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Work as a Spiritual Practice: A Practical Buddhist Approach to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job Paperback – Unabridged, February 1, 2000
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My home website is WWW.LEWISRICHMOND.COM
My home Buddhist meditation group is in Mill Valley/Tiburon, CA and is called The Vimala Sangha (http://www.VimalaSangha.org). I also teach workshops through the San Francisco Bay area. You can find me on face book at
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The two things I liked the best about the book are these: (1) The buddhist thought has real rigor behind it. Richmond was a Zen priest who, to be brief, knows what he's talking about. (2) The overall tone of the discussion of how spirtuality relates to work is direct and practical (many different sorts of interesting practices and exercises are suggested)but also open-ended enough that I found plenty of "room" for my own experiences and interpretations to come through.
Richmond writes from the perspective of his experience as the head of a start-up software firm in California - a situation designed to challenge (or perhaps to develop) a spiritual, moral sense if there ever was one.
Our work environments need this kind of message in a big way. And individuals, whether they are in very good or very bad (or everything in between) current work situations will find something of value in this book. This is not new age hang-a-crystal-over-your-desk BS - it is an intelligent application of millenia-old religious and philosophical thought to one of the biggest problems we each face in our daily lives.
This ought to be required reading! :)
Mr. Richmond has been there and done that. He brings practical advice that is soundly grounded in Buddhist thought and tradition. He doesn't try to pretend that it is realistic to construct an altar at your desk, but provides reasonable ways to extend your spirituality to the workplace. Above all else, this book is a practical set of guidelines for maintaining your spirituality in America's competitive workplace. I've only just read it, but it has helped me immensely to find ways to make my worklife simply an extension of the rest of my life.
I firmly believe that work really doesn't, and shouldn't, have to suck. But I wish Mr. Richmond would address the powerful, universal force of entropy, which may be why most workplaces tend towards disfunction in the first place.
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I read this book at a time when I was making an important career decision. The inclusion of mini practices and the simple distillation of the teachings was useful to me, and I... Read morePublished 21 months ago by DaniT
I have given so many copies of this book to friends and co-workers over the years that I have to keep buying more copies. This is one of the most useful books I have ever read.Published on March 23, 2013 by Kathy
I bought this for my wife because she appreciates the Buddha and also is a workaholic that puts in 14 hours a day! Was hoping this might ease her off a bit but noooo. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Fred Dombski
Richmond, a veteran corporate executive and former Zen Buddhist priest, says that people are skeptical about spiritual practice at work. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by Joyce
Got it at the used book store. I liked the title and concept of the book, but the book itself wasn't that great. Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by InfoJunkie
Picked this book up on the recommendation of a friend after making a job change that I wasn't sure was the right fit for me. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Avid reader