New Book

Published September 25, 2018

A detailed investigation into the growing connection between Zen and Silicon Valley

As the technology industry has continued to reach new heights, its workers have begun to look for something more —a sense of fulfillment and purpose beyond long days at their desks— and many have found it in Zen practice. Based on his 30 years as an engineer and manager at IBM, the abbot of Kannon Do, Les Kaye, offers important perspectives on how Zen practice can be applied to everyday work-life balance problems. His insights are paired with interviews with executives, engineers, teachers, and therapists conducted by his student, journalist Teresa Bouza

Available at: Parallax Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound


A truly surprising, brilliant, and wonderful book, reading it, suddenly you see that there is something greater that is before us, right here, right now. Les Kaye and co-author Teresa Bouza reveal up a different kind of mind (and heart) in the midst of Silicon Valley and of our lives. This marvelous book is not only about the search for balance but for meaning in the midst.

 — Joan Halifax, abbot of Upaya Zen Center, Sante Fe, New Mexico
Zen meditation may call forth images of Japanese rock gardens and old monasteries, but Les Kaye places it naturally in the midst of twenty-first-century urban American life. Using interviews with individual practitioners by Teresa Bouza, A Sense of Something Greater vividly illustrates how this simple practice can offer remarkable clarity and ease to those who work in competitive, high-tech, high-stress settings.
 — Kazuaki Tanahashi, Painting Peace at a Time of Global Crisis
A warm, remarkably intimate introduction to a spiritual community in the heart of Silicon Valley. Through personal interviews with the community’s members, we meet the real people of the Valley, as they struggle to find their bearings in the fast lane of the high tech world; through the wise counsel of the community’s leader, Les Kaye, we are welcomed into the ancient tradition of Soto Zen, where meditation is our most natural act and spiritual practice is its own reward.
 — Carl Bielefeldt, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University