Calming, Reflective, Worthwhile,
Although I agree with some reviewer’s who feel that this book is mostly about Howard Cutler’s efforts to draw out the Dalai Lama, I also feel that the Dalai Lama is a full party to this effort, is no fool, and understands that lending his name to this book could be helpful in reaching many many more people than would every give a hoot about anything Howard Cutler, MD, might have to say. On that basis, I give the book a solid four stars.
Although Peter Drucker and I have both written about “work as a calling” and the importance of finding joy in what you do, and that could serve as a one-sentence summary of the book, there is more to this book than that. Taken with patience, and used as a mind-calming exercise to slowly read a chapter or two and then apply it to one’s own (presumably uncalm) work environment, the book could serve as a touchstone for “backing off” and reflecting.
There are a number of books on Zen Buddhism, and my very own all time favorite, not by a Zen Buddhist, on Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, and they all seem to boil down to fulfillment within the circumstances, making the most of what you have, treating everyone as an equal, and being glad you are not in a Turkish jail on drug charges–life could be worse.
I bought the book, the Dalai Lama lent his name to it, it can’t be any worse for you that a diet drink loaded with Nutra-Sweet.
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