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The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues


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Sandra Maitri was a member of the first group of students to whom the Chilean psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo presented the enneagram system in the U.S. almost three decades ago. Throughout her many years of studying and teaching it, Maitri has preserved the legacy of this original transmission. In addition to her work with Naranjo, she has studied with various Eastern and Western spiritual and psychological teachers, including A.H. Almaas, founder of the contemporary spiritual path, the Diamond Approach. As one of the principal and supervising teachers of the Diamond Approach, she teaches the enneagram as part of the larger work of personal transformation, working with hundreds of students each year in the U.S. and Europe. She lives in Marin County, California.


Maitri, so the publisher's notes tell us, belonged to the first group of disciples of Chilean psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo, who applied the neo-Platonic spiritual cosmologies of Plotinus (the Ennead) to the human personality. At its Plotinean level, Enneadic spirituality is highly esoteric. Maitri's application of her teacher's principles endeavors to make this complex system accessible to a wider audience. Even so, she concedes, "this is not a journey for everyone"; yet, for those interested in a new spiritual practice with roots deep in the ancient past, this is a worthy introduction. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"In this second book on the enneagram by Sandra Maitri, she succeeds again, and in a more effective way, in showing how the enneagram is-more than anything else-a tool for inner transformation. She achieves this in a new way, one that illuminates the basic and subtle aspects on the path of transformation."
-A. H. Almaas

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