Wie vermittelt man Spiritualität?

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...

A conversation with Adyashanti and A.H. Almaas at SAND Conference

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.
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Karen Johnson - Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

All about the interview:

"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.

Conversation with Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) and Rupert Spira

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.

Interviews on Conscious TV with A.H. Almaas & Karen Johnson

  • A. H. Almaas in an interview with Ian McNay on Conscious TV (May 2013):
    "Endless Enlightenment"
  • Karen Johnson in an interview with Ian McNay on Conscious TV (May 2013):
    "The Aliveness of Presence"
  • A.H. Almaas and Karen Johnson ‘Two Hearts Beat As One’ interview by Renate and Iain McNay (June 2013)
    They talk about their relationship going back over 30 years and how it has matured and deepened over that time.

More interviews on Conscious TV

Realization Unfolds: A Conversation Between A. H. Almaas and Adyashanti

for download at Sounds True:

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.


  •     Is psychological self-knowledge necessary for spiritual realization?
  •     What about human uniqueness and individual personhood after awakening?
  •     What is the role of the spiritual teacher and transmission in the awakening process?
  •     The Diamond Approach—a way to investigate reality and work on oneself that leads to maturity and liberation.

More information about the download and a preview: Hameed & Adhyashanti

Wisdom of Life and Death

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