“I myself can recommend the Diamond Approach as probably the most balanced of the widely available spiritual psychologies/therapies.”
“Almaas is one of the most significant voices for a new and remarkably integrated spiritual vision. His work combines the personal, the universal, the psychological and the spiritual… I respect his work to the highest degree…”
Lou Weir is an ordained Diamond Approach teacher and
a founding teacher of Insight Meditation Ann Arbor.
Lou also offers private sessions for Diamond Approach students who wish to practice inquiry with a guide.
An Interview with Diamond Approach teacher Lou Weir
This interview by a certified student in the Diamond Approach was conducted in early 2018. It has been edited for publishing.
Student: How long have you been practicing the Diamond Approach?
Lou: I have been a student for over 20 years, and I have been through a 10-year teacher training program. I was ordained as a teacher in 2017.
Student: Have you done other spiritual practices?
Lou: Yes, early in my search, in my 30’s I was a voracious reader of spiritual or quasi-spiritual texts ranging from Zen patriarchs, Christian mystics, channeled entities and spoon bending in Russia. It was a time of intense curiosity. I have been a practitioner in esoteric Christianity, Gurdjieff Work, Zen and I am currently also a teacher of Vipassana.
And I have learned something from each of the practices. In the Gurdjieff Work, for example, I learned that real spiritual unfoldment comes from diligent application. In other practices I learned that it comes from letting go. Both are important to any practitioner.
Student: Where do you teach Vipassana meditation?
Lou: At Insight Meditation Ann Arbor.
Student: Is it difficult to teach in two traditions?
Lou: Sometimes. Each tradition has its own vocabulary and I try to keep to that vocabulary when teaching. But many things overlap and can be expressed best one way over another. It has become easier as I have done it.