The Zen Programmer
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The Zen Programmer

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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.

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Christian Grobmeier
Christian Grobmeier

Christian sold his first website back in 1998. Since then he worked as a web developer, a consultant, an architect, a manager, a tester, and much more. He has had many different customers: banks, tiny companies, and huge merchants. He has worked in open spaces together with eighty other people and alone in his home office. At a time when he worked seventy-five hours a week and could have become an actor in a Zombie movie without makeup, he started practicing Zen.

Since then, the way he worked has changed significantly. He has learned to say "No" and can almost fall asleep when he is tired. He delivers better products and smiles more often.

Today, Christian is building up his own company and provides freelancer services. In his free time, he practices Zen and studies Psychology at a German university.

About the Contributors

Zach Low
Zach Low
Zach Low is a freelance proofreader and teacher of English as a foreign language. Unable to escape from language in his professional life, he seeks solace in his free time by learning new ones.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • How I Learned to Sit Down
    • What Is Zen?
  • On Buddhism
    • Hell and the Four Noble Truths
    • The Gadget Ghost
    • The Eightfold Path
  • Why Zen Programming?
    • The Things We Have to Deal With
    • Burnout
    • You Live Alone, You Die Alone
  • Kizen and Other Practices
    • Introduction
    • 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
  • No Ego
    • 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
    • Career
    • You Cannot Separate Your Mind from Your Body
    • Learn
    • 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
    • Incompetence
  • 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?
  • Bibliography

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