Course Syllabus

Course Overview

This self-paced digital course explores the foundational practices of the Diamond Approach: Meditation; Sensing, Looking, and Listening; and Inquiry.

In this course, we will explore the place and purpose of the foundational practices in our continuing unfoldment. We will renew our personal relationship to these modalities and clear up misunderstandings, inner obstacles, and difficulties. With this increased understanding, we will be able to skillfully deepen into the practices, making them implicit in our lives in ways that supports the totality of our transformation.

Course Modules

Module 1 – Meditation

  • The fundamentals of meditation
  • The what, how, and why of the kath mediation
  • Step-by-step guided meditation practice
  • Inquiry into your relationship with meditation
  • Overview of other Diamond Approach meditation practices

Module 2 – Sensing, Looking, and Listening (SLL)

  • The fundamentals of sensing, looking, and listening
  • How this practice can change your daily life
  • Guided sensing practice
  • Inquiry into our relationship to this practice
  • The relationship between SSL and Life Practice

Module 3 – Inquiry

  • Inquiry, the central practice of the Diamond Approach
  • The three centers–what each contributes
  • How inquiry develops over time
  • How to inquire alone, with others, through writing
  • Opportunity to inquire

Module 4 – The Whole is Greater than the Parts: Three as One

  • The place each practice contributes
  • The relationship of the practices to each other
  • Inquiry into the place each has in your life and what is weak
  • Renewing dedication to each, and ways to support your weakest link(s)

Live Q&A Session with Sandra Maitri

The live Q&A Session took place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time.


If you have any questions, requests, or comments about this course, please send an email our support team.


Sandra Maitri has been a teacher of the Diamond Approach for 27 years. She leads groups in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the United Kingdom, and has a private practice in Marin County, California. In the early seventies, she was a student of Claudio Naranjo, MD, in his original Seekers After Truth group along with Hameed and Marie Ali. She has also studied with various Eastern and Western spiritual and psychological teachers, focusing especially on Insight and Tibetan Buddhist meditation.  She is the author of The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul and The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues: Finding the Way Home. In her spare time, she paints and writes.

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