JOHN V DAVIS HOME
--The Diamond Approach (book)
--Book Chapter One
--Review of INNER JOURNEY HOME
--Diamond Approach Vancouver group
--Diamond in the Rough wilderness retreat
--Diamond Approach and Nature
WILDERNESS RITES OF PASSAGE, VISION FAST, AND SCHOOL OF LOST BORDERS
ECOPSYCHOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
THE DIAMOND APPROACH(r)
Diamond Approach is both an understanding of our deepest human nature
and a path to realizing and developing our fullest potential. It
provides a precise method for inner work. This understanding
incorporates modern psychological insights and offers effective
practices for self-realization. Furthermore, it encourages us to live
our realizations in our everyday lives. Most of all, the Diamond
Approach is a path for living as real, fulfilled, free, and mature
The Diamond Approach
has been developed and described by Hameed Ali, better known by his
pen-name, A. H. Almaas, and it is taught through the Ridhwan School(r). Find descriptions of the Diamond Approach at these links.
- Go here for information on Almaas and his work. You will find links to his books, audio and video recordings, and a number of articles about the Diamond Approach.
- In particular, there are a number of interviews and articles about Almaas and the Diamond Approach in popular magazines on his website.
- I might recommend starting with the Diamond Approach description by Almaas himself.
- You can also read a review of a recent book by Almaas,
The Inner Journey Home: Soul's Realization of the Unity of Reality,
written by Tim Sullivan and myself for Common Ground, Vancouver, BC.
- My book on the Diamond Approach is an overview of its central concepts with sections by Almaas. You can read the Introduction, Chapter One, and Epilogue here.
My book on the Diamond Approach (published by Shambhala Publications,
1999) is a systematic overview of its main concepts and teachings. Each
chapter includes my descriptions of an element of the Diamond Approach
and selections from the writings of Almaas. Go here for more
information on The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of A. H. Almaas.
- Go here to read the Introduction to this book.
- Go here to read a selection from Chapter One (The Orientation of the Diamond Approach).
- Go here to read the Epilogue (The Flame of the Search, Guidance, and the Love of Truth).
You can purchase the book from Shambhala Publications or other online sources. This book has been translated into German, Dutch, and Spanish editions.
The Diamond Approach Vancouver group,
which I co-teach with Joyce Lyke, began in 2003, with a second group
starting in January, 2006. Two new groups - one in Vancouver and one in
Victoria - are just beginning. Go here for information on this group.
time to time, I teach workshops and retreats on special topics from the
perspective of the Diamond Approach. These include a weekend workshop
on life transitions and teachings on nature and the Diamond Approach.
also co-teach a group in the Diamond Heart Retreats program and some of
the small groups in the Colorado Ridhwan School. These groups are now
closed to new members.
Go here for information on other Diamond Approach groups.
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
many years, I have been exploring the interface of the Diamond Approach
and the natural world. These two paths, and their integration, have
informed my work with wilderness rites of passage and vision fasts (go
to my page on wilderness work) and my work with ecopsychology (go to my page on ecopsychology). I am guiding a wilderness retreat based on this material, Diamond in the Rough, sponsored by the School of Lost Borders. Go here for more background on the Diamond Approach, nature, and ecopsychology.
SPRING Semester Online Course
DIAMOND APPROACH (PSYT 514e)
15-week online course introduces the main insights and concepts of the
Diamond Approach and the practice of inquiry, the central method of the
Diamond Approach. Online audio and text lectures are supplemented by
personal explorations, experiential exercises, online discussions, and
live online chats.
We create a community of
learners in the class to support the learning process. While this class
is not a substitute for work with a Diamond Approach teacher or group,
it will give students a taste, and a better understanding, of the
Diamond Approach. In our past teaching, we have found the online
environment to be remarkably effective for these purposes.
course is taught by John Davis, PhD, and Candace Harris, MA. Both John
and Candace are ordained teachers of the Diamond Approach as well as
university faculty members.
This course may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit or as a non-credit course. For more information, go to the course description.
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