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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 17-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.

©2009 Geshe Michael Roach; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A Cross between the Dalai Lama's ethics and Stephen Covey's Seven Habits, The Diamond Cutter will have you gardening a path to the bank." (Amazon.com review)
"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)

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  • Dagmar
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • 01-17-10

Business book for all businessmen MUST to read

Really, even though I am not a Buddhist, listening to this book completely changed my perspective on running the business in general. It can be done differently and enjoyably and I cant wait to put what I learned here into practice. Thank you Geshe Michael.

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  • Robert
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 01-14-11

Spiritual Materialism

I teach Buddhism and have done so for 30 years. The essence of the Buddha's teaching is that suffering is reduced by accepting things as they are. This book is akin to the new age "classic" The Secret. In The Diamond Cutter, the author provides a number of very specific inner and outer behaviors that will supposedly and magically change reality to fit a person's particular desires. The world simply does not work like this and this book bears almost no resemblance to the teachings of the Buddha.

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A Fantastic Book

A great look at business ethics and their effects through a Buddhist lens. A number of fantastic principles are discussed as well as interesting facts about the diamond businesses.

A book for every business person, regardless of your beliefs.

My only criticism was in the last section of the book, where famous and pseudo-famous people tell stories of their implementation of the principles and its effect on their lives and businesses; it seemed a little self promoting and a bit inconsistent with the way the rest of the the book was laid out.

Michael Roach, the author, received the Presidential Scholars Medallion from President Richard Nixon and graduated from Princeton University in 1974. He is an ordained Buddhist monk and received the geshe degree in 1995 from the Sera Monastery in India, being the first Westerner to do so.

Roach was also one of the founders at Andin International, an international diamond business in in New York, which grew from a $50,000 investment into a $100,000,000 business.

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Life Changing

This book contains a perfect explanation on one of the most important teachings in Buddhism. If you are looking for a book that can change your life and unlock your maximum potential THIS IS IT!

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Excellent content but substandard vocal

The vocal of this audible book is unaudiable, it sounds blur and unclear and put people to sleep. I believe the producer made a big mistake allowing the author to do the sound. It was horrible and hugely impact the value of the book.

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Mind blown

Wow, I started yesterday with the audio book and am in Chapter 9. It's already made a significant impact. Wisdom effectively delivered.

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Very positive book.

Love the book. I purchased an audio book, and found it to be a very inspirational. Wrote many notes to myself, and meanwhile practicing advices, as I read each chapter. I feel the energy level shifting around me to a positive level. Your book teaches me to be a better person, and with baby steps, I am using all essentials points listed in Chapter 7 on daily basis. I must admit, I replayed each chapter at least three times. Each additional times it made more sense and I gained a better understanding to every word and meaning. I am eager to share your teachings with all my family and friends. Thank you!!!

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This book can be life changing

The positive message for how living your life focused on giving of oneself, caring for others, being concerned for their well being and success will lead to a life of happiness, wellbeing and prosperity for you as well is inspirational at best. A wonderful book that I plan to work toward incorporating into my daily work and family routines.

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One of the most important books I have ever read!

I loved it. The beginning chaptets were a bit of a challenge, but the rewards were in sticking it out. Thank you for sharing these important ancient lessons that are so applicable now!

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Laws about life

There are things you know but only when you start doing it you remember that this is the right way to do things. The Diamond Cutter shape you in what you where meant to be.
I've changed in more ways than one. Thank you