- By Philip Toshio Sudo

Zen Computer

  • Title: Zen Computer
  • Author: Philip Toshio Sudo
  • ISBN: 9780684854106
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • Zen Computer Anyone who has ever cursed a computer will benefit from Zen Computer with its soothing approach to living calmly amid the constant upheavals of new technology In a simple easy to read style Philip

    Anyone who has ever cursed a computer will benefit from Zen Computer, with its soothing approach to living calmly amid the constant upheavals of new technology In a simple, easy to read style, Philip Toshio Sudo shows how the ancient principles of Zen philosophy apply to the modern science of bits and bytes, helping computer novices and the techno savvy alike deal with evAnyone who has ever cursed a computer will benefit from Zen Computer, with its soothing approach to living calmly amid the constant upheavals of new technology In a simple, easy to read style, Philip Toshio Sudo shows how the ancient principles of Zen philosophy apply to the modern science of bits and bytes, helping computer novices and the techno savvy alike deal with everything from computer crashes to major life changes Divided into short, concise chapters, the book includes a user s guide to mindful computing, and features The Seven Rules of Zen Computer Quotes from thinkers such as Blaise Pascal, Albert Einstein, and Bill Gates illustrate the links between Western science and Eastern philosophy, making Zen Computer accessible to all readers, regardless of their familiarity with Zen Filled with Zen stories, samurai maxims, and beautiful artwork that combines Japanese brush painting with digital imagery, Zen Computer shows us how the interface between the traditional and technological can be found right here, right now.

    1 thought on “Zen Computer

    1. I've been returning to this book for over a decade, and still find it's messages relevant today, even if some of the references to technology are a little dated.

    2. [July 1, 2000] I didn't like "Zen Computer" at all. This, coming from someone who found Sudo's "Zen Guitar" a very interesting and enlightening book. I have read a lot of books on Zen and have worked with computers extensively for many years. After reading this book, I feel like I haven't learned anything new about either Zen or computers. Or about not letting the occasional difficulties caused by computers to get to me. It seemed like this book couldn't make up its mind: was it a book on Zen se [...]

    3. Zen Computer by Philip Toshio Sudo is a nifty little volume. The world of computer science is the framework for a series of essays on Zen Buddhism. The Table of Contents looks like the User’s Guide for a standard computer manual including such items as Hardware, Software, Maintenance, Troubleshooting, Programming and Operating Systems. For each section there are stories, koans, mondos and lessons. This balancing between Western science and Eastern philosophy is accentuated by brush paintings, [...]

    4. The computer can be a great source of stress, as it is quite a direct reflection of the human constellation of thoughts. Philip Sudo proposes that even using this stress-inducing machine can be done with the piece of mind that Zen teachers advocate.

    5. Got this one a long time ago, it's a bit fluff-filled, but also kind of calm. I really like the deliberate practice and mindfulness approach to using machines back then.

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