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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (June 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861711459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861711451
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Polishing the Diamond is] by far the best translation ... I have ever seen of a contemporary Korean Buddhist book.... A remarkable achievement." -- Professor Robert Buswell, UCLA.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Korean

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I am learning myself by practicing the teachings offered by this book.
Kim Min Ji
Like stars shining in the dark sky, the stories in the book brightened my mind and refreshed my soul.
Jiseon Lee
Because this book enlightens us as to how to live with a flourish mind of peace.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
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At the start, I considered this book another Buddhist book written in English but as soon as I finished reading the section, "ABOUT THE MASTER'S TEACHING", I was hooked to the core of the instructions. The striking core to me was "whenever a thought or an emotion occurs in your mind, offer it up to Buddha with reverence." Offering up to Buddha is termed "surrendering." Then, what do we offer up? Our freewheeling thoughts, emotions, and hatreds which can be broadly termed "karmic hinderances." In all Buddhist books I have read so far, they say that when karmic hinderances arise, let them pass without clinging. But it has been very difficult in my practice to let them simply pass. The uniqueness of the instruction is "the offering up to Buddha with REVERENCE." The author suggests that the space emptied by offering will be filled up with wisdom, loving kindness, and positive views. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone who are interested in Buddhism.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kyumin_Shim@NCCI.com on March 29, 1999
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In the life of every person, there comes a point when you realize that your mind is a battlefield. The "POLISHING THE DIAMOND, ENLIGHTENING THE MIND" guides you through this battlefield with the seatbelts on. It is a journey, not a destination. In the journey, I met Henry Ford who liked to GIVE. I met a Chinese Master who was born a water buffalo. And I met Master Baek who was born with the WISDOM OF THE AGES. I was in awe and wonder by permeating stories and METHODIC teachings, by SELF-ACTUALIZING powers of anyone's wishes, by the author's mission to find Buddha in all things with his SERVICE TO HUMANITY, by illuminating presence at work in the midst of human enterprise, and by what it is to be the HALLMARK of a good life. My spirits wanted to soar because in my own battlefield, I was able to find cracks that allow breakthroughs. The book does what it promises. It enlightens minds !! I saw the BIG PICTURE and it showed me the ROAD. Nothing is PRACTICAL than seeing a Big Picture, isn't it ? Diamond Master Jae-Woong Kim is an author whose publications I will certainly watch for.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jiseon Lee on December 26, 2013
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I really liked this book, becuase it does not explain about theory and knowledge, but is full of the author's own experiences and realization. Like stars shining in the dark sky, the stories in the book brightened my mind and refreshed my soul. On the path to seeking truth, what we know is so trifling compared to how we behave. This book shows so clearly how to put into Buddhist wisdom in our daily lives through the beautifully interwoven anecdotes, reflections, and lectures. I am so grateful to meet this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2014
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"People who enlighten me are all my Buddhas. Instead of trying to find Buddhas in high and precious places, shouldn't you be able to find your Buddhas in your town, in your marketplaces, and in your streets?
Everyone has valuable and enlightening qualities. if you practiced those qualities, it would be like meeting the Buddha and practicing his teachings.
There are plenty of Buddhas around us all the time:
Buddhas in our homes, Buddhas at our workplaces, Buddhas in our streets, Buddhas in our buses..."

This is one of the many gem-like Dharma talks offered in the book.
This has lead me to inner peace and harmony with people I encounter every day.
Everybody has original Buddha nature in themselves!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hyun-sook Kim on January 11, 2014
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This book has shed light on my old wounds left deep inside of me. Every page comes with a moment of enlightening, guiding you gently through to self-discovery. A page a day will keep you out of negative moods and thoughts. Have it around and read away your inner struggles!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eunkim kim on January 8, 2014
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Spiritual, heartwarming. This is reading therapy for the agitated state of mind caused by anxiety, stress, and anger. it almost becomes my daily ritual that starting and ending my day with one page of this book. It provides me with deep observations of my inner world, bringing me to peace and serenity. page by page, day by day, i am getting stronger and growing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
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I am a Catholic strongly dedicated to the study and practice of my faith. However, I do not believe in limiting my experience of spiritual truth only to Catholic dogma. Master Kim has much to tell the world, especially the American culture. Our culture places so much emphasis on the word I and the external and material aspects of our society that we have become blinded to the state of our own minds. American culture is in trouble and it needs to find the value of "cultivating the mind" instead of the bank book. I do not personally advocate Buddhism but there is much to be learned from this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has found the importance of his or her own spiritual health.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By johnjung@usa.net on March 30, 1999
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This book is a must-read to those who have felt a deep moving in the heart after reading "Chicken Soup for the Soul" by Jack Canfield. Because this book enlightens us as to how to live with a flourish mind of peace. I learned through this book how to give something out for others as well as how to keep myself respectful of my husband, my children and neighbors incessantly.
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