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Vincent Horn – Technology and Mindfulness

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For some readers this interview might be their first encounter with the possibility of integrating Buddhism and technology into life and potentially leadership. Where should such a person start? What should he or she do?

I think the first thing is to acknowledge if you’re in the business realm or any other corporate system like that, then you’ve probably been focusing on external things—cash flow, building businesses, and all these third-person objective systems. That perspective is obviously extremely profound, and it works, but the thing it doesn’t acknowledge is what Buddhism has so brilliantly to offer: The internal, subjective, first-person experience is also simultaneously wrapped into the stuff we do, all the businesses, and all the projects. It’s all happening within us as well.

The internal, subjective, first-person experience is also simultaneously wrapped into the stuff we do, all the businesses, and all the projects. It’s all happening within us as well

If we only have tools and models to address the outside vs. the tools and models to address the inside, then trying to be an innovator really leaves us impoverished without the resources that we need and without an inherent, deep, personal meaning. What is the purpose of innovation aside from just putting something out into the world? Isn’t it also a personal journey of some sort? Isn’t there a transformative process that we’re going through as part of that?

I think the first thing is to recognize a need for those inner resources and tools to draw upon because they are an integral part of the process that we’re going through as innovators. We can’t ignore them. We can meditate and try to cope, but that’s different from fully utilizing the inner world as part of the process. Buddhism is one of many ways of approaching that. It has a lot to offer a culture that is still in reaction to its own religious heritage in the sense that it’s not so displeasing. That alone might be reason enough to check out Buddhist approaches. I think that’s where I would start.

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Vince Horn – Chief Geek, Buddhist Geeks

Vincent Horn is a Buddhist Geek and digital innovator. In addition to being an experienced meditation practitioner, and teacher, Vincent co-founded the popular media company Buddhist Geeks where he currently serves as Chief Geek. His work focuses on the fusion of nascent technology and contemplative wisdom, and has been featured on the pages of WiredFast CompanyTricycle, and the Los Angeles Times. Along with his wife Emily, he makes his home in Boulder, Colorado—that is until the distinction between atoms and bits dissolves completely.