The Diamond Cutter

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

The now classic work on Buddhism and business — 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.

His 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.





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Karmic Management

Karmic Management: What Goes Around Comes Around in Your Business and Your Life

Karmic Management outlines eight karmic rules that will impact your business and your life. After the introductory chapters, each rule has a chapter to itself. And at the end of each chapter, there are guided suggestions for how to consciously implement these principles in your business.

The book also uses three primary examples or case studies that are referenced throughout; a factory, a university and a hair salon. So you get a decent cross-section of examples whether you are in an industrial, service or nonprofit environment.

The advice is plain and practical. This is not a religious text- it focuses on how this positive, common-sense approach can not only improve the results your business produces, but also improve the quality of your personal life and the communities you participate in.

Karma – Whatever You Want Out of Life, You Must Do for Someone Else First

We often use karma to describe the idea that what goes around comes around. The problem with this definition is that it’s too passive –as if life is happening to you.

The authors point out that karma means “mental imprints” or “impressions” which force you to see the world around you as you do. You cause these impressions in your own mind with whatever choices you make in your thoughts, words and actions toward others. So by consciously and intentionally thinking, speaking and acting, you can directly manipulate your reality- you can literally create anything you want to see in your business and your life.

The idea is to put your focus on thinking, speaking and doing things with a specific outcome in mind. If you are doing the right things, the right things will happen. ‘Whatever I want I must first give it to someone else.’ Also, often things don’t go the way we want them to because we’re not aware of the unconscious ways that we sabotage our success.

Here is a summary of the principles:

  1. Stop doing things that don’t work. Stop worrying about whether something will work or not. This worry wastes brain space and time. Just be sure that things will work out. (sounds crazy, but this sets you up to turn the page for the next principle.)
  2. Find the cause of the cause. “If something doesn’t work each time you try it, then it doesn’t work.” The authors use the example of turning the key in the ignition to start the car (that would be a cause of starting the car) but what if that doesn’t work? What’s the cause behind the cause? Maybe the battery is dead! That would be the cause. Then they use the example of selling 100,000 units of anything. Calling customers is a cause of sales. But if calling customers doesn’t work, what’s the cause of its not working? The authors urge you to look at and make a list of your successes – then look behind those successes at ways that you might have helped someone else become successful. Perhaps you helped someone else sell more widgets by referring customers to them. These thoughts and actions will help you sell more widgets too.
  3. Identify your karmic business partners. Who is playing this business game with you? Co-workers, customers, suppliers and the world. Take the time and effort to put a plan together for how you will think, speak and act with each one to help them achieve and succeed so that you will succeed too.
  4. Start with yourself. This chapter brings home the point that you are responsible for the results you achieve in life. The book offers a detailed plan with recommendations for meditation, exercise and even what to eat.
  5. Stop making decisions. If you are choosing your mental imprints by thinking, speaking and acting with your goal in mind, then whichever you choose, the results will be successful.
  6. Load your stapler. Your stapler will work – if it has staples. Again, the concept is to always be thinking, speaking and doing those things we want for ourselves – for others first. This is what “loads the stapler.”
  7. Ride your problems over the top. What if your problems were a blessing? That seems sort of ironic, doesn’t it? According to karmic management principles, experiencing a problem is a signal as to where you need to take action. So if your problem is that you’re out of money – quick, run out and help someone make more money! And if something happens to you that you don’t like, stop doing it to others.
  8. Re-invest the karma. Now that you’re experiencing all the blessings and happiness that come from your conscious thinking, speaking and doing, what will you do with it? Reinvest the karma in your karmic business partners. It’s the circle of business. Help others succeed.

This is a good breakdown of the chapters and principles, but each chapter in the book has more helpful how-tos and suggestions.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a book for just “woo woo” spiritual folks. Both The Diamond Cutter and Karmic Management have thriving communities of businesspeople all over the world!



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