The Ridhwan School is an affiliation of ongoing Diamond Approach groups, which has been unfolding over the last 30 years and now has members in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas) is the spiritual head of the School, while individual groups are taught by qualified Ridhwan teachers.
The Diamond Approach is the spiritual teaching, the path, and the method of the Ridhwan School. The Ridhwan Foundation is the nonprofit spiritual organization established to support and preserve the integrity of the Diamond Approach teaching.
Minister/Teachers offer the Diamond Approach teaching through various formats including individual spiritual guidance sessions, public workshops, and ongoing groups. Only ordained Ridhwan minister/teachers are authorized to teach the Diamond Approach. All current teachers are listed at Teachers.
The Ridhwan Foundation, under the direction of Hameed Ali, offers the public opportunities to study the Diamond Approach through various Diamond Heart Programs.
All Diamond Approach groups consist of individuals committed to a long-term process of spiritual study. The group format—which includes large group meditation, lectures and exercises, small group inquiry practice, and individual spiritual insight sessions—creates a field of spiritual resonance that allows a gradual process of individual spiritual development. These ongoing groups may meet as many as nine times a year on weekends, or less often for three- to eight-day periods depending on the location and schedule of the teachers and participants.
The Ridhwan Foundation admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and scholarship programs.