They created a meditation room in the attic crawl space above Elizabeth Holmes's room and fixed it up with Indian prints, a dhurrie rug, candles, incense, and meditation cushions.
"There was a hatch in the ceiling leading to an attic which had a huge amount of space," Jobs said.
"We took psychedelic drugs there sometimes, but mainly we just meditated."
Jobs's engagement with Eastern spirituality, and especially Zen Buddhism, was not just some passing fancy or youthful dabbling.
He embraced it with his typical intensity, and it became deeply ingrained in his personality.
"Steve is very much Zen," said Kottke. "It was a deep influence. You see it in his whole approach of stark, minimalist aesthetics, intense focus."
Jobs also became deeply influenced by the emphasis that Buddhism places on intuition.
"I began to realize that an intuitive understanding and consciousness was more significant than abstract thinking and intellectual logical analysis," he later said.
His intensity, however, made it difficult for him to achieve inner peace; his Zen awareness was not accompanied by an excess of calm, peace of mind, or interpersonal mellowness.
He and Kottke enjoyed playing a nineteenth-century German variant of chess called Kriegspiel, in which the players sit back-to-back;
each has his own board and pieces and cannot see those of his opponent.
A moderator informs them if a move they want to make is legal or illegal, and they have to try to figure out where their opponent's pieces are.
"The wildest game I played with them was during a lashing rainstorm sitting by the fireside," recalled Holmes, who served as moderator.
"They were tripping on acid. They were moving so fast I could barely keep up with them."
Another book that deeply influenced Jobs during his freshman year was Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé, which extolled the personal and planetary benefits of vegetarianism.
"That's when I swore off meat pretty much for good," he recalled.