The DCI Twelve Levels

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The Levels

The Diamond Cutter Institute Training proceeds through 12 different levels, which are normally presented in what we call “2+3″ format: 2 evening lecture presentations to describe the important ideas covered in the course level, followed by a weekend “business retreat” over 3 days where participants learn to put the ideas into actual practice in career and life.

It’s important from the beginning to have a vision of what a person is like by the time they complete the entire training of 12 levels. They possess a profound understanding of where the events and people of their life are really coming from, which means that they are able to “design” —consciously— what happens in their career and their life.

This means that they achieve success in every aspect of life: they are actually able to create for themselves financial prosperity, excellent health, and deep personal relationships. They are happy and a joy to be around; they make a profound contribution to their family, their company, and their world. All aspects of life are successful — and they know how to keep it that way.

 

The Flow

The 12 levels of DCI training flow progressively to build on one another and ultimately provide all the tools necessary to master the art of designing your life.

-Level 1 gives us an overview of completely new ways of looking at the world that will make our success certain.

-Level 2 delivers an understanding of how to find our passion in life.

-Level 3 provides powerful skills in ancient meditation techniques that help us solve problems, sharpen the mind, and find calm in difficult situations.

-Level 4 teaches how to apply the Principles for great personal relationships, as great leaders typically want to share their prosperity and strength.

-Level 5 teaches how to build on great personal relationships, using them as a ‘launching pad’ for an exponential increase in happiness and success in business and personal life for ourselves and everyone we work and live with.

-After reaching our outer goals, we turn to the inner ones. In Level 6, we learn how to maintain great inner calm, regardless of what is happening around us.

-Level 7 explains how Diamond Cutter Principles are used to achieve energy —a boundless ability to get things done— as well as creativity, or the ability to get them done in new and innovative ways.

-We continue to go inward on Level 8, learning the true causes of a deep and continual sense of happiness and contentment with our life.
We can accomplish own outer and inner goals, but as truly successful people can tell you, it doesn’t feel right if we can’t share our success with others. And so we turn our attention to making some real contribution to the world at large: we want our life not only to be successful and joyful, but also meaningful in the larger scheme of things. That is, we want to be able to look back on our life at the end, and know that it had some deeper purpose.

-Level 9 gives us a strategy for making a personal difference in the world around us.

-In Level 10, we explore ideas for the transformation of society on a community, national, and global level.

-Level 11 connects the transformation of our world to our own inner development.

-Level 12 provides a review of the entire training.

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The Seven Components of the Training

Each level contains seven components, which combine to make us a successful person in every part of our life. The first component is the collection of Diamond Cutter Principles, which are a completely new way of understanding how the world works. DCI principles are based upon the ancient Tibetan tradition of the Diamond Cutter Sutra, the oldest printed book in the world.

The Diamond Cutter

The Diamond Cutter

These principles were used to create Andin International Diamond Corporation, one of the fastest-growing firms in the history of New York City. The company was founded by three people using a $50,000 loan and quickly reached US$250 million in annual sales, with over 10,000 employees in management and production facilities worldwide. Andin was sold in 2009 to super-investor Warren Buffett, currently the third wealthiest individual in the world. At present, there are estimated to be more than a million people in 20 countries using the Diamond Cutter approach, with billions of dollars of success stories—as described in the business bestseller The Diamond Cutter.

The second of the seven components in each course level is a separate Business Focus. We teach you to use these course levels to start a new life—possibly even a new business or career. And so through the twelve levels of the success training we’ll take you one by one through the steps of applying the Diamond Cutter Principles to this endeavor: identifying what your occupation or product will be, how you will produce and market it and so on.

The Diamond Cutter approach is a completely new way of thinking. We cannot fully learn and apply the Diamond Cutter Principles if we do not already possess a high degree of both mental clarity and physical energy, and so the third component is strengthening the mind— one’s ability to concentrate and to think quickly and clearly.

Every one of the levels includes training in ‘applied’ meditation: techniques of concentration which we apply to our work and life. These are not ways of “turning off the mind” but rather, powerful methods of mental problem-solving. Level 3 is entirely dedicated to this kind of mental strengthening, drawing from a wide variety of ancient Tibetan techniques.

Given their intimate connection, the mind cannot be sharp and clear if the body is sluggish and stiff. The fourth component of each level is physical conditioning, utilizing easy but powerful exercises that were developed by Indian yoga master Lady Niguma who lived about a thousand years ago. These exercises have been followed and used by Tibetan monks for centuries. This physical conditioning has been adapted for busy working people, requiring minimal time and effort in order to maintain youthful vigor and appearance. We call it “Executive Yoga.”

The fifth component is developing a “karmic business partner”. In essence this is a form of personal or public service carried out by someone who is well educated in Diamond Cutter Principles. The power created by this service is then directed towards success for all the parties involved, and forms the cornerstone of the Diamond Cutter approach. This “karmic partner” can be a customer, supplier, employee, investor—or even a member of the family.

The sixth component of DCI Training is daily tracking of our progress towards success. This involves an ancient Tibetan technique of pausing for a few minutes at selected periods during the day to examine our adherence to the Diamond Cutter Principles.

