As a novice I was reading through a Bhuddist book that inspired Jobs, and trying to square it with how we the public see Steve Jobs, versus what he accomplished. Purely from the view of appreciating what he accomplished, there is value in trying to understand his take on what could be his core belief system.
Was Steve Jobs overall vision to bring Bhuddist concepts through technology ? Was his vision to create tools to shape society and the world, not just experience it? Not as passive passenger, but aggressive reshaping, flying in the face of common beliefs. Have a holistic understanding, but live in the now and what is possible now. We can see engineering and programming as art that is usable, not just understanding the world but reshaping it. His concept of programmers and engineers as artists, as in somewhat enlightened state, his appreciation of expert coders further along that state. One ness, being an artist, but being able to create real working things. His madness at poor ideas or implementation, what he saw as inferior creation, and anger at those he saw not living or seeing their own ability. Do not passively understand, but understand through action. Remove desire by creation.
So his concept of tech was a stepping through the teachings of Buddhism, his understanding the levels and applying it to technology. What he saw as the obvious path, pulled from above to below, concept to details.
There is a clear difference between what he produced (understanding the whole concept, not parts), how he dealt with coworkers (prajna), how he dealt with the public (teaching beginners), waiting for “the gap” to explain his timing, and how he lived. While these parts are seemingly different at the appearance level, which is the level that is reported and discussed in popular media, it is perhaps not so disjointed if his take on philosophy is taken in its whole.
A core Bhuddist principle is make peace. Get rid of desire by not wanting, through pure understanding. Jobs take on it perhaps was to get rid of desire by sheer will of force, causing things to be created which should be created, which reduces desire. Jobs was not to make peace with just everything that currently exists, but with everything that should exist, then his duty is to cause it to exist. Is that the path to enlightenment, not passive understanding, but full involvement ?
I do not profess an understanding of Bhuddism, and that is likely clear. I do think Jobs internalized its core beliefs however, but changed them to fit his world view. I believe the closest we can come to that is using a modified base of bhuddism - the fundamental change is understanding through creation. The statements given by Jonathan Ive at Steve Jobs eulogy speak to an alignment : ”A victory for beauty. For purity. And for he would say, giving a damn. ” …. “ Sometimes they took the air from the room. They left us both completely silent. Bold crazy magnificent ideas. ” …. “ Or quiet simple ideas. Which in their subtly, their detail, they were utterly profound. ” …. “ The joy of getting there. His simply delight. “. Is that technology or art ? Is that technology, or the core concept of creation, of the path and process, of an attempt at understanding through creating.