Beijing, China / August 12 – 13, 2017
DCI LEVEL 6
2-Day City Intensive!
Peeling Off our Addictions
With the Wheel of Life
On behalf of all the staff of the Diamond Cutter Institute, I would like to welcome you to DCI Level 6: Peeling Off Our Addictions.
Simply put, we can describe “addiction” as compulsive behavior that we have trouble controlling, and which hurts ourselves and other people around us. There are of course the obvious physical addictions: eating too much; spending too much time on the internet; the irresponsible use of alcohol; smoking cigarettes.
But there are also emotional addictions, although in many cases these may be considered socially acceptable: an addiction to overworking, or being too busy; addiction to the adulation or attention of others; addiction to focusing on the negative side of life; addiction to thinking poorly of ourselves.
Underneath these physical and emotional addictions—according to the wisdom tradition of ancient Tibet—lies an addiction to a certain view of the world: an addiction to a mistaken idea of how everything in the world works. And according to this ancient wisdom, we can break our other addictions—no matter how strong they may be, and no matter how long they have plagued us—if we break this philosophical addiction.
And so here in Level 6 we will be working on addictions at all three of these levels: physical, emotional, and philosophical. Our goal, as usual with all the DCI levels, will be to recognize and overcome first our own addictions; and thus become an example who inspires and helps others to overcome their addictions.
There is a tremendous tool from ancient Tibet for overcoming addiction, and this is the teaching on the Wheel of Life. This is a unique presentation of downward cycles, and how to change them into upward cycles, given by the Buddha himself, two and a half thousand years ago. Regardless of what country we come from—or what language we speak, or what religion we may follow—this famous painting offers fantastic insights into all three kinds of addiction, and ways to overcome them.
We are pleased to be able to share this ancient knowledge with you, for success in the modern world—which is the goal of all 12 levels of the DCI training course. If by the way you have arrived at a Level 6 training without having completed all of the 5 levels before it, we strongly urge you to do so with your local city team as soon as you can, so that you can get the most out of Level 6.
I think that removing our longstanding addictions is perhaps one of the biggest steps we can take in achieving happiness and success in our life. Tackling our biggest addictions requires first that we recognize and admit that we have them, in the first place. And so as we step into DCI Level 6, I encourage you—along with myself and all the DCI staff participating in the training you are about to undertake—to use this precious time together wisely, beginning with a completely honest examination of where we can improve ourselves, in recognizing and battling the habits of a lifetime which we can better do without. Let’s help each other.
With best wishes for your lifetime success,
Geshe Michael Roach
Founder and CEO
The Diamond Cutter Institute