Other Offerings of Geshe Michael Roach to the International Community

Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP)

The Asian Classics Input Project locates, catalogs, preserves, and distributes rare and precious Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, dating back more than 2,500 years. In many cases, these manuscripts are the only surviving vestiges of ancient Asian cultures. ACIP's mission is to offer these texts free of charge to practitioners, historians, and readers across the globe. 

Many employees of ACIP are refugees from the areas of economic or political strife, where these texts were found. ACIP provides these individuals the opportunity to preserve rich cultural traditions, and to learn new skills to support themselves and their families.

Since its inception in 1988, ACIP has preserved and digitized more than two million pages and tens of thousands of pages of searchable e-books and catalogs distributed to the public free of charge.

Asian Classics Institute


Diamond Cutter Institute (DCI)

The goal of the Diamond Cutter Institute is to help people around the world achieve success in every aspect of their lives: to reach financial prosperity and a successful and satisfying career; to become full of energy; to enjoy warm and lasting personal relationships; to become a calm and more focused person; and to help change our family, our community, and our country.

The Diamond Cutter Institute offers one important new idea to make all these things happen. It is based upon the abiding truth that everything which happens to us in life comes from the way that we treat other people. Except that The Diamond Cutter Institute offers a clear explanation of how what we do to others is stored as a seed in our mind. This seed ripens in the mind and then determines the things and people that we see all around us. If we receive careful training on how to plant and nurture the right seeds, then we have the power to make any dream we want come true in our life, right now.

The name of The Diamond Cutter Institute is taken from an ancient book called “The Diamond Cutter Sutra.” This is the oldest printed book in the world, and is found in many countries in Asia. It explains all the important ideas about how we plant the seeds that create our life, and our world.

The Diamond Cutter Institute was founded by Michael Roach. Michael grew up in the United States, and graduated with honors from Princeton University. He has received the Presidential Scholar Medal at the White House, from the President of the United States. He spent 25 years in a traditional monastery, and is the first American in 600 years to be awarded the title of Geshe, or Master.

Michael wanted to contribute to the support of the refugees in India, and so he helped found a company in Manhattan called the Andin International Diamond Corporation. The firm was started with a small loan, and became one of the fastest-growing companies in the history of New York City. It reached $250 million dollars in annual sales, and in 2009 was purchased by finance wizard Warren Buffett.

Doubleday Publishers of New York asked Michael to write a book about how he used ancient wisdom to create this great success. The book is called The Diamond Cutter, and it has become an international bestseller. The Diamond Cutter has been translated into 20 languages, and has been used by over a million people around the world to reach success at work and in their personal lives. Assisted by a staff of senior teachers trained at the Institute, Michael travels the world sharing the ancient wisdom he has learned, in lectures, workshops, and weekend retreat seminars.

The Knowledge Base

Diamond Mountain Retreat Center

Bowie, Arizona, U.S.A.

In 2000, just before the events of 9/11, a group of New Yorkers trying to get some relief from the stress of their corporate jobs and the blare of their cellphones visited the desert foothills of southern Arizona and fell in love with the fresh air and tranquility.

During our first visit we camped out in tents on the pristine desert land and enjoyed mountain hikes and campfire get-togethers.  We began looking for a piece of land where we could put up some simple cabins, and we found historic Bear Springs.

This is one of the vital natural springs in southern Arizona and makes the land rich in desert wildlife and plants. Next door is Fort Bowie National Historic Site, which played a big part in the Wild West days of the southwestern United States.

The Native American leaders Cochise and Geronimo walked this land, along with their Apache relatives. One of the original fort buildings, still sporting lookout slits in the adobe walls, is now one of our guest cottages.

In time, more and more visitors started showing up, as word of our little desert oasis got out. We started building more guest cottages on the 1,000 acres here, spread out away from each other through quiet nooks in the lovely foothills.  In 2014, we decided to “go public” as an affordable, elegant, peace-and-quiet resort and retreat center.


We are now open to individuals and groups of up to 100 people for a weekend, a week or more of quiet living in nature. Spend time alone and re-charge with long walks and private contemplation, sleep in or read a book; or bring your company for a weekend of strategy sessions in our spacious group facilities.

We are big on ecology and the electricity in your cottage will most likely come from our hi-tech solar panels, with a nice new bed and luxurious linens; unparalleled desert views; night skies with more stars than you’ve ever seen, guaranteed; a charming kitchen; and if you want, a separate room for reading or meditation or painting or whatever suits your fancy.

If you prefer, we can deliver healthy, yummy groceries to your cottage door.  For groups,  dine in our brand-new million-dollar dining room (complete with coffeeshop!). Our professional and knowledgable staff, experienced in the art of desert tranquility can help you to design your stay for maximum relaxation and inspiration for your life back home.

Sedona College for International Management

Sedona, Arizona, U.S.A.

The Sedona College of International Management draws from years of experience in finding, preserving and translating ancient classics into a modern form that can be put to practical use in everyday business and personal life.
SCIM Administrators network regularly with international entrepreneurs from over 20 countries to develop revolutionary ideas and methods for leadership and personal success, which come from some of the greatest literature in history.  The Global network of SCIM partners holds an annual Innovation Summit at the Sedona Headquarters, where leaders from the business, government and private sectors can discuss cutting-edge research and products, share strategies and inspirations, and collaborate on new businesses and emerging industries.