Zen played a role for Jobs
Another new book about late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is due out next month. This one, a graphic narrative, explores the innovator’s spiritual development, say the publishers.
The Zen of Steve Jobs, by Forbes reporter Caleb Melby, is described by Forbes Media as a ‘‘ thoroughly researched interpretation of a welldocumented period’’ in Jobs’ life.
The book focuses on the period from 1985 when Jobs left Apple and founded the computer company, NEXT.
During that time he forged a relationship with a Japanese Soto Zen Buddhist priest, Kobun Chino Otogawa, a spiritual friendship that is re-imagined in The Zen of Steve Jobs, which will be illustrated by the data visualisation firm JESS3.
‘‘Kobun was to Buddhism as Jobs was to technology: a renegade and a maverick,’’ the publishers said. Their time together, they said, was central to the leaps Apple took after Jobs rejoined the company in 1996 and it became a model for design and business strategy. One section takes place at a zen retreat. Kobun teaches Jobs walking meditation and alludes to Jobs’ quest to understand ma, the Japanese design concept.
After Jobs’ return to Apple, his Buddhist experiences influenced his corporate philosophy, the publishers said.