Kobun Chino Otogowa Mentors

Zen guru Kobun Chino as he wed Laurene Powell and Steve Jobs, 18 Mar 1991
Zen guru Kobun Chino as he wed Laurene Powell and Steve Jobs, 18 Mar 1991

Name
Kobun Chino Otogowa
Relationship to Steve
Guru, Spiritual adviser
Short Bio

Kobun Chino Otogowa was Steve's zen guru from the Los Altos Zen Center, back in the 1970s. He is credited for telling Steve to start Apple rather than becoming a Zen monk. When Steve Jobs started NeXT in 1986, he was prompt to name Kobun 'spiritual advisor' to the company; and five years later, although he was not the best at speaking English, Chino conducted Steve's wedding ceremony with Laurene Powell. Kobun Chino died trying to save his daughter from drowning in 2002.

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