[October 5 update: Apple has announced that Steve Jobs has died.]
By Adam Tebbe
Steve Jobs, the recently retired CEO of Apple, is featured in an upcoming graphic novel put out by Jess3 and Forbes this Fall. The narrative is a re-imagining of Jobs and his relationship with the late Kobun Chino Otogawa, the Soto Zen priest who helped at Tassajara Zen Center during its early years and who went on to establish a vibrant lineage in the United States and Europe. Jobs met Kobun Roshi in the late 1970s while Kobun was at Haiku Zendo (Los Altos Zen Center) in California, and carried on his friendship with the late master in the decade that followed.
More, with a peek at a page from The Zen of Steve Jobs, after the jump — now updated with a link to four full pages from the graphic novel.
While the graphic novel is an imagined version of this student-teacher relationship, it offers what might be for some readers their first glimpse in to Steve Jobs’ exploration of Zen Buddhism, which is alluded to in mainstream media descriptions of the former Apple CEO, but rarely discussed otherwise. Eight pages of the novel will be featured in Forbes’ upcoming Fall 400 issue, with a full digital book released in fall. Above is a little taste of what readers will find awaiting them.
Thanks to Chris Cassidy of Jess3 for permission to post the above excerpt.
Adam Tebbe is owner and editor of Sweeping Zen, an online database of unique interviews with Zen teachers — complete with extensive biographies, audio talks, dharma talk transcripts, Zen news, and more.