Each course of the training includes, finally, a seventh component of follow-up study and reading, as well as interaction with a Diamond Cutter staff coach where desired, until the next course in the training is begun.

 

diamondnumber01-100pxLevel 1

Worldview: How Things Really Work in Our life and Business
The nature of things

The nature of things

Diamond Cutter Principles: Overcoming the idea of limited resources; ancient sources for understanding how the world really works; finding (and eventually becoming) a qualified teacher of the principles; Tibetan methods of refraining both mind and body; how the world comes from mental seeds, managing mental seeds for success; enhancing new positive seeds and removing old negative seeds.

Business focus: Going beyond choices for company concept & branding

Mental strengthening: Fundamentals of a regular meditation practice (Tibetan, 15th Century)

Physical conditioning: Beginning a regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level One

Karmic business partner: Identifying candidates for a successful collaboration

Daily success tracking: Beginning a Six-Times Book

Follow-up study: The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life (Doubleday. tenth anniversary edition. 2009), and Contemplations on the Practice of Giving and Taking (Asian Classics Institute, 1998)

 

 

diamondnumber02-100pxLevel 2

The Union of Passion and Purpose: Finding Your Passion in Life
Finding your passion

Finding your passion

Diamond Cutter Principles: How is it that some people find their passion early on in life and others struggle with this? Learn the secrets to finding your burning passion and how you can help the people around you achieve this as well. Live your life with meaning and purpose so that you can bring success and happiness to others as well.

Business focus: Finding your passion in business and in life

Mental strengthening: Continuing a regular meditation practice (Tibetan, 15th Century)

Physical conditioning: Continuing with a regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level One

Karmic business partner: Defining our commitment to the selected business partner

Daily success tracking: Continuing our Six-Times Book practice

Follow-up study: Review correlations in The Diamond Cutter and commit to working on those which pertain to you most.

 

 

diamondnumber03-100pxLevel 3

Focus: A Calm and Powerful Mind for Life and Business
Calm Focus

Calm Focus

Diamond Cutter Principles: Meditation as a tool for career and personal success: Authentic traditions of meditation; How to conduct a meditation session — the Six Practices and the Seven Steps; Measures of progress in developing mental focus — the Nine Levels of meditation; A selection of meditations for understanding what makes success happen; The interaction of mental seeds and the hidden potential in creating success: why strategies don’t always work, and learning how to “load’ a strategy.

Business focus: The structure of your new company—a decision that you won’t have to make

Mental strengthening: Regular routine of the Six Practices of meditation (Je Rinpoche, 15th Century)

Physical conditioning: Evolving the regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level One

Karmic business partner: Revisiting our commitment to the selected business partner

Daily success tracking: Tricks for a consistent Six Times Book

Follow-up study: Karmic Management—What Goes Around Comes Around in Your Business and Your Life (Doubleday, 2010)

 

 

diamondnumber04-100pxLevel 4

Relationships Part 1: Find, Keep and Reach Perfect Partners
Relationships

Relationships

Diamond Cutter Principles: How to develop a sense of joy about life: Using mental seeds to find a partner; Methods for keeping a partner, and how to be happy with them: addressing the deeper forces which cause relationships to fall apart; A meditation on how to keep a relationship fresh and exciting; Achieving our goals in life through our relationship with our partner.

Business focus: Manufacturing —an end to the choice between production and quality

Mental strengthening: The meditation on exchanging “You” and “Me” (Master Shantideva, 8th Century)

Physical conditioning: Establishing a strong regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level Three

Karmic business partner: Logistical assistance for partner

Daily success tracking: Keeping progress goals doable

Follow-up study: The Garden, A Parable (Doubleday, 2000)

 

 

diamondnumber05-100pxLevel 5

Relationships Part 2: Deepening Relationships – The Launching Pad for Ultimate Success
The Launch Pad

The Launch Pad

Diamond Cutter Principles: How to build on great personal relationships, using them as a ‘launching pad’ for an exponential increase in happiness and success in business and personal life for ourselves and everyone we work and live with. Level 5 again addresses the deeper forces behind building and maintaining strong personal relationships, and how to use them as a foundation which supports all other aspects of our success.

Business focus: A chain-reaction between relationship strength and exceeding corporate goals

Mental strengthening: The meditation on exchanging “You” and “Me” (Master Shantideva, 8th Century)

Physical conditioning: Establishing a regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level Three

Karmic business partner: Advanced logistical assistance for partner

Daily success tracking: Keeping progress goals doable

Follow-up study (continued): The Garden, A Parable (Doubleday, 2000)

 

 

diamondnumber06-100pxLevel 6

Deep Calm: The Ancient Art of Profound Concentration
Deep Calm

Deep Calm

Diamond Cutter Principles: Dealing with life’s troubles; How to plant mental seeds for staying calm in every situation: the skill of using problems as a path; Daily guidelines for personal balance; The danger of natural reactions, and how they perpetuate our problems.

