Wisdom of Life and Death

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What Enlightenment Reveals About the Relationship Between Life and Death

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.

“The soul contends with the notion of death and the fear of death, and learns, with persistent inquiry, that her true nature transcends both life and death, for it is the pure consciousness that forms the eternal ground of all phenomena.”

What You’ll Receive When You Enroll...​

Wisdom of Life & Death Lectures with A.H. Almaas

  1. Transcendence and Embodiment
  2. Hierarchy of Values
  3. Death of the Ego Self
  4. Cherishing the Moment
  5. Qualities of Maturity and Integrity
  6. Pain and Suffering
  7. Kindness, Love and Generosity
  8. Acknowledging Our Mortality
  9. Relation to Death and Dying
  1. Contemplation of Death
  2. Death Space
  3. Mystery of Death
  4. Annihilation Space
  5. Loss of Personal Life
  6. Death Side of Reality
  7. Deathlessness of True Nature
  8. Soul after Death
  9. Life of Logos, Death of Absolute

Understanding of the Bardos: Diamond Approach with Karen Johnson

  1. Bardos Teaching #1
  1. Bardos Teaching #2

Meet Your Teachers

A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali)

A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali)

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

Karen Johnson

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.


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 Diamond Inquiry™: non-judgment of what we’re experiencing, which brings crisp clarity into one’s own truth.

What’s included in the program?

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.

Are the sessions live or pre-recorded?

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.

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 program. Please be sure to check your spam folder if you can’t find the email and add us to your ‘safe sender’ list.

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.

What if I already purchased this course through the old website?

If you previously purchased this course through the old Wisdom of Life and Death website and need access through Diamond Approach Online, simply email us at daosupport@ridhwan.org with proof of purchase and we will add the course to your DAO account.

Is there a refund policy?

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

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!

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Standard Tuition
Standard tuition for the course is $250.

Reduced Tuition
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.

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