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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, the creator of the Diamond Approach to Self Realization. The Diamond Approach is a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of awareness of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychological theories.

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Almaas has authored several 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 goal (orientation) of the school is directed toward helping students to become aware of and embodying their "essence" or essential nature.

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Quasar 2014

Quasar 2014 Retreat: Tantra of Everyday Life

May 21 - 25, 2014 ♦ Wailea-Makena, Hawaii ♦ View the Facebook Event

A rare opportunity to experience the founders of the Diamond Approach®, Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) and Karen Johnson, who together discovered and developed the path of inner realization, known as the Diamond Approach which is a contemporary original spiritual understanding and path, expressing timeless wisdom on self-realization using the insights of our time.


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The Power of Divine Eros

Yoga Methodology and Psychological Understanding (CEs)

Friday, April 18, 2014 7pm - 9pm at the 2014 Yoga & Psyche Conference, CIIS, San Francisco

Each kind of yoga, and the tantras that sprung from them, has its own ancient psychology. There are many similarities of the nature of mind and mental functioning in all of them since they emerged within similar cultural contexts. In our times, we have our psychologies and they are different from the ancient Eastern ones, and based more on either psychodynamics and/or neuroscience. The difference allows us to penetrate the veils of ignorance using direct understanding of our ordinary experience. Direct and immediate understanding, that utilizes our modern psychological knowledge, becomes a new and powerful methodology of engaging the inner quest, and arriving at liberation, without having to go through the rigorous training of body and mind that ancient yogas and tantras require. It does not mean it will be easier, for it deals with the difficulties in a different way, but a way readily meaningful to our contemporary consciousness and practical for living a daily life. We can understand ourselves, which includes sensitizing our bodies, into enlightenment, in the process working out our psychological patterns that are ordinarily not addressed in any direct way by the old methods of yoga.
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Featured Book

The Power of Divine Eros

The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life

What do desire and passion have to do with the spiritual life? They are an essential component of it, according to A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson. Most spiritual teachings take the position that desire, wanting, and passion are opposed to the spiritual path. The concern is that engaging in desire will take you more into the world, into the mundane, into the physical, and into egoic life. And for most people, that is exactly what happens. We naturally tend to experience wanting in a self-centered way. The Power of Passion explores how to be passionate and to feel a strong wanting without that desire being in conflict with selfless love. It also shows how relationships with others are an important part of the human journey--an opportunity to express oneself authentically and be present with someone else. Through understanding the energy of eros, each of us can learn to be fully real and alive in all our interactions.

Featured Video

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.

The 2 Functions of Meditation

From the 2013 Summer Retreat

A. H. Almaas speaks about the two functions of meditation in the Diamond Approach.

Perception and Reality

Science and Nonduality Conference 2013

In this interview, A. H. Almaas talks about his life, his experiences, and how he feels 'Enlightenment' is never ending.

Endless Enlightenment

Conscious TV Interview of A.H. Almaas by Ian McNay

In this interview, A. H. Almaas talks about his life, his experiences, and how he feels 'Enlightenment' is never ending.

The Aliveness of Presence

Conscious TV Interview of Karen Johnson by Ian McNay

Karen is a co-founder of The Ridhwan School/Diamond Approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali). She talks about her life, her meeting with Almaas and how their friendship lead to the creation and the on-going development of the school. She also shares her own remarkable expression of presence in its many manifestations.

Two Hearts Beat As One

Conscious TV Interview of A.H. Almaas & Karen Johnson by Ian McNay

Karen Johnson is a co-founder of the school and is involved with A. H. Almaas in it's ongoing development. They talk about their relationship going back over 30 years and how it has matured and deepened over that time.