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A. H. Almaas

Creator of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization,
Founder of the Ridhwan School for Spiritual Development

A. H. Almaas is the pen name of A. Hameed Ali, creator of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization. The Diamond Approach is a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychology theories.

Hameed Ali

Almaas has authored eighteen books about spiritual realization, including the Diamond Heart series, The Pearl Beyond Price, The Void, The Unfolding Now, and The Point of Existence.

He founded the Ridhwan School, an inner work school devoted to the realization of True Nature. The orientation of the school is directed toward helping students become aware of and embody their “essence” or essential nature.

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Featured Interview

A.H. Almaas: The Freedom to Be Nobody

Monday, August 8, 2016

A.H. Almaas - the pen name of A. Hameed Ali - is an author, teacher, and the creator of the path of spiritual inquiry known as the Diamond Approach. Speaking on Almaas, Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute shares, "In editing [Almaas'] talks, on more than one occasion I pushed the pause button and sat in stunned silence, trying to wrap my head around what I just heard." In this audio segment excerpted from Endless Enlightenment: The View of Totality in the Diamond Approach, Almaas considers the many identities we take on as spiritual seekers - and how one will eventually come to a point of exploration where all personal identification falls away. In this realization of "no-thing and no-body," Almaas finds a place of joyous liberation..

Listen to the interview (Please note Hameed’s teaching starts at 2:25)


Featured Book

The Alchemy of Freedom

The Alchemy of Freedom

The Philosophers' Stone and the Secrets of Existence

For millennia alchemists sought the philosophers’ stone, the miracle substance believed to be the key to all the secrets of existence. The quest was fueled by some of the prime questions of human existence: What am I? Why am I here? How has this world come to be?

A. H. Almaas shows that the tremendous liberating power of the mysterious philosophers’ stone is closer to us than we realize. In fact, it is the true nature of all reality—in all times and all places, without being limited to being anything in particular. Through the philosophers’ stone, real transformation can happen, our consciousness can become free, and we can open to all the possibilities of reality.

Almaas discusses the factors that are involved in igniting the catalytic property of the philosophers’ stone and then begins to unpack the properties of true nature when it is free of constraints. Finally, we are left with the revelation that true nature is endlessly knowable, and yet nothing we can know or say about it exhausts its mystery and power. The result is a new understanding of what liberation and practice are—and a view of what it’s like when seeking ceases and life becomes a process of continual discovery. We begin to appreciate that the freedom of reality expressed in the complete and fulfilled life all human beings seek—and few find—is actually the simplicity of the ordinary.

Featured Videos

Alchemy of Freedom Spirit Rock Book Talk 2017

A. H. Almaas at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on June 18, 2017

Ridhwan Foundation in collaboration with Spirit Rock presents a book talk with A. H. Almaas.

Conversation: Emptiness, The Edge of the Unknown

A. H. Almaas and Robert Thurman at the 2016 Science and Nonduality Conference

In this illuminating conversation, Hameed Ali Almaas and Robert Thurman will discuss the subject of being and nonbeing, emptiness and presence and how this is a foray into the unknown depths of being. What is meant by emptiness? What is its direct experience? Is there is only one emptiness or different kinds or degrees? And how does this combine with being or presence in manifestation? Learn whether there are differences between the Buddhist perspective and The Diamond Approach.

Living at the Edge of the Unknown

A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson at the 2016 Science and Nonduality Conference

We are always living at the edge of the unknown, whether in ordinary experience, scientific knowledge or spiritual realization. In the realized condition, there is certainty that we know, but we also know that there is a great deal more we do not know. It is clear that we live on an island of knowing in a sea of mystery. We are at ease living with the mystery of reality, for it gives us the opportunity to discover greater ways of living freedom. We will talk and dialogue on the skillful means of utilizing the edge of unknowing to delve into the mystery, revealing greater and deeper knowledge. Our realization deepens and expands, without having to reach an end, for the edge of the unknown is the ever-lasting call for greater realization.

Nondual Perspective on Duality

What is the value and contribution of duality from the perspective of nondual realization?

