Available September 25, 2018
A detailed investigation into the growing connection between Zen and Silicon Valley, the abbot of Kannon Do Zen center, a former manager at IBM.
As the technology industry has continued to reach new heights, technology workers have begun to look for something more—a sense of fulfillment and purpose beyond their long days at their desks—and many have found it in Zen practice. Les Kaye brings the full weight of his experience as a long time employee of IBM and the abbot of Kannon Do Zen Center to bear in this balanced, nuanced investigation into the relationship between Silicon Valley—and the wealth and privilege that the region enjoys—and Zen practice, which first made its mark in California in the 1960s and ’70s. Interviews with current technology company employees and Zen practitioners, conducted by Teresa Bouza, are interspersed throughout the book, along with accessible teachings and Zen analysis from Kaye.
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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