How Zen Mediation Changed Steve Jobs

By on January 17, 2015

“When Steve Jobs showed up at the San Francisco airport at the age of 19, his parents didn’t recognize him.

Jobs, a Reed College dropout, had just spent a few months in India.

He had gone to meet the region’s contemplative traditions — Hinduism, Buddhism — and the Indian sun had darkened his skin a few shades.

The trip changed him in less obvious ways, too.

Although you couldn’t predict it then, his travels would end up changing the business world.”

The above quote is taken from an Drake Baer article by at Business Insider UK.

Read the whole article on how zen meditation changed Steve Jobs’ life and sparked a design revolution…

It’s amazing to think that zen meditation helped influence Apple’s design (among other things). Just take a look at how round and zen-like the Apple mouse is.

We should also be thankful that Job’s teacher, Otogawa, told him to go back to California:

“Jobs felt such resonance with Zen that he considered moving to Japan to deepen his practice. But Otogawa [his teacher] told him he had work to do in California.

Evidently, Otogawa was a pretty insightful guy.”

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