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A. H. Almaas, whose writings brilliantly illustrate the unity of modern depth psychology and traditional spiritual wisdom, is a respected, pioneering teacher. Jack Kornfield has called him "one of the most significant voices for a new and remarkably integrated spiritual vision."

Now for the first time ever, Almaas has created with Sounds True an accessible audio introduction to his lifetime of work. The Diamond Approach features insights refined from Almaas' 30 years of teaching, including how he has helped thousands around the globe "do the work" by investigating reality, developing emotional wholeness, uncovering their true essence, and realizing the non-duality of being.

©2009 Sounds True; (P)2009 Sounds True

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Good Interview, not a book!

Good oportunitie to listen to Almaas.

Don't consider an audio book. It's more like an Interview with Almaas.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Christian
  • East Northport, NY, United States
  • 08-19-11

Awakening to the Here and Now

Almaas is a teacher of inner work. This audio book is a series of interviews. I read some of his books before and found them to be very good. This interview was excellent. He explains in some detail the different aspects of what he teaches. This is not the kind of audio you would get much out of while performing another activity. It requires full attention, and it would not be interesting to anyone who is looking for some way of succeeding better in their external life. It's all about the inner world; external reality often seems to bring up the inner reactions that we work to dis-identify from. Eventually, it may be revealed to us that the distinctions if inner and outer life don't really exist. It's possible to see, if even just for a few moments, that everything that "exists" springs from non-existence. I listened to this interview over several days. After it ended I really seemed to have the sense of what the inquiry was about. It's not difficult in the sense of understanding what it is. But it is difficult in terms of developing the skill of it.

It may be important to note that while I appreciate the interviews, lectures, and writings of Almaas, I have not been impressed by his followers. (Though I have only met a handful of them.)

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Doaa
  • Amman, Jordan
  • 03-03-13

A Bit Tough, But Worth It

This one was a tough program to comprehend. I'm reading the four books of the Diamond Approach. Along with this program they are very interesting. But by no means an easy read. The ideas Almaas talks about are new to me, i found some ideas difficult to grasp. He talks about essences, and how each has a taste and color. I love this concept. I especially enjoyed the last part of the program. The program calls for self observation, and awareness. I don't think it is possible to get the best benefit out of it just by reading. One needs to deeply look into her self to begin to understand the concepts Almaas is presenting.

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  • Del
  • Wildwood, Alberta, Canada
  • 02-26-10

Awsome, amazing and wonderful!!

Never heard of the "Diamond Approach" before i listened to this audio book. It kept coming up in my searches, so i though that i would give it a go. For me, i will definately listen many times over, and hope to maybe see more of A.H Almaas books go to audio.

Thanks, Sounds True for this work!!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Many Deep Insights

Would you listen to The Diamond Approach again? Why?

Certainly I would listed to the Diamond Approach many more times as this is the sort of informations that expands with time. Each time I listen I hear something that I have never heard before and am amazed at the deep insights into human potential and functioning. Brilliant

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

Have you listened to any of A. H. Almaas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no this was the first i have heard of him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

For me it was a book that I savored many times and would only listen to in short segments.

Any additional comments?

I would like to see more of the authors original books be available as the interview method of this book is good but not as fulfilling as a book the author has spent time developing his deepest thoughts and insights.

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  • Jay
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 12-03-12

A beautifully constructed review of Almaas's works

What did you love best about The Diamond Approach?

An extraordinary inner journey into who I am not that I take myself to be.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Diamond Approach?

There is no inner child - unless you're pregnant :)

Which scene was your favorite?

Narcacism and me

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That the self is a construct, constructed for me by me that holds me back from realising the true self

Any additional comments?

No

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Listen to the Sample before Purchase

What disappointed you about The Diamond Approach?

This maybe necessary and truthful or not but it's hardly kind.
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Good interviewer who attempted to ask relevant questions followed by the author providing answers that were 95% gibberish. Yes, it maybe my inability to see deeper meaning in what words can never provide or it could just be gibberish.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by this guy

How did the narrator detract from the book?

only with content

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

it could have been longer

Any additional comments?

Please listen to the sample. If you like it I wish you and your 30 to 40 essences well.

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wonderful! a deep and enjoyable interview!

a deep and enjoyable interview that transmits the qualities as Hamid Ali talks about them.

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'when the student is ready...'

Not easy to follow at times, this takes concentration. Glad i came back to listen after a failed 1st attempt and found the later chapters to resonate with my own experience.

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Not the book

Interesting interview, though it's not the book. I appreciate the in depth questions of the interview and the perspectives given, however.