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The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life

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With a unique combination of ancient and contemporary wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, The Diamond Cutter presents readers with empowering strategies for success in their work and personal lives.

Geshe Michael Roach, one of the great teachers today of Tibetan Buddhism, has richly woven The Diamond Cutter in three layers. The first is a translation of selections f
ebook, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Harmony (first published 2000)
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Oct 12, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biz-money-econ
I'm having a really, really hard time overlooking the fact that Roach works in the diamond industry, and I'm nearly halfway through the book and he hasn't once mentioned the godawful history (and present-day atrocities) associated with diamond mining and transport.

But I'm trying very hard to focus on the spiritual message instead, because it is truly profound. Honestly, this is one of those books that is stretching my preconceived notions of "how the world works" near to the breaking point, and

A DIFFICULT BOOK TO RECOMMEND, but despite the flaws, it is worth reading. Some of the ideas are excellent, Roach is scholarly and has a real gift for teaching, but I think some of his views, like Roach himself, are controversial. Read this book by all means, but keep in mind Roach is NOT a mainstream Buddhist teacher. In fact, I would read Thich Nhat Hanh's "Diamond Sutra: The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion" before even touching this one.
I understand Buddhism has had to adapt to whatever c
Viet Hung Nguyen
Jun 30, 2013 Viet Hung Nguyen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dấu ấn: Tất cả những gì đang xảy ra ở hiện tại chỉ là kết quả của những dấu ấn đã được gieo trong quá khứ. Chúng ta không thể quay trờ về quá khứ để có thể thay đổi các dấu ấn này. Nhưng chúng ta chắc chắn có một sự tự do lựa chọn để gieo các dấu ấn trong hiện tại, để tạo ra các kết quả trong tương lai. Một dấu ấn tích cực chắc chắn sẽ dẫn đến một tương lai tích cực. Một dấu ấn tiêu cực sẽ chỉ đem lại một kết quả tiêu cực. Lựa chọn nào chính là quyết định ở nơi bạn, ngay tại thời điểm này, trong ...more
Apr 10, 2014 R rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wisdom
I couldn't finish this. I tried. When the alarm bells started ringing in my head, I desperately tried to understand what others loved about it and if I was just missing something. In the end, I just ended up going, "...WHAT?" at the pages a lot.

The Pros: The details about the diamond trade were interesting, though I agree with other reviewers that they often went too long to act as examples and instead frequently wobbled over the line into self-indulgent storytelling. The advice, as mentioned ab
This is some profound stuff. Roach is talking about why things happen; what really causes effects. But he's most interested in knowing why they happen and then applying that knowledge to get certain outcomes, like the outcome of turning his $50,000 loan into a $100 million business (now $200M+). And he wonderfully and seamlessly integrates pretty mind-bending theory (mind-bending to most westerners) with application methods and examples.

pg 28 - 29
"The business world today is without question a v
Brian Johnson
“To summarize, the goal of business, and of ancient Tibetan wisdom, and in fact all human endeavor, is to enrich ourselves—to achieve prosperity, both outer and inner. We can enjoy this prosperity only if we maintain a high degree of physical and mental health. And over the length of our lives we must seek ways to make this prosperity meaningful in a larger sense… we should see that we have conducted ourselves and our business in a way that had some lasting meaning, that left some good mark in o ...more
Colleen Wainwright
A lot of translations of ancient spiritual texts are about as useful to read for modern Westerners as reading them in the original. This book does a great job of translating the wildly allegorical to the concrete and actionable, so thumbs-up for that. It's also quite detailed: many, many pages, with very, very small type.

While I found it fascinating to see how these ancient texts were applicable today, I had two major problems with the book. First, DIAMONDS. We all know too much about the proce
Sep 15, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The essence of the Diamond Sutra is teaching the reader about dimensions of life beyond the first, second and third. The Diamond Cutter explains the Sutra to business people, and as such, it is a book about spacetime and how our actions refract and reverberate in a time-space continuum, in the context of business. I've read several Buddhist books over the years, and I found this one to be the most insightful, and with the best explanation of how karma works. That said, I don't think this should ...more
I had been having conversations with a friend around survival strategies in a not-so-nurturing corporate environment and he recommended this book. It is well, well-worth reading.

Thinking back to other things I've read and even basic psych class, many of these concepts weren't new. They represent such a shift away from my normal paradigm that seeing them presented over again in a slightly different framework is very valuable.

Accessibility is key. Their format of stating the original text, then
Amy Boogie King
I'm on the last chapter. I'm not new to the Buddhist ideas and it's repetitious from other texts. This is what happens when you read a bunch of Buddhist stuff. It's good, though, it's what gets the ideas planted in your head.

