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Afternoon Brain Death vs Awake at Work: Best Books on Buddhist Practice at Work

An IDP blog reader who's preparing a paper for a Business Speech Communications class asked me which books I'd recommend to someone investigating business and work from the perspective of mindfulness and Buddhism.

For a few years, I've been fascinated by integrating Buddhist practices, philosophies, and psychology into my workplace. Especially in that post-lunch lethargy, aka Afternoon Brain Death, I've been know to troll Buddhist sites and blogs in an effort, quite literally, to stay awake. There are a surprising number of them out there, but I know I haven't found them all.

I recommended three books to the business student:

Michael Carroll's Awake at Work (Shambhala 2004) and The Mindful Leader (Shambhala 2007)

Geshe Michael Roach's The Diamond Cutter (Doubleday, 1999; new edition 2009)

The Carroll and Roach books are very different, as are the authors, to say the least. I hope this business student gets an interesting perspective on the breadth of this topic, and I invited him to post a journal entry on it here.

I'm still very interested in working with my practice at work. Fascinating in fact. And of course, I've come to find that my practice is working with my work, my family, my friends, the bus driver, coffee, the cats, piles of books, the computer, and that bathroom door that won't close. 

What Chogyam Trunpa called "post-meditation." Post-meditation = daily life, yes, but note: it's not post-meditation if you don't meditate. I'm gonna do some right now.

"As human beings, we are basically awake and we can understand reality.  We are not enslaved by our lives; we are free.  Being free…means simply that we have a body and a mind, and we can uplift ourselves in order to work with reality in a dignified and humorous way…we can handle our universe properly and fully…"

– Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

What are your favorite business and Buddhism books?

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