Watch: Jon Stewart, Walter Isaacson, 60 Minutes on Steve Jobs’ Buddhism, Zen teacher Kobun Chino Roshi, Weeping, Reality-Distortion Field.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 26, 2011
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Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi.

The Zen of Steve Jobs:

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ~ SJ

If you’re an entrepreneur, a doer, a dreamer: Three videos worth your time.

A complicated, heartful, brilliant innovator, artist, businessman, meditator…and even, 1990 or so, a great family man despite a…well, complicated origins story.

He was a genuine, and frequent weeper:

“Did you know Steve Jobs read Chögyam Trungpa? According to this article in the Huffington Post, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism was one of his favorite books in college.”

Kobun presided over Steve Jobs’ 1991 marriage to Laurene Powell.


His Buddhist teacher, Kobun Chino Roshi, who I knew a bit growing up in an American Buddhist community—was the most elegant and gentle man I’ve ever met. He was a master calligrapher (calligraphy, in Buddhism, is a demonstration of mind and heart, not “just” an artform, it’s like meditation or prayer). He died, tragically, a few years back, trying to save his daughter from drowning despite not knowing how to swim himself—that’s heartbreaking love and bravery.

He studied at the Los Altos Zen Center, which is where he formed a bond with Kobun Chino Roshi, who he reportedly later named as corporate spiritual advisor to Apple (?).

The more you sense the rareness and value of your own life, the more you realize that how you use it, how you manifest it, is all your responsibility. We face such a big task, so naturally we sit down for awhile.

~ Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi

Images via Forbes.

Kobun Chino Roshi makes a few brief appearances here: the video generally is worth your time. I watched this the other night and was thoroughly inspired.

Official video:

His memorial:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Watch: Jon Stewart, Walter Isaacson, 60 Minutes on Steve Jobs’ Buddhism, Zen teacher Kobun Chino Roshi, Weeping, Reality-Distortion Field.”

  1. I love this. There have been so many great tributes to Steve Jobs since his death. But this…when it seems like there are so many who point to selling out, being soulless, and ruthless as the road to (financial…if not genuine) success…I will remember Steve Jobs instead.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    If anyone knows more about connection between Steve and meditation, Zen, Buddhism, Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi…please do leave a comment or link, and I'll add it in as appropriate. I know only what I've said and linked above. Thanks, all! ~ Waylon

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