My only problem with this is that it's executive driven. I feel a little lost business wise in it. Like anything though "take what you need and leave the rest" comes to mind. This is what I'm practicing with this book. I hope to finish it soon and will leave behind the "busi
Laura Klover
Oct 12, 2016 Laura Klover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a book I go back to over and over again. Great lessons from sages of the past, applied to current business and life.
Nov 22, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte care va va schimba viata!
Dec 31, 2015 Margot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Endlich hat das Buch zu mir gefunden! Ein lesenswertes Buch für alle, die selbständig arbeiten (wollen).
Steve Gooch
May 17, 2017 Steve Gooch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, and eventually, after much effort, I did. It was hard work. I started reading it, some years ago. I read about a quarter of it and lost interest. But I don't give up on books. It needed to be finished. So I carried it around a lot intending to carry on with it, put it on my coffee table ready to pick up when I had nothing better to do, and flew back and forth from Cairo to London with it several times thinking it could be finished during the flight. I rarely op ...more
Elliard Shimaala
I struggled to get to the last chapter of this book and it wasn’t because it’s poorly written but because of the attitude I've developed towards self help books over the years. The rambling about diamonds, which I'll honestly say I have very little interest in, in some sections of the book also kept me putting it down and only picking it up after some days. The other reason which contributed to my lethargy was because it read and reminded me of Monk Who Sold his Ferrari (let's not even go there ...more
Jun 06, 2017 Ocean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I kept stumbling across references to it and finally decided to read it, and am glad I did. It provides a rare and interesting combination of mixing Buddhist philosophy with the challenge of the reality of existing in today's economically focused world. For me, this was a gem.
May 05, 2017 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the clearest, most insightful, and most grounded books that brings true wisdom to the world of business. This is arguably one of my most recommended business books.
Michael Bodekaer
Realizing how much overlap there is between personal development books when reading this book.
Still good to see that there seems to be a definite amount of books that's recommendable to read/learn from, and therefrom there is a "diminishing return on reading time" :)
Victor Ooi
The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha On Managing Your Business and Your Life, by Michael Roach is a very interesting book, venturing deep into the core beliefs of Buddhism and how it relates to daily lives. In this book, Michael talks about his experiences and what Buddhist ideas have to do with them. Throughout his life, Michael was searching for a career, and found out that he would work in the diamond business. After he graduated from university, he went to a diamond cutting business and studied i ...more
Jan 15, 2017 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before anyone reads this book, I'd recommend reading The Rolling Stones Article from June 2013--"Sex and Death on the Road to Nirvana." Barring the author's dubious spiritual credentials, the book does have some practical advice that can be applied to personal and professional development. The authors suggest that every problem is a matter of perception. How each of us deals with these problems is based off of previous "seeds" or emotional imprints of similar experiences that we have already enc ...more
Jan 14, 2017 Postace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 21, 2017 Laini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Diamond Cutter

A wonderful integration of business and life practices with personal ideals that reflect a desire for happiness and abundance for everyone.
Jul 21, 2011 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 10th anniversary edition of this book, and it makes me wonder why I haven't heard of it before. I am giving it a five-star rating based on business books I have read. And I have read a lot. I do think one can and should read it over and over again in order to adapt the principles set forth. It reminds me of THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE. There is no way one could read the book once and fully comprehend it. It has to be read and it has to be practiced.

Though this book is wri
Jessica Lu
The book is about how Buddhism can be applied in business operations and for personal happiness. It answers my long lasting question: how one can work for and enjoy material life, and at the same time, search for spiritual pious path - It is possible and simple. The book is a very interesting read and definitely a life-long concept implementation project for me.

The concepts are based on text of an ancient Buddhism sutra “Diamond Sutra”. Diamond is the hardest thing on earth due to its perfect ba
шашны холбогдолтой ном уншиж байсаан. гэхдээ миний мэргэжил санхүүтэй холбоотой болохоор очир огтлогчийг сонирхон уншиж эхэлсэн юм. Би өөрөө шашингүй хүн л дээ төдийлэн амьдралтайгаа холбож үздэггүй. Энэ номыг яг долоо хоног уншихад миний тархи бараг угаагдчихсан, хийж буй үйл ажиллагаа бүрийг буддагийн үндсэн филисофитэй холбон авч үзнэ. Хүнд өгж буй мөнгөө хүртэл сайн санаж өгөх хэрэгтэй, ашиг олох гэж биш сайн санаж л мөнгө оловол эргээд үйлийн үр нь чамд ашиг болон хувирна. Олон ийм төрлийн ...more
Shasta McBride
Jan 06, 2011 Shasta McBride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shasta by: Demian
Actually an engrossing true story about how an American monk living in Tibet is told by his teacher to go back to the US and become a businessman. He soon enters the Diamond trade in Manhattan and grows from a tiny shop to a multimillion-dollar company. However, the unique world of the diamond industry is only the backdrop for the actual story here, which is a translation of the 2,000 year-old Sutra "The Diamond Cutter" written by Gautama Buddha, which is a sutra that holds a very strong lesson. ...more
John Blackman
Aug 01, 2016 John Blackman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly as the title suggests, a practical guide to applying Buddhist principles to your business which boil down to controlling your emotions and giving of yourself to others. The spiritual language applies well to business because business is ultimately about people. The book is certainly on the mystical side, but if Buddhism works for you in your daily life, you'll find it can work for you in your business life as well.

The most interesting part of this book in my opinion was the very
Sep 12, 2012 skye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to neighbor Chris for the loan. I liked this book. I really enjoyed the stories from business, and learning about the inside of the diamond business at all levels. Pretty cool how much there is behind the scenes. I also liked a lot of the Tibetan Buddhist principles explained.

I wasn't persuaded by the core idea that everything that happens is based on mental imprints from our previous actions. It's an interesting version of karma, and may be the traditional Tibetan Buddhist view, but did
Exir Chen
Oct 07, 2015 Exir Chen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Book of so called "Buddhist" (what a fraud) business ethics written by a capitalist working in one of the most bloodthirsty and immoral industries that exist in the world -- and it's just as ridiculous and self-entitled as this fact would suggest.

The point at which I stopped reading the book as a morbid spectator and slammed it shut was when he -- get this -- BLAMED WINDOW-WASHERS FOR HAVING TO MAKE A LIVING IN A DANGEROUS OCCUPATION BY SAYING IT MUST BE THE FAULT OF THEIR BAD KARMA.

Says it all,
Maiga Milbourne
This is a potentially useful book but there were a few fundamental pieces that troubled me. Roach is a spiritual teacher and as much as this initially appears to be a management self-help book, it has higher aspirations. I appreciate Roach's intention but he gained business insight in the diamond industry. He uses that experience to explain ways to live morally in capitalist business culture. The diamond industry. The same diamond industry that has such a bloody and devastating history globally. ...more
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