Buddhism in the West
EENI - Business School.
Sub-subject: Influence of Buddhism on the Western Civilisation (Steve Jobs, William Ford…) Syllabus:
- Influence of Buddhist Civilisation
on the Christian Western
- Case studies:
- Steve Jobs (Apple)
- William Clay “Bill” Ford, Jr. (Ford Motor Company)
Sample of the sub-subject: Influence of Buddhism on the West
Sub-Subject Description: Influence of Buddhism on the West
In the West, there are many world-famous Buddhist, many of them related to the culture.
- Conductors: Herbert von Karajan and Sergiu Celibidache
- Musicians: Tina Turner, Courtney Love, Steven Seagal, Leonard Cohen, Philip
Glass, Herbie Hancock, and John Cage
- Actors: Sharon Stone, Orlando Bloom, Kate Bosworth, and Goldie Hawn
- Film Directors: Oliver Stone
- Athletes: Tiger Woods, Roberto Baggio
- Writers: Jack Kerouac
- … and even Lisa Simpson.
Many people know the co-founder of Apple, but perhaps not many know
that Steve Jobs was a Zen Buddhist. Jobs was born in California on February 1955. His father was a Muslim of Syrian origin and his mother of
In 1976, along with his friend Steve Wozniak created Apple in his garage. In 1981, he became a multimillionaire. In 1985, Apple's Board of Directors dismissed him; Jobs sold all its shares except one. It is interesting to note, that Jobs did not invent anything new, but he knew how
to re-invent many businesses.
In 1973, he lived for seven months in India. When he returned to the United States; he had his head shaved. Jobs studied Zen at the Zen centre of Los Altos, and there arise a deep friendship with his spiritual Zen master, Kobun
Chino Otogawa (d. 2002). He began the Zen meditation.
The influence of the sobriety of the Zen Buddhism is notorious in the designs of Apple or NeXT, and perhaps ease of use of its operating systems are also related to the Zen influence.
William Clay “Bill” Ford, Jr.
William Clay “Bill” Ford, Jr. Is the great-grandson of Henry Ford and Henry
Firestone (tires) and currently, is the Executive President of Ford Motor Company (United States).
Previously; he was a senior Executive at other large companies such as Boeing.
He is also the Vice President of the Detroit Lions NFL.
“We want to be green, global, and high-tech” William
Clay Ford, Jr
Besides martial arts, acupuncture and homeopathy he studied yoga, Zen
Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Vipassana. He has been vegetarian for
a decade. Although never positioned itself as Buddhist, the influence of Buddhism seems to be
vital in his life.
“In nature is where my heart is” William Clay
Religions and business - Buddhism: Mahayana and theravada, Buddhist ethics, Buddhist Economics