Business focus: Marketing and advertising— the real reasons why people look

Mental strengthening: A meditation on where the people and things which upset us are coming from (Master Shantideva 7” Century)

Physical conditioning: Continuing with a regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level Three

Karmic business partner: The role of intention in our business partnership

Daily success tracking: Tracking our daily mental and physical practices

Follow-up study: The Perfection of Patience (from Manual II of the Asian Classics Institute)

 

 

diamondnumber07-100pxLevel 7

Energy and Creativity: The Boundless Ability to Get Things Done, in Innovative Ways
Energy & Creativity, all day

Energy & Creativity, all day

Diamond Cutter Principles: The real causes of failure, and stopping them: how to plant the seeds for mental and physical energy; Identifying the mental seeds for creativity; Ways of finding more time in the day; An examination of the concept of competition: finding more mental space, by smashing the lie of having to make constant decisions.

Business focus: Don’t hire talent, create it.

Mental strengthening: Meditations on rejoicing, as a source of creativity and personal energy (Khen Rinpoche of Sera Mey)

Physical conditioning: Establishing a regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level Four

Karmic business partner: Dealing with setbacks in our partnership

Daily success tracking: Focusing our tracking on selective goals

Follow-up study: The Perfection of Joyful Effort (from Manual 11 of the Asian Classic Institute)

 

 

diamondnumber08-100pxLevel 8

Happiness: All Day, Every Day
Happy, all day.

Happy, all day.

Diamond Cutter Principles: How to plant seeds for feeling cheerful throughout the day: how our behavior towards others affects our state of mind; Getting out of our own bubble—sensitizing ourselves to how our actions affect others; Ancient codes for conducting our life, applied to modern times: expanding levels of avoiding harm to others, contributing to their happiness, and taking responsibility for others’ needs.

Business focus: Employee relations — neither “This” nor “That”

Mental strengthening: “Coffee” meditation, or “meditation holidays” for tired days (Khen Rinpoche)

Physical conditioning: Continuing with a regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level Four

Karmic business partner: The importance of a long-term commitment to the partnership

Daily success tracking: Learning to keep our own book, and not others’

Follow-up study: Selections from The Ethical Life (Manual 9 of the Asian Classics Institute)

 

 

diamondnumber09-100pxLevel 9

Meaning: Looking Back, and Knowing It Was Worth It
Looking back

Looking back

Diamond Cutter Principles: How to make our life and work not just successful, but meaningful: daily guidelines for a meaningful life; The power of personal commitment; Increasing the power of mental seeds infinitely through expanded intentions; Contributing to the solution to the larger problems of life: war, sickness, poverty; Using our own happiness as a foundation for helping others achieve happiness; Teaching as a way of learning.

Business focus: Training employees from the inside

Mental strengthening: A meditation on the Four Infnite Thoughts (Master Patanjali, 3rd Century)

Physical conditioning: Establishing a regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level Five

Karmic business partner: Maintaining excitement in the partnership

Daily success tracking: Focusing on tracking items of greater impact

Follow-up reading: Selections from The Vows of the Bodhisattva (Manual 7 of the Asian Classics Institute)

 

 

diamondnumber10-100pxLevel 10

Vision: Recognizing and Using Layers of Reality
Vision

Vision

Diamond Cutter Principles: Potential applications of Diamond Cutter Principles on a larger scale within our industry, our community, our country, and globally. Learning to identify the potential for large-scale transformation lying dormant within the population and institutions around us. Maintaining an awareness of this potential throughout the day in order to contribute to its realization.

Business focus: Accounting and compliance—unexpected sources of success

Mental strengthening: A meditation on seeing the higher potential within oneself (Master Naropa, 1000 AD)

Physical conditioning: Continuing with a regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level Five

Karmic business partner: The greatest gift of all — training our partner in the Principles

Daily success tracking: Keeping our tracking streamlined

Follow-up reading: A review reading of The Garden. A Parable—with an emphasis on the inherent potential for transformation

 

 

diamondnumber11-100pxLevel 11

Recreating Ourselves: A Completely Different Me
Re-create yourself

Re-create yourself

Diamond Cutter Principles: Identifying the connection between our personal development and the actual state of the world around us; Developing a higher capacity for reasoning, and methods of making decisions about what is true; The metaphor of the Diamond Body and Mind.

Business focus: Embracing competition —a key to greater profits

Mental strengthening: Meditations upon the ‘Onion Skins’ method for affecting the world through inner work (Kalachakra. 500 BC)

Physical conditioning: Establishing a regular practice of Executive Yoga, Level Six

Karmic business partner: Guiding our partner to a partner of their own

Daily success tracking: The biweekly review of our tracking

Follow-up readings: A review reading of “How Yoga Works”

 

 

diamondnumber12-100pxLevel 12

Diamond Cutter Master Class Review: Tying It All Together
Putting it all together

Putting it all together

A comprehensive review of the entire Diamond Cutter Training Series. After mastering the first eleven levels of the Diamond Cutter Institute training, new perspectives become available which allow creative association and integration of the tools and concepts. This perspective and fluidity in Diamond Cutter principles is what finally gives a Diamond Cutter Master the ability to design their success at-will, and to easily help others to do the same.

This final course level in the Diamond Cutter Institute series activates karmic managers, to bring together all of their training and to formulate their own unique and powerful style of success.