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Good Morning Monday: Steve Jobs' Zen Teacher

To be born on this earth is to have the whole thing. From the beginning there are precise distinctions between things, but the whole thing is yourself. That is how it started. When we become deeply involved in precise discrimination between things for a long time, we forget our original self. We do not lose that original nature, but we forget. To sit is to recover that original nature fully, and to stay with it for a while. Kobun Chino Roshi

Influencial Zen teacher, Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi, is best known for his relationship with Steve Jobs.  Recently, he's shown talking about his famous student in a new documentary about Jobs, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.    Taken from an old interview, Kobun Chino relates how as a young man, Jobs told him he was enlightened.  Kobun Chino asked him for proof.  A week later, Jobs returned with a computer processor chip he created.  Kobun Chino says “He’s brilliant but too smart, I think.”

I've studied with a student of Kobun Chino Roshi, and through this teacher and through reading Kobun Chino's teachings and talks, I feel very connected to him.  Though he died long before I met the dharma, I continue to learn and be encouraged by his wisdom and compassion.  You can read more about him and his work at this website:  http://www.kobunroshi.net/self.php

Happy Monday Everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

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