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Geshe Michael Roach

How To Stop Anger (1999, Hong Kong)

A one-night lecture by Geshe Michael Roach in Hong Kong on December 9, 1999 covering a special section of the Diamond Cutter Sutra in which Lord Buddha teaches about how to effectively manage and eliminate anger completely. According to Buddhism there are two ways to stop anger, a temporary or band-aid approach and an infinitely more powerful method designed to annihilate anger forever.... Read More...

Twenty-One Verses in Praise of Tara, The Lady of Liberation (1999, Tucson)

Tara, The Lady of Liberation, is a woman Buddha and the female embodiment of enlightenment. Traditionally she’s represented in twenty-one different forms, meant to illustrate her special ability to appear to you in whatever way would be most beautiful and beneficial for you. This teaching is a detailed explanation of these twenty-one verses in praise of her different forms.... Read More...

Dharma in the Workplace (1999, Palo Alto)

A very nice one-night lecture about Dharma and business that was given just as Geshe Michael Roach was finishing up his bestselling book The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life. It’s one of the very first lectures Geshe Michael gave about business, which would later evolve into the Diamond Cutter Institute and teaching these principals to thousands of people around the world.... Read More...

The Ultimate Answer on Death (1999, San Francisco)

What is death? Most of us live our entire lives in fear and with a very limited understanding of this seemingly inevitable endpoint looming somewhere on the horizon. What happens after we die? In this one-night lecture given by Geshe Michael Roach on September 7, 1999 he clarifies what death is from a Buddhist perspective. He explores the core Buddhist ideas of emptiness and karma, and how they are crucial to an understanding of death, and that most important question of what happens to us after we die.... Read More...

Six Paths of a Spiritual Warrior (1999, Galway)

What would it be like if you could learn a way to make contact with Enlightened Beings and live in a world of magic? If your life has become boring and full of uninspired routine, here’s an actual method to transform your life from one of “quiet desperation” to one full of adventure, excitement, and magical encounters. In the Vajrayana teachings of Buddhism, one of the most dangerous things you can do with your life is to imagine that you’re just a normal person, living a normal and mundane routine of eating, working, and sleeping. In these higher teachings of Buddhism, there’s a code to transform that normal life into something special and truly magical.... Read More...

Death Redefined: Living a Meaningful Life (1999, Melbourne)

A public lecture by Geshe Michael Roach in downtown Melbourne, Australia in 1999. This lecture is divided into two parts, the first part is learning how to do a death meditation and then the second part is learning the practice of exchanging yourself and other people. These two practices normal come together and teach us a very powerful method of prioritizing our life and living in the most meaningful way possible.... Read More...

The Garden (1999, New York)

If Buddhism is going to speak to those of us in the modern world, and those of us in the West in particular, you have to go through all of the points of Buddhism which we question. Is there a past life? Is there a future life? Can you really become enlightened in this lifetime? Can you really stop the aging process of the body? Can you really reach a heaven? Is there a soul or not? Can you prove it to somebody? There are questions that need to be emphasized for those of us in the modern world.... Read More...

The Wheel of Knives (1998, New York, Geshe Michael Roach)

The text of the Wheel of Knives describes how bodhisattvas in the vicious circle of life are like peacocks who actually find poisonous plants more nutritious than medicinal ones. The idea is that the bodhisattvas can transform inner afflictions and outer difficult situations into precious opportunities for personal practice and helping others. According to the text, each unpleasant thing or event that ever happens to us is a result of “what goes around comes around”: the things we have done to others are returning back to us like a wheel of knives. ... Read More...

Why Your Children May Be Buddhas (1998, Mongolia)

A teaching that Geshe Michael gave back in 1998 during a teaching trip to Mongolia. It was a class about what an Enlightened Being, or Buddha, is like. Geshe Michael goes into detail explaining the four parts, or what’s sometimes described as the four bodies of a Buddha. This teaching places special emphasis on the Emanation Body, or the part of a Buddha which has the ability to take countless forms to help all living beings in exactly the way that would help us the most.... Read More...

The Difference Between Nirvana and Samsara: Guidelines for a Meaningful Life (1998, Brisbane)

A one-night lecture in which Geshe Michael discusses the difference between two very important words in Buddhism: Nirvana and Samsara. These two words reflect the goals of all Buddhist practice—Nirvana is where you’re trying to go and Samsara is what you’re trying to get away from. However, before you have a long lecture about how to get to Nirvana and escape from Samsara, it’s important to clarify what they are. This lecture does exactly that. We find this one really helpful because the format also included a lot more interaction with the audience than usual, giving people a chance to share their ideas about what they think the qualities of Nirvana and Samsara are. This really flushed out many of the misunderstandings which new Buddhists in particular may have about the goals of Buddhist practice and clarified the path to reach those goals.... Read More...

Mahamudra: Two Worlds Side by Side (1998, San Francisco)

A one-night course by Geshe Michael Roach in San Francisco on August 28, 1999. This teaching is about a special style of meditation called Mahamudra. This course will be based on a teaching about Mahamudra by The First Panchen Lama and will give an introduction to Mahamudra, a discussion about the advantages of studying the emptiness of the mind, as opposed to the emptiness of objects in general, and a description of beginning Mahamudra meditation for you to incorporate into your daily meditation practice.... Read More...

ACI Course 02: Buddhist Refuge (1993, New York)

Topics include: what is the perfection of wisdom, what is refuge, the objects of refuge, the reasons for taking Buddhist refuge, the qualities of a Buddha, the different types of bodhichitta, what is nirvana, the divisions of nirvana, five different proofs that emptiness is the ultimate nature of reality, and the five paths which lead to full enlightenment. ... Read More...
Geshe Michael Roach

Geshe Michael Roach

Geshe Michael Roach (born December 17, 1952) is the first American to have been awarded the degree of Geshe, or Master of Buddhism, after more than 20 years of study in Tibetan monasteries. He has used this training to become a prominent international teacher, businessman, philanthropist, author, educator, public speaker, textual scholar, and musician. Geshe Michael graduated with honors from Princeton University and has received the Presidential Scholar Medal from the President of the United States at the White House. In 1981 he helped found Andin International Diamond Corporation and bring it to annual sales of over $100 million, donating his profits to international aid projects. His book about achieving business and personal success through generosity, The Diamond Cutter, has become a global bestseller in 20 languages. He is the founder of the Asian Classics Institute, Diamond Mountain University, the Asian Classics Input Project, Worldview, the Yoga Studies Institute, Star in the East, Global Family Refugee Aid, Three Jewels Community Outreach Centers, and the Diamond Cutter Institute.