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

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,146 ratings  ·  131 reviews
The now classic work on Buddhism and business from the foremost American teacher of Tibetan Buddhism— reissued in a tenth anniversary edition with compelling case studies that showcase its principles in action around the globe.

With a unique combination of ancient and contemporary wisdom from Tibetan Buddhism, THE DIAMOND CUTTER presents readers with empowering strategies f
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Doubleday (first published 2000)
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Viet Hung Nguyen
Jun 30, 2013 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
Rebecca
Apr 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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Steve Gooch
May 17, 2017 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
Michael
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it

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
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John
May 05, 2011 added it
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
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Brian Johnson
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
“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
Vadim Sviridovich
Автор "Алмазного огранщика" - уникальная личность: выпускник Принстона, работавший вице-президентом алмазной компании, выкупленной Уорреном Баффетом. Он также является буддистским монахом, владеющим санскритом, тибетским и русским языками, благодаря чему, перевёл множество классических буддистских текстов на английский.
В книге он делится успешным опытом применения наставлений Будды для достижения успеха, процветания и счастливой жизни.
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
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Sara
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Debs
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Tran Hao Thien
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: business, skill
Tôi đã đọc hết 375 trang của cuốn sách này, nhưng là "cố gắng" vì tôi hy vọng có gì đó ở phần sau hay ho hơn. Tôi đọc khá nhiều sách về triết lý cũng như kinh doanh, tôi 24 tuổi và là người làm kinh doanh (sorry, tôi chưa thể nhận tôi là doanh nhân trẻ - nó xa hơn thế nhiều). Nhưng có lẽ trong lúc này não tôi khá "ngắn", tôi đánh dấu để 2 năm sau khi tôi 26 tuổi tôi sẽ đọc lại cuốn này để xác nhận xem thời còn trẻ mình đúng là chưa cảm thụ được hết..... giữa việc áp dụng triết lý Phật giáo vào l ...more
Charlie
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stars is being generous. I skimmed the last 2/3 of the book. I do appreciate the reminder that we create our karma through our thoughts, words, and actions. And our thoughts are most important. The idea that our thoughts create imprints in our mind is a reminder of the importance of transforming our thoughts, but these are not new ideas nor are they unique to Buddhism. I've practiced Buddhism for more than 40 years, so I have a little experience in this area. There is far too much story abou ...more
Denis Soloshenko
Странная книга. Местами кажется гениально, местами бредовой.

Основной посыл: хорошесть или плохость отдельного события в нашей жизни определяем мы сами. События нейтральны и только наша внутренняя призма придает им оттенок.
Тоже самое с людьми. То что нам не нравится человек — это не значит что он плохой в целом, это всего лишь наша интерпретация его поведения, которая была заложена нами на протяжении всей жизни. Поэтому все по-разному реагируют на крик начальства, на оскорбления, на шутки над соб
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Svetlana
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Давно слышала про кармический менеджмент, и вот теперь тема более менее раскрыта. Как все просто и сложно одновременно. Делай добро, помогай, заботься о жизни, не завидуй, не сравнивай, и т.п. - и у тебя будет куча денег, здоровья, любви и счастья.
Да, да, понимаю, что звучит по-дурацки - как набившие оскомину обещания от очередного бизнес-тренера. Но в этот раз все очень искренне, понятно, конгруэнтно. Я не просто поверила и прониклась. Когда читала - почувствовала, как внутри начала уходить на
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Amy Boogie King
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Nguyen Huu Anh Vu
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sách để cập đến triết lý Phật Giáo thông qua kinh Kim Cương, và rút ra những bài học bổ ích:
- Mọi sự việc đều có một khả năng tiềm tàng, gọi là tính Không. Bản thân sự việc không tốt cũng không xấu, do tâm mình nhìn thế nào thì sẽ thành ra tốt xấu tương ứng
- Những gì xảy ra cho chúng ta là do những dấu ấn ta để lại trong quá khứ. Một dấu ấn tích cực sẽ dẫn đến những kết quả tích cực.
- Tập suy nghĩ về người khác, trước cả bạn thân mình. Chúng ta là một.

