Reading Lila PDF


I thought I was finished with Reading Lila – but it resurfaced in my consciousness. This time around the content became associated with my images. So after a week of random & associative browsing through my image archives I have put together a PDF version of the excerpt with a more personal touch and a more pleasant finish.

Click here to download “Reading Lila” in PDF format

As I was working on this PDF, I visited my photography website StillCreation. I wasn’t happy with it at all and so decided to bring it down. I created StillCreation with the intent of sharing some of the inspiration I was experiencing at the time. My experiences took place in unique and intimate settings. I was hoping that my images would extend the reach of those experiences and that the inspiration would travel further. I feel I failed at doing that. If I one day encounter new inspiration and actionable ideas how to do this better – I may try again. For now I prefer silence.

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  1. Posted May 25, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    This is great. "Zen and the Art…" was one of the most influential books of my post-college days, but I've never read Lila. Now I'll start with your pdf.

    Now that you have this great new illustrated pdf, I suggest you put the images into the html version as well to make them consistent. The pdf introduction still contains language that says the html version is better, so I clicked back over there, then was confused that I wasn't seeing any images.

    I wondered what all those Tweets were.

    • iamronen
      Posted May 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

      I'm happy you found this and took it in. I do hope that this game I've played brings Lila closer to a few more people. Robert Pirsig has been an amazing inspiration in making sense and being at peace with the world I perceive.

      The PDF took the better part of a week to create – so I don't really have the bandwidth right now to continue embedding the images into the html version. I am also not convinced that it will improve the html reading experience … but I thank you for making the wish and I will let it resonate in me some more 🙂

      I'd love to hear more about your Lila experience as you work your way into it 🙂

    • Posted June 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      It took some time and worked it's way into an updated website design – now Lila is available online with the images. I invite you to have a look:

      • Posted June 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

        Hi. Getting error messages on this at the moment, in case you're not aware of the problem. Look forward to viewing when fixed.


        • Posted June 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

          Thank you Bob 🙂 I knew about the problems – just completed a major upgrade to my hosting infrastructures. Come on in 🙂

  2. Mark Essel
    Posted May 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Very excited about reading the PDF next week on my flight to Hawaii.

    I will have time to enjoy your imagery more then.

    • Posted May 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for checking it out Mark 🙂

      Have a great time in Hawaii – would love to hear impressions of Lila 🙂

      • Mark Essel
        Posted May 25, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

        I couldn't find an ebook format (Kindle, pdf) of Lila. Do you know of one?

        • Posted May 26, 2010 at 6:10 am | Permalink

          I've never even seen a Kindle or other ebook device 🙂

  3. Posted April 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I would love finding Lila in ebook format… Since I bought my new Kindle I am loading it with all I want to read, thanks for the info, you save me time looking for it!

    • Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:39 am | Permalink

      you are quite welcome BUT it isn't "Lila" … but a kind of excerpts collection that I selected 🙂

  4. Posted April 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I, too, have read “Lila…” three times (so far). If I were limited to recommending Only One Book it would be this one. Thank you so much for compiling this beautifully illustrated, condensed version. Now you’ve made it even easier for me to share. Thanks, again!

    • Posted April 15, 2015 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

      thank you for your comment Lori 🙂 it was for my own referencing needs that I created it … and I am glad it can be of service to you too 🙂

  5. Posted April 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    This is what I’ve written with “Lila…” as a significant influence…

  6. Mike
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    I was looking to buy a copy of Lila for a friend in line when i found your site…. what a wonderful job you have done … thank you … magnificent images and the extracts are great…. I found it has always been very hard to find that little bit sized bit of Prisig to quote …. you some how mastered it. I read Lila … back to back 3 times first time around … and then put it from the book shelf when in need. Thank you Mike

    • Posted February 3, 2017 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your attention and kind words Mike.
      It is nice to feel a connection with another passionate Lila reader 🙂

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