Upcoming Book Release

Available September 25, 2018

A detailed investigation into the unlikely but growing connection between Zen and Silicon Valley, from a former employee of IBM and the abbot of Kannon Do Zen center.

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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Endorsements

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