With a unique combination of ancient and contemporary wisdom from Tibetan Buddhism, The Diamond Cutter presents readers with empowering strategies for success in their personal and professional lives. The book is presented in three layers. The first is a translation of The Diamond Sutra, an ancient text of conversations between the Buddha and his close disciple, Subhuti. The second contains quotes from some of the best commentaries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
And the third layer, the main text, is the practical application of Buddhist philosophies to the world of business, based upon Geshe Michael Roach's seventeen-years of experience as an employee of the Andin International Diamond Corporation, a company that grew during his tenure from four employees to a world leader in the jewelry industry. Roach's easy style and spiritual understanding make The Diamond Cutter an invaluable source of timeless wisdom for those familiar or unfamiliar with Tibetan Buddhism. His focus on practical personal and business applications has resonated with and changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals the world over since its original publication.
About the Author
Michael Roach is a fully ordained Buddhist monk who received his geshe (master of Buddhism) degree from Sera Mey Tibetan Monastery after twenty-two years of study. A teacher of Buddhism since 1981, he is also a scholar of Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Russian, and has translated numerous works. Geshe Michael received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and worked in New York City as a director of a large diamond firm for many years. He founded and directs the Asian Classics Institute, as well as the Asian Classics Input Project, and has been active in the restoration of Sera Mey Monastery. He lives in New York City.
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Everyone needs to read this book, although most thinking people will find they are already acutely aware of the principles. It describes karma as an indiscriminate and relentless law of the universe, like gravity is to physical matter. It is a real eye-opener, and the world would truly be an easy place if everyone read this. I couldn't imagine going through the rest of my life without having read it.
I was a bit offended early on when it ridiculed science, yet science and Buddhism both value inquiring, open minds. The example of young children dying in fires is used for proof against god, but the book then forgets to explain how young children do come to die in fires, so that section needs a bit of work, Some of the points tend to wander off so you have to check back what the point was about.
The book would benefit from a short summary section at the end: an action list so you don't have to trawl back through the book to find the to-do bits.
But overall, must read for all human beings!
-Here is wise advice and counsel on an ethical and prosperous way of being in the workday world based on Tibetan Buddhist principles.- --Spirituality and Health magazine
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 15th July 2009
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.3 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.22