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

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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
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
Apr 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Laura Klover
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte care va va schimba viata!
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).
pham hanh
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Hòa Phạm
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mục đích kinh doanh, hay của trí tuệ cổ Tây Tạng và thực ra là của mọi nỗ lực của con người, chính là làm cho chính chúng ta được phong phú - đạt được sự thịnh vượng, cả bên ngoài lẫn bên trong. Chúng ta chỉ có thể hưởng thụ sự thịnh vượng này nếu như chúng ta giữ được một mức độ cao về sức khoẻ thể chất và tinh thần. Trong suốt cuộc đời của mình, chúng ta phải tìm cách để làm cho sự thịnh vượng này có ý nghĩa theo một cách hiểu rộng hơn.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells legendary stories of a legendary man, Geshe Michael Roach. I didn't know Diamond Sutra can be expounded in such a practical and interesting way with the Geshe's live experience. It could be a challenge to anyone who likes to try to fit what Diamond Sutra teaches into some modern context. Geshe Roach did a good job by writing this book, based on another good job of his: living the Diamond Sutra way. Nothing can be more persuasive than someone's real life story. "See, it works!"
Diana Botezan
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have ever read. I read now for the second time and I began putting in practice the principles stated here. It completely changes the way you see the world.
Aaron Terrazas
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best business books I've read
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
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 Bodekaer
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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 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 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 21, 2017 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 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
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Publishes as Geshe Michael Roach ('Geshe' is a Tibetan Buddhist academic degree for monks and nuns).
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“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.” 0 likes
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