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The DCI Twelve Levels

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.

Its 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 doesnt feel right if we cant 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.


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

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
storiesas 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 lifepossibly even
a new business or career. And so through the twelve levels of the success
training well 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 ones 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, investoror 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.

Level 1

Worldview: How Things Really Work in Our life and Business


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)
Level 2

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

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.
Level 3

Focus: A Calm and Powerful Mind for Life and Business

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 dont
always work, and learning how to load a strategy.

Business focus: The structure of your new companya decision that you wont
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 ManagementWhat Goes Around Comes Around in


Your Business and Your Life (Doubleday, 2010)

Level 4

Relationships Part 1: Find, Keep and Reach Perfect Partners

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)

Level 5

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

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)

Level 6

Deep Calm: The Ancient Art of Profound Concentration

Deep Calm

Diamond Cutter Principles: Dealing with lifes 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)

Level 7

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

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: Dont 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)

Level 8

Happiness: All Day, Every 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 bubblesensitizing 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)

Level 9

Meaning: Looking Back, and Knowing It Was Worth It

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)

Level 10

Vision: Recognizing and Using Layers of Reality

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 complianceunexpected 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 Parablewith an


emphasis on the inherent potential for transformation

Level 11

Recreating Ourselves: A Completely Different Me


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

Level 12

Diamond Cutter Master Class Review: Tying 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.

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