Wisdom of Life and Death is a recorded presentation of a 10-day retreat given by A.H. Almaas, originator of the Diamond Approach. This was the first retreat he released to the public and 80% of the proceeds from sales go to the End-of-Life service group in support of the Ridhwan School.
These 18 lectures, which include exercises as well as comments and questions by attendees, address progressively deeper spiritual, psychological, and physical aspects of the death of the ego, as well as of the body. The subject is presented within the context of the Diamond Approach, a spiritual map developed by A. H. Almaas that draws on both contemporary depth psychology and ancient spiritual wisdom. Presented in 1999, Wisdom of Life & Death provides an in-depth understanding of life, so we can cherish every moment of it.
This program also includes two segments on Understanding of the Bardos: Diamond Approach with Karen Johnson. Each segment includes a lecture, personal inquiry, guided practice, and question & comment periods to explore what the teachers have experienced in tracking others beyond the edge of life. These teachings were originally offered to students of the Ridhwan School and their friends in June 2008.
A.H. Almaas (pen name for Hameed Ali) is the founder of the Diamond Approach, a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychology theories. He has authored eighteen books about spiritual realization, including the Diamond Heart series, The Pearl Beyond Price, The Void, and The Alchemy of Freedom. He is the founder of the Ridhwan School for Spiritual Development, an inner work school devoted to the realization of True Nature. The orientation of the school is directed toward guiding students to realize their true nature to the fullest realization and further still, to endless enlightenment.
Karen Johnson is the co-developer of the Diamond Approach as it is taught in the Ridhwan School today, having worked alongside Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) for the last 40 years. Karen was trained in art and dance and began the journey into the spiritual universe at 14 years old with the guidance of her parents. First, she was introduced to yoga and meditation and then learned about other forms of spiritual practice, which allowed her to develop her innate paranormal capacities. After attending California College of Arts and Crafts, she befriended Hameed Ali, and with him began a new trajectory into the secrets of the universe of Being, which became the Diamond Approach. Karen also received an MA in psychology at JFK University in 1990 and is the author of two books, The Jeweled Path: The Biography of the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization and The Power of Divine Eros: The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life. She continues to venture into new explorations of the endless realms of our miraculous Nature.
“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.
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 Diamond Inquiry™: non-judgment of what we’re experiencing, which brings crisp clarity into one’s own truth.
When you register for the program, you’ll receive access to all 18 pre-recorded sessions in the Wisdom of Life and Death program as well as recordings of the two Bardos teachings including experiential exercises, meditations, and question and comment sessions to learn from those who attended live.
All sessions are pre-recorded and you will have the option to stream the videos directly on our site or download audio files to listen anywhere, anytime.
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Standard tuition for the course is $250.
In order to make online spiritual support more accessible to our global community, we also offer a reduced tuition option of $175 for anyone who needs it.
“Pay It Forward” Tuition
For those who are able to help, you can “Pay It Forward” by selecting the $325 tuition option and those additional funds go directly to provide scholarship opportunities for others.
80% of all proceeds go to the End-of-Life service group dedicated to supporting all members of the Ridhwan community who are facing death or a severe health crisis.