Điểm trừ là các ví dụ. Tác giả kể câu chuyện
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Huy Đức
Một cuốn sách không hề dễ đọc. Kiên nhẫn và hay nhất là chương 7, còn lại sẽ để trong tương lai trải nghiệm tiếp.
Laura
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Cititoarea
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte care va va schimba viata!
Me
Jul 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: buddhism
I am distrustful of this “guru”
Margot
Dec 31, 2015 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).
Robin Adams
Oct 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was recommended to my wife as part of a course on building a mindful business. We started it with high hopes - a book on marrying business with Buddhist ethics would be a great thing. This book is not that - it is a nonsense tract that has nothing to say about business and twists Buddhist ideas into an unrecognisable, self-contradictory worldview. We finished the book only because we were enjoying laughing at it.

The book's central idea is that reality (or our perceptions of reality - R
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Phuongvu
Năng Đoan Kim Cương- một quyển sách tuyệt vời cho ngày đầu tiên của năm mới. “Give what you want - Cho đi điều bạn muốn” – câu thần chú của Năng Đoạn Kim Cương chỉ ngắn gọn vậy thôi.Bạn trao tặng cho thế giới những gì thì bạn sẽ nhận lại điều đó.
Điều hạnh phúc nhất rốt cuộc có thể đạt được là sự giúp đỡ và phục vụ người khác, giúp người khác cũng thành công như chính mình vậy. Khám phá ra ý nghĩa của một cuộc sống đáng sống.
Đây là cuốn sách cần đọc cho bất kỳ ai muốn một cuộc sống thành công,
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Tai Nguyen
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuốn sách giới thiệu một cách nhìn mới, một cách nhìn “không” về mọi sự đồng thời về cách gieo những hạt giống vào cuộc sống thông qua suy nghĩ, lời nói, hành động. Cách giải thích của riêng cá nhân mình cho việc các hạt giống có hiệu quả thật sự chính là mồi tiềm thức, định nghĩa và ví dụ được giới thiệu trong cuốn “Thinking, fast and slow”.
Một số điều hay khác mà cuốn sách đề cập:
- Cách sử dụng những lúc yên tĩnh để refresh, định hướng và kích thích sáng tạo.
- Một cái nhìn về tiền bạc, phúc l
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pham hanh
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phat-phap-thien
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Jake
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another must read for all.

This is a great book on two fronts:
1. A really simple and applicable introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
2. An awesome guide to setting goals, making progress, and getting the results you want.

This is one of those rare books that applies to all aspects of life (work, family, romance, education, etc.) If you are interested in leadership, business, personal development, religion, meditation, philosophy, etc, then you will like this book.

My only gripe is that I think it could
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Marian Tcaciuc
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Personal nu mi-a facut placere sa citesc această carte din urmatoarele motive:
- de multe ori autorul cărții bate câmpii rau de tot, multe dintre povestioarele/întâmplările adăugate neavând legatura cu subiectul tratat;
- in multe colțuri ale cartii lipsește o parte rationala, transformandu-se dintr-o carte de business in una in care trebuie sa face asa penteu ca Budha asa i-a spus invataceilor;
Pe scurt lucruri de baza exprimate pompos si o religiozitate folosită fara sens de multe ori.
Nu am avut
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Elliard Shimaala
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Hải
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
First of all, it is a difficult book to read with lots of references from ancient books and documents. I almost gave up at many points.

I'd rate this book higher (than 3/5) if I didn't research more about Michael Roach. Lots of things about him are not completely true. Although it didn't make his points in the book fallacious, I still felt somehow disappointed. To me, Roach is more a 'marketing-and-PR' guy than a Buddhism teacher.

Ok, back to the book itself, like I said above, it is still a good
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Victoria Zabuzova
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Insider's excursion in the diamond business - from ores to master shops, from stones trade to jewellery design. (so now I can't look at diamonds the same way and no longer imaging coveting one)
And a list of tools to tune your life, using interpretations of translations of ancient wisdom - apart from reciting pretty familiar Buddhist theses, there are cases and homework (as it is in 'business books'). I may recommend it to office people, like myself, struggling with some of the sides of corporat
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Publishes as Geshe Michael Roach ('Geshe' is a Tibetan Buddhist academic degree for monks and nuns).
“The Diamond Cutter is the oldest dated book in the world that was printed, rather than being written out by hand. The British Museum holds a copy that is dated A.D. 868, or about 600 years before the Gutenberg Bible was produced.” 1 likes
“I’m going to die tonight. What would be the best thing to do with the rest of my time?” 0 likes
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