Teachings of A. H. Almaas

Meditation, Book Study & Enquiry Class


“I myself can recommend the Diamond Approach as probably the most balanced of the widely available spiritual psychologies…” –Ken Wilber, the most influential integral thinker in the world today

“I have had a life-changing experience working with Hameed Ali and the Diamond Approach for the past 26 years. The Diamond Approach is among the most integrated and visionary teachings of body, heart, and spirit that I know.” –Jack Kornfield, one of the leading Buddhist teachers in America

“…as a student of the Diamond Approach, I learned a version of inquiry – a philisophical/scientific/psychological/spiritual process that has been around in various forms for thousands of years….[It’s] a direct and experiential revelation process. It’s fueled by love. And wanting to know who you are when you’re not run by your past. It’s like taking a dive into the secret of existence itself…when you evoke curiosity and openness with a lack of judgement, you align yourself with beauty and delight and love – for their own sake. You become the benevolence of God in action.” –Geneen Roth, from Women Food and God

As a student of the writings and the school for over seven years, I have seen profound changes in my own life and the lives of my students that can be directly attributed to these teachings.

Geneen Roth, Jack Kornfield, and many other high profile authors and leaders are students of the Diamond Approach® but you rarely hear about this work in the mainstream. My intention is to provide an introduction to these transformative teachings as I understand them (I am not an ordained Diamond Approach teacher) to support the evolution and compassionate presence of our greater Long Beach community.

[For those interested in becoming official students of the Diamond Approach®, I highly recommend the newly forming group in Los Angeles with long time teachers Sandra Maitri and Eugene Cash. I’ve personally worked with both – they are amazing. You can also take courses with founders A. H. Almaas (pen name for Hameed Ali) and Karen Johnson through the school’s Quasar programs.]

The community course in Long Beach this summer/fall is 14 weeks long. Everyone with a sincere interest in conscious embodiment, the inner journey home, and the realization and actualization of their true nature is welcome. Students may register for the whole 14-week course or “drop-in” as desired.

Each week we begin with a simple but extremely powerful meditation for developing presence. Then we read together from Diamond Heart Book 3: Being and the Meaning of Life by A. H. Almaas and do an enquiry practice so everyone can have a direct experience of the teaching. You may bring your own book, buy one at the meeting for $20, or use one of our guest copies. At various times throughout the course we’ll provide an introduction to the Theory of Holes for those who are new to the work.

Summer/Fall Course Schedule – Wednesdays 7-9:30pm

Week 1 – 8/8/12 – DH Book 3: Intro & Ch 1: Flame of the Search

Week 2 – 8/15/12 – Ch 2: Are You Here?

Week 3 – 8/22/12 – Ch 3: Who Am I?

Week 4 – 8/29/12 – Ch 4: The Chasm

Week 5 – 9/5/12 – Ch 6: Disidentification & Involvement

Week 6 – 9/12/12 – Ch 7: Non-Waiting

Week 7 – 9/19/12 – Ch 8: Supporting Self-Realization

Week 8 – 9/26/12 – Ch 9: The Dilemma of Boundaries

Week 9 – 10/3/12 – Ch 10: Knowledge & the Good

Week 10 – 10/10/12 – Ch 11: Being & Understanding

Week 11 – 10/17/12 – Ch 12: Reacting, Being & Doing

Skip – 10/26/12 – No Class – Rebecca at Diamond Heart!

Week 12 – 10/31/12 – Ch 13: Humanness, Vulnerability & Being

We’ll start a new course/book in November 2012

I am faciliating this group at half of my usual teaching rate as a service to our community. A portion of the $25 recommended weekly donation goes to Windhorse to cover room costs, tea, and water. The balance goes to the editor of my soon to be released book, Taking Your True Shape. The full amount of your donation helps to deliver psycho-spiritual development to those who are seeking it. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Those who register for the remaining 7 weeks in advance receive a 20% discount and a free book. NOTE: Even if you can’t make all of the classes it’s still a better deal.

Click here to Register Now for the remaining 7 weeks for $140

Save $55, including the Free Book

All classes are held at The Windhorse at 3145 E Broadway (at Obispo), Long Beach CA 90803. Entrance to the classroom is in the back of the building, under the beige awning facing Corto Place. Parking is on the street; we recommend arriving early.

For more information you can contact me (Dr. Rebecca Ocean) at 562.595.2885 or thrive at o-c-e-a-n dot com.

“The soul informed by ego is asleep. This is why enlightenment is called awakening – your soul wakes up to what is really here.” –A. H. Almaas