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In this absorbing memoir, a departure in everything but title for Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad), the investment guru and his Buddhist sister Emi narrate their life stories in terms of spiritual wealth. Switching off within chapters, the fourth-generation Japanese-American siblings describe their 1960s Hawaii upbringing, noting their independent rebellious streaks and attempts to challenge their parent's Christianity and the small-town lifestyle. Robert shipped off to Vietnam, a marine helicopter pilot with a reputation for hell-raising, before returning to the states to become a successful entrepreneur and student of visionary thinker Buckminster Fuller. Emi, meanwhile, became a single mother and an anti-war activist before discovering Buddhism, becoming ordained by the Dali Lama and working as a chaplain for the US Air Force Academy. Sister and brother reunited in 2007, when Robert offered financial support for Emi's heart surgery; the spiritual bond they discovered, and its lessons, led to this book. Emi now sees the need for "better bridges for our spiritual life and livelihood," while Robert finds that life is a quest for one's "spiritual family," a process that necessitates "finding the things in life worth dying for."
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About the Author

Robert Kiyosaki is a fourth-generation Japanese American, born and raised in Hawaii. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York, Robert joined the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam as an officer and helicopter gunship pilot. Following the war, Robert went to work in sales for the Xerox Corporation and, in 1977, started a company that brought the first nylon and Velcro “surfer” wallets to market. He founded an international education company in 1985 that taught business and investing to tens of thousands of students throughout the world. In 1994 Robert sold his business and, through his investments, was able to retire at the age of forty-seven. During his short-lived retirement, he wrote the international bestselling book Rich Dad Poor Dad, and in 2006 coauthored with Donald Trump Why We Want You To Be Rich. An entrepreneur, teacher, and investor, Robert also writes a monthly column, “Why the Rich Are Getting Richer,” for Yahoo! Finance, and a monthly column, “Rich Returns,” for Entrepreneur magazine.

Barbara Emi Kiyosaki grew up in Hawaii with Robert and the Kiyosaki family. While Robert took the path of war during the Vietnam era, Emi took the path of peace, exploring alternative and spiritual journeys. Emi began her studies at the University of Hawaii and then traveled to Colorado, Alaska, and India to deepen her studies and practice of Buddhism. Emi was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1985 and today is known by her ordination name, Bhikshuni Tenzin Kacho. For six years, Tenzin was the Buddhist chaplain at the United States Air Force Academy. She has a master of arts degree in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Language from Naropa University. She is the assistant spiritual director and teacher at Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Center in Long Beach, California, and is a visiting teacher at Thubten Shedrup Ling in Colorado Springs. She occasionally resides at Geden Choling Nunnery in northern India. Tenzin also works as a hospice chaplain in Los Angeles, California.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; Reprint edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593155522
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,717,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 29, 2008
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Having just finished this book, I think the title- Rich Brother, Rich sister: Two Different Paths to God, Money and Happiness is an apt one. For those who may already be familiar with Robert Kiyosaki, here is what this book is NOT - a guide to business success, written primarily from his viewpoint.

Instead, it seems to be an attempt to reveal more about the Kiyosaki family and how both Robert, a successful businessman and financial guide, and his sister, Emi - a spiritual director at the Dhargve Ling Buddhist Center in California - found meaning in different ways. A major focus of this book seems to be about how they rediscover what they have in common and reconcile some of the extremely different ways they approach life and living.

Emi discovers some benefits, including peace and well being, that can come from money while Robert shares some of his spiritual views, from going through EST to having Buckminster Fuller as a mentor. Emi's early life is turbulent and she makes her way through the hippie movement, an early marriage and birth of a child before finding her way to the Dalai Lama and a spiritual path that deepens and grows.

The main problem with all this? For me, it was the flow of the book. In theory, going back and forth between the two views of brother and sister could have worked well, especially given Robert Kiyoaski's reputations as a financial guru.

But to me the book was both overly long and often a confused jumble, hard to follow. At the very end of the book, Robert Kiyosaki tries to tie God and money together and then there is a list of his previous books. Of course, Emi (his sister) also puts in her viewpoint and it should all balance nicely. For me, however, it did not.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Dean! on January 4, 2009
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It hurts me to give this Two Stars, since I love the Rich Dad Poor Dad book so much, but it's the only justice I can give to this book and prevent you from buying something you thought would be an uplifting or inspirational read.

This book is essentially an autobiography of Robert Kiyosaki and his sister Emi (referred to as Tenzin, a name given by the Dalai Lama when she became ordained) as they took different paths to "God, Money, and Happiness". They state there's a biological family that everyone has, and also a spiritual family that most people don't have; unfortunately the theme doesn't really carry through - the book's overall message is simply...unclear.

Some things that simply did not make sense:
1. You learn that Robert was kicked out of the Merchant Marines (honorably discharged) for improper use of government property (flying military helicopters (with high-pressure scuba tanks onboard) to remote islands in Hawaii to impress women) for what I feel is a court-martial offense. Also, he purposely missed a ship returning to sea because he was tired of fighting for the government - veterans call that "desertion" which is another court-martial offense.
2. He makes millions, then loses everything, twice.
3. He goes homeless in 1985 with his "soulmate" he had to chase for 6 months, yet retires in 1994, then he writes Rich Dad, Poor Dad about growing up with a Poor Dad
4. His "Poor Dad" I find out is Superintendent of Schools of Hawaii and went to Stanford, Chicago, and Northwestern, was a valedictorian, and was a community leader in Civil Defense, and prior to his death received an award as one of the top 2 educators in Hawaii history.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Elisa 20 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2008
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The premise of this book is a challenge at best--to integrate entrepreneurial motivational money man Robert Kiyosaki's life stories (and, arguably, life lessons) together with those of his sister, an ordained Buddhist nun. And, from their supposedly parallel-in-many-ways values and ideas (although following such obviously different actions) to yield some meaningful insights for the reader.

Too bad it doesn't really work out that way.

Part of the reason it doesn't is the "why" this book was written--because Robert's sister, Emi, had medical problems, couldn't cover the big deductible/co-pay, he'd loaned her money for it, but wanted her to see how to become financially independent herself by co-writing a book.

I don't think that's a very good reason to write a book--certainly not much of a reason to read one--and it leads to the fundamental problem of this book. This is, that the two people have very little in common and whatever insights they have acquired independently don't mesh together at all, despite the chapters trying to impose chronological or thematic unity as each tells his/her own story for half of every chapter.

The book also suffers from overly consistent "tone" in that I never feel we really hear Emi's voice (and hers are, in my opinion, the more interesting insights and experiences.) It also suffers from a slant toward Robert's lifestyle and choices, a kind of flowing, "Isn't he awesome and successful!" message. It's a little too easily accepted that all of us are impressed by--and covetous of--lots and lots of money. But that really isn't always the case.
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