An Evening with Michael Roach


Before yesterday, I know nothing about the man nor his books.  I attended a free talk entitled “Karmic Management: Unlocking Secrets to Success in Life & Business” by Geshe Michael Roach, the author of The Karmic Management, The Diamond Cutter and The Garden and his team.

Born in 1952, Michael Roach is an American teacher of Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelugpa school and was the first Westerner to qualify for the geshe degree at Sera Monastery in India.  He is one of the founders of Andin International Diamond Corporation which has become an annual US$200 million revenue company in a few short years, marking it the fastest growing company in the history of New York.   Very impressive.

His success is attributed to the application of the ancient Buddhist wisdom from The Diamond Cutter, turning traditional business mentality upside down and by helping others – suppliers, customers and even competitors – succeed in life and business.

He looks and dresses like anyone else and if he did not introduced himself as a monk, I would not have guess it.  He presented well and had managed to capture the interest of the audience enough to have them returned the second night for his talks.  I did not attend the first night but from what my friend told me, the auditorium was almost full on the first night as well.  I left feeling excited and energized with possibilities tingling in my head.

Michael Roach is on a world tour with some of his students-turn-teachers — at the Diamond Cutter Institute that he has set up — to promote Karmic Management.

Michael Roach talked about how to plant seeds (ideas, thoughts) into our minds and use them as a multiplier effect to gain personal growth, or advantage if you like.  By giving freely (our time, money, compassion) we are introducing thoughts into our minds that will allow these to flourish in unimaginable ways back to us.  However, there is a certain way to plant the seeds correctly which does not include giving money to charity if we want to generate wealth.  It has got to be a continuous process of giving with the intent to multiply wealth creation, such as investing.  So you may want to give some money, whatever amount – although he is recommending 10% of your earnings – to people in need of money to build a business.  You will need to do that for at least 6 months to habituate and ensure the seed is well planted in order for your own business to flourish and profit in abundance.

This principle applies in other areas of your life too.  If you want health, go and volunteer to help the sick.  If you want a partner, go and help someone get hitched up.

This one I like – if you want to remain youthful looking, make sure you do not get angry.  Anger is poisonous; it destroys all your good intentions, weakens your seed planting and makes you aged faster.

I think the most valuable lesson I came away with is this:

All things come from a seed,
and Everything is possible.

He gave the example of Google – how it would have been unimaginable to send messages in an instant that cost you nothing just a mere few years ago.  Now, no one can (almost) live without this form of communication.  When you have an idea (seed), it can be manifested to become real and possible.

If you have an idea now, plant it well and wait for the returns.  🙂 Good Luck.

Want to know more about him and his philosophy/teachings?  I am sure you will find lots by googling him!  Or, read his books as I am planning to do.

Note:  You do not need to become a Buddhist to apply these principles to succeed.

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