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A Sense of Something Greater

Zen and the Search for Balance in Silicon Valley

Les Kaye, Teresa Bouza, Natalie Goldberg (Foreword by)


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Welcome to Silicon Valley’s search for fulfillment and purpose beyond devices, money, and power. 

With worker stress at an all-time high, particularly in the fast-paced technology industry, it’s no surprise that Google, Salesforce, and Apple have adopted mindfulness and meditation into their workplace culture. Studies show mindfulness practice increases emotional intelligence, reduces stress, and enhances health and overall well-being.
A Sense of Something Greater goes deeper than the current mindfulness trend, into the heart of Zen practice. For Les Kaye, Zen is more than awareness––it’s also “the continued determination to be authentic in relationships, to create meaningful, intimate, intentional bonds with people, things, and the environment.” Kaye’s teachings are paired with interviews with current tech employees and Zen practitioners, conducted by journalist Teresa Bouza. A Sense of Something Greater is an essential book for business leaders, mindfulness meditators, and Zen practitioners alike.

Praise For A Sense of Something Greater: Zen and the Search for Balance in Silicon Valley

“A truly surprising, brilliant, and wonderful book. Reading it, you suddenly see
that there is something greater that is before us, right here, right now. Les
Kaye and co-author Teresa Bouza reveal 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.”
—ROSHI JOAN HALIFAX, Upaya Zen Center, author of Standing at the Edge
“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

Parallax Press, 9781946764218, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

About the Author

Les Kaye worked for IBM in San Jose, California, and for over thirty years held positions in engineering, sales, and management. Les started Zen practice in 1966 with a small group in the garage of a private home. He was ordained a Zen monk by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki in 1971. In 1985, he was appointed teacher at Kannon Do Zen Center in Mountain View, California. His first book, Zen at Work, includes stories of how his own meditation practice enhanced the quality of his life and work. He and his wife Mary live in Los Altos.
Teresa Bouza is a journalist with extensive experience in Europe and the United States, most recently covering technology and innovation in Silicon Valley. She has worked for The Wall Street Journal as well as Spain’s global news agency EFE and the Spanish business daily Cinco Dias. Bouza has a master’s degree from Columbia University and was a Knight Fellