Buddhism, India's gift to Steve Jobs

Thursday, 6 October 2011 - 1:52pm IST | Place: NEW YORK | Agency: PTI
Jobs had travelled to India in the late 1970s, with money he had saved working as a technician at a video games manufacturer in the US.
Like it has done to so many icons across the world, India was the source of spirituality to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who later converted to Buddhism.
Jobs had taken a "spiritual retreat to India" and "traversing through the country had sparked Jobs' conversion to Buddhism," a CNN report said.
Jobs had travelled to India in the late 1970s, with money he had saved working as a technician at a video games manufacturer in the US.
He reportedly visited the Neem Karoli Baba at his Kainchi Ashram with a Reed College friend Daniel Kottke in search of spiritual enlightenment.
Born in 1955 in San Francisco, Jobs grew up amid the rise of hippie counter-culture. Bob Dylan and the Beatles were his two favourite musical icons and he shared their political leanings and anti-establishment views.
"Like the Beatles, Jobs took a spiritual retreat to India and regularly walked around his neighbourhood and the office barefoot," the CNN report said.

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