Zachary E. Whittington Wins the Best Undergraduate Paper in Buddhist Studies for 2014-15

Best Undergraduate Paper on Buddhism 2014-15 entitled “Zen and the Art of the Startup” by Zachary E. Whittington

This paper addresses the question of whether Silicon Valley can benefit from Zen Buddhist ideology in a meaningful way. It finds that while most “Zen” services in the area are currently commercialized perversions of Buddhism, there is realistic hope for deeper interaction. There exists both a promising philosophical groundwork and a documented historical precedent for a deeper ideological marriage of Zen Buddhism and Silicon Valley culture.