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 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.
There never could be any teaching that the One Thus Gone could give. With these words, The Diamond Cutter seems to be floating off into that world of nothing-makes-sense which Buddhism is unfortunately known for in our culture. But it’s anything but. Let’s see what’s being said here, and why, and then try to see how it could have any application at all in our business lives. Because it really does—the words here contain the real secrets to a totally successful life. The conversation seems to
continues: And then the Conqueror said: O Subhuti, suppose some son or daughter of noble family were to take all the planets of this great galaxy, a galaxy with a thousand thousands of a thousand inhabited planets, and cover them all with the seven kinds of jewels, and offer them to someone. Suppose on the other hand that this son or daughter held but a single verse of four lines from this particular teaching, and explained it to others, and taught it correctly. By undertaking this second
most desperate, and will pay the highest price to get the goods today. If either party waits a day too long though the whole game is over: the diamonds go back to being worth nothing, either because the order has been filled, or because it has become too expensive to honor. With all the different styles of jewelry a diamond firm must offer its customers nowadays, it’s flatly impossible to keep an inventory of the many diamonds you might need at any given time. Yesterday the company maybe didn’t
on the path of compassion—and they were also great and holy beings. Now in India there were six great cities, including the one known as “Shravasti.” This particular city was located in the domain of King Prasena Ajita, and contained a particularly beautiful site—the exquisite gardens of one known as Prince Jetavan. There came a time, several years after the Conqueror attained his enlightenment, when a certain householder by the name of Anata Pindada resolved that he would construct a large,
the earth. I’d always felt that being the boss of the company was all about what people were doing for you. There’s this common misperception that the higher up you get in an organization, the more people you have working for you—the more people whose only job is to get you what you want. But then suddenly after reading the book I realized that my top position gave me an opportunity to help and influence more people—that in a way, it was my responsibility to work for them: so needless to say the