Imagine yourself as an American, Tibetan Buddhist monk living in a monastery in New Jersey going to work for a diamond business in New York where you’re systematically applying the truths of one of the classic sutras of Tibetan Buddhism called, sure enough, . Every day you wake up early, do your meditation and prayers, then you hop on a bus to rock your job as head of sales at a quickly growing diamond enterprise before returning home to your little room at the monastery… without ever telling the peeps you work with that you’re a monk!
That’s the back story to this book by —a scholar of Tibetan, Sanskrit and Russian who, after twenty two years of study, became the first Westerner to qualify for the Geshe degree at Sera Monastery in India. The book’s *packed* with Big Ideas as Roach walks us through and shows us how to apply these ancient Buddhist truths to our modern lives. Very cool. Let’s start with a quick look at why the book’s called “The Diamond Cutter”: