The Zen Programmer
The Zen Programmer
About the Book
This book will teach you there are more than just emails, phonecalls, and urgent issues. What Zen teachers told us hundreds of years ago is still true today: we can say "No" and we have our lives in our own hands. Zen is not only for famous corporate leaders like Steve Jobs. It is for you. It is not for weekends. You can practice Zen at any time, even now, right this second.
- How I Learned to Sit Down
- What Is Zen?
- Hell and the Four Noble Truths
- The Gadget Ghost
- The Eightfold Path
Why Zen Programming?
- The Things We Have to Deal With
- You Live Alone, You Die Alone
Kizen and Other Practices
- Ki 気: Breath and Vitality
- Kizen 記禅: The Way of Code
- Defeat the Mind Monkey
Zen Is About You
- Others Don’t Treat Me Well
- I Deserve It
- I Had a Bad Childhood
- I Know It Better
- It’s Your Life
- What Is Ego?
- Ego Makes You Do Things
- Egoless Programming
- The Invisible Ego
- Shut Up
Zen Is Hard Work
- The Right Time for Zen Is Any Time
- You Cannot Separate Your Mind from Your Body
- Don’t Become a Job Title Addict
- Running Water
- Beginner’s Mind
- Coding Like a Tenzo
- Karma Code
The Other People
- The Buddha Programmer
- Teacher and Student
- Hungry Ghosts
Zenify Your Project
- Sun Tsu and the General
- The Path of Ruin
- It’s Never That Bad
- Laugh When You Are Desperate
The Ten Rules of a Zen Programmer
- 1. Focus
- 2. Keep Your Mind Clear
- 3. Beginner’s Mind
- 4. No Ego
- 5. There Is No Career Goal
- 6. Shut Up
- 7. Mindfulness. Care. Awareness.
- 8. There Is No Boss
- 9. Do Something Else
- 10. There Is Nothing Special
- What Now?
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