GREAT 4 IDEA: Add Spirituality to Your Business Life

Peter Oppermann studied mechanical engineering in Germany, but was always drawn to the arts, design, and Eastern philosophy. He moved to New York to marry a yoga teacher and started teaching yoga, but when the marriage ended, he followed his passion to create simple, elegant designs.

Today, he owns Shoji Living, a company that designs and manufactures Japanese-style sliding doors out of sustainable materials.

Oppermann said he's been inspired by The Diamond Cutter, a book written by Michael Roach, a Buddhist monk turned millionaire businessman. In fact, Oppermann teaches classes in “Karmic management,” based on the book's principles, to ex-convicts learning new skills at the Osborne Association's ...

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