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Yes, you can be Buddhist and still make money!
on 14 October 2003
Ah, at last!!!! The proof that you can be ethical, spiritual and successful in business. Michael Roach, is the first American to achieve the Tibetan degree and title of Geshe. This took him 22 years of hard study and practice - not a light task. He was challenged by his teacher to prove that the Buddha’s teachings worked in the "real" world by applying them quietly and without fanfare in a business context. Despite his initial reluctance Michael Roach took up the challenge and helped take a diamond business from a start-up with a $50,000 loan, to becoming a company with a turnover of $100 million per year.
Of course it's great to have inspiring stories to leave you feeling uplifted, but Michael Roach also provides the tools he used along the way as well. Some of these may be fairly familiar to readers, such as the idea of "setting the day with silent time", but I suspect that the "six-time book" will be new to most (try it and be amazed!).
The six-time book can be used in conjunction with his list of 46 common business problems and their "real solutions" based on the wisdom contained on a Buddhist text known as the Diamond Cutter. The text of the Diamond Cutter is woven in throughout the book, with commentary by a Tibetan Lama from the 17th and 18th centuries and further explanation by Michael Roach himself.
I found this book fascinating, informative (I knew nothing about the diamond trade before reading this), challenging, uncomfortable in places when I used it and looked at some of my own patterns of thought and behaviour, difficult in places, but overall a most rewarding and helpful book. Highly recommended.