Consciousness, Its Nature & Role in Experience

2015 Science and Nonduality Conference

For Nondual teachings, consciousness is everything and the nature of everything. For scientific theories, consciousness appears at some point in the physical world, and makes experience and science possible. Science has advanced various theories to understand consciousness and where it comes from. There is no consensus at this point. At the same time, most nondual teachings view the world that science studies as illusion, or illusion like. Scientists think our perception of it is like an illusion because it is the way our brains interpret input, but they do not agree that the world is illusion, or that their successful theories are illusion. I will explore both points of view and how there might be an interface between the two that can create a bridge between the insights of mystical experience and the findings of our science.

How Close is Science to Understanding Consciousness?

2015 Science and Nonduality Conference

Four different scientists with varying views of consciousness or mind. This panel will be a conversation between these different views to understand their contributions, and to see how they understand each other, and how they relate to other theories of consciousness. The point is to have a genuine deep dialogue between scientific theories of consciousness to find commonalities, and the meaning of the differences. We will explore whether scientific theories have a consensus about anything relating to consciousness, like an operating definition of consciousness. I will be facilitating with an eye from the nondual view of consciousness, to ask questions and address issues in the study of consciousness that can help in looking deeper into the assumptions and conclusions of each theory.

A. H. Almaas & Karen Johnson on Nondual Relationships

Buddha at The Gas Pump Interview by Rick Archer

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.

A. H. Almaas — 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Interview by Rick Archer

A. H. Almaas returns for a second interview with Rick Archer on the Buddha at The Gas Pump blog.

"Runaway Realization", an interview with A. H. Almaas

At the Science and Nonduality Conference

“The teaching in this book is off the map. It is outside of all previous articulations of the Diamond Approach. We are in uncharted territory. This new view, which I call the view of totality, reveals that the Diamond Approach cannot be mapped because reality itself cannot be captured in a map. Reality is not a monolithic, static truth that can be defined in a fixed way. It is actually way more alive and mysterious than that. We might feel chagrined by this if we believe that we have reached some final, eternal truth about reality; or we might feel delighted by the freedom of not having an end or a goal to reach. Regardless of how we feel about it, recognizing this indeterminacy of reality is crucial to living our realization and our freedom.”

Is Entanglement Fundamentally A Physical Or Spiritual Phenomena?

2014 Science and Nonduality Conference

In Quantum theory, entanglement is like action at a distance but faster than the speed of light. Latest observations suggest that a spacetime wormhole connects two entangled particles, thus accounting for their instantaneous communication. Is such entanglement or non-locality a property limited to what is known as entangled particles, or it possibly true for all particles? Some theories suggest it is true for all particles. What kind of spiritual perception or insight parallels, or may account for, such property of entanglement? Is nondual perception sufficient to account for entanglement? Or do we need to look at another characteristic of consciousness - the fundamental spiritual element - to find a realization that parallels the phenomena of entanglement, where there is no time or distance between objects or events? What is the experience of reality in such spiritual realization, and can it give us more insights about quantum entanglement? And what does such spiritual understanding inform us about the deeper properties of time and space? Does it help us understand spacetime wormholes spiritually, and can this then feed into our understanding of quantum entanglement?

Exploring the Nature and Dynamic of Experience: A. H. Almaas & Rupert Spira

2014 Science and Nonduality Conference

In this conversation A. H. Almaas and Rupert Spira explore the nature and dynamic of experience, and their two distinct approaches to that inquiry.

Living Realization: A. H. Almaas & Adyashanti

2014 Science and Nonduality Conference

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?

Runaway Realization Book Talk

November 2014

A. H. Almaas discusses Runaway Realization, the title of his 17th book. Runaway Realization is the first in a series of books in which Almaas will articulate what he refers to as the View of Tota$

Karen Johnson on Buddha at The Gas Pump

Interview by Rick Archer

Karen Johnson is interviewed by Rick Archer on the Buddha at The Gas Pump blog.

A. H. Almaas on Buddha at The Gas Pump

Interview by Rick Archer

A. H. Almaas is interviewed by Rick Archer on the Buddha at The Gas Pump blog.