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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 seventeen 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 Book

Runaway Realization

Living a Life of Ceaseless Discovery

For the first time in print, well-known spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas presents the highest level and most profound teachings of the Diamond Approach on the true nature of reality and the path to enlightenment.

"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."

Featured Video

Consciousness, Its Nature & Role in Experience

2015 Science and Non Duality 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 Non Duality 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 Non Duality 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 Non Duality 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 Non Duality 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.