Lightness of Being

Boldness to Be:
The Red Latifa

April 24 & 25, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pacific

Living Courageously in the World

How many of us felt small and insignificant as children when we were told, “Don’t get too big for your britches” or “Who do you think you are?” Conversely, how pleasantly surprised were you when you responded to a situation with strength and confidence and marveled, “I can’t believe I just said that!”

This last reaction is the essence of the red latifa shining through, a quality needed on the inward journey in order to challenge our assumptions and patterns around being big, vibrant, and alive. It stokes our interest and our vigorous engagement with the world, making us feel courageous and daring, and helping us come truly and resplendently into our own.

Other blocks to inhabiting our “bigness” can arise as we explore the red latifa: Feeling small and helpless in the face of the overwhelming scale of the world’s difficulties. Having judgements around our aggression (i.e. it makes others uncomfortable or it’s an expression of hatred and, therefore, bad). Even ideas we have about enlightenment, such as the belief that the goal is to transcend our everyday existence, can obscure the force of the red latifa.

In the Diamond Approach, we expect nothing and welcome everything. So, when we get fired up about something, we ask: What would happen if we didn’t push that feeling away or become attached to it? What if we didn’t judge ourselves for our fieriness? What might be revealed not only about us, but about the might, vigor, and vitality of all reality?

“What if everything happening outside, what if the scale and the might and the vibrancy that you see outside you…is also possible inside you? What if you can meet the world in a way that's bold and daring? What if you don't have to shrink? What if you can get big in the face of something big? What would that be like?”

- Zarina Maiwandi, Diamond Approach Teacher

In “Boldness to Be” We Aim to Understand How...

Turning inward and inquiring into where we are in this moment can reconnect us with the fiery initiating force of our natural boldness and strength

This quality is necessary to engage with liveliness and interest in the inner journey

The purity of our boldness and strength can help us channel our anger and aggression in healthy and effective ways

This force helps us dismantle old assumptions about our bigness that come from our personal histories, our conditioning, our society, and other sources

We can meet the world’s difficulties in a bold and daring way

What You’ll Receive When You Enroll...

An invitation to the live two-day online workshop where you’ll participate in teachings, guided meditations, and interactive exercises, all with a supportive spiritual community

Live Q&A sessions to ask all of your questions and learn from the teachers and others in the program

Access to a recording of the workshop if you are unable to attend live

Meet Your Teacher

Zarina Maiwandi, Diamond Approach Teacher

Zarina Maiwandi

Zarina Maiwandi has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1999 and a teacher since 2015, working with groups in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Trained as an academic studying Western philosophy and literature, she edits books, including several written by A. H. Almaas.

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This course is the third part of the 6-part online teaching series Lightness of Being. Each course in this series may be purchased individually, or you can register for the full series for a combined discount.

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February 6 & 7

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April 24 & 25

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May 29 & 30

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July 10 & 11

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August 14 & 15

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FAQ

What is the Ridhwan School?

“Ridhwan” is a Sufi word. It means “satisfied and satisfying.” Our school, home to more than 4,000 students across the globe, has the potential to both help you to be fulfilled and to help others be fulfilled. Students learn to ground, sensitize, recognize, and trust the inherent guidance of Being.

What is the Diamond Approach?

The Diamond Approach is the core teaching of the Ridhwan School, a spiritual path that approaches our ordinary experiences, emotions, and sensations in a friendly way of understanding. This radical acceptance of our situation allows something to come through that puts us in touch with our spirituality.

In the Diamond Approach, everything we experience is utilized as a doorway to our spiritual nature. Rather than negating or seeking to transcend parts of our humanness that are considered barriers to realization, we learn to approach each aspect of our physical, emotional, and mental experience with acceptance and open curiosity to discover its truth. We do meditation and other exercises, but the main method is inquiry: non-judgment of what we’re experiencing, which brings crisp clarity into one’s own truth.

What’s included in the program?

Admission to this live online workshop where you’ll hear talks from Zarina, participate in guided meditations and experiential exercises with the course community, and learn from other participants in the Q&A portions.

Are the sessions live or pre-recorded?

This is a live online workshop. You will receive access to a recording of the workshop if you are unable to attend live. 

Will you be mailing anything to me or is everything digital?

Once payment is received you will receive an email with your login details, then you are officially in! You will receive everything in your email inbox, including instructions on how to access the course. Please check your spam folder to locate the email that starts with ‘[LOB 2021].’

Do you offer financial assistance such as scholarships for online courses?

Yes! To apply for financial assistance for any of our courses, click here to complete a scholarship application. Scholarship applications for this program need to be received by Monday, April 19, 2021, and scholarship awards will be sent via email by Friday, April 23, 2021.

What if I have questions?

We’re here to support you on your journey and help with any questions you may have about enrolling and accessing the course. For support please email daosupport@ridhwan.org. Be sure to add this address to your contact list so we don’t end up in your Junk/Spam/Promotions folder. But please check there just in case!

Is there a refund policy?

Yes. If you are dissatisfied with the course —for any reason—simply contact us within 30 days of course start.

Are You Ready to Experience
The “Boldness to Be”?

To make online spiritual support more accessible to our global community, especially during the pandemic, we offer two additional “Pay It Forward” payment options in addition to the regular fee. For those who need help, we offer a reduced tuition option, and for those who are able to help, we offer the chance to add a “Pay It Forward” donation to regular tuition, with those donations going directly to provide scholarship opportunities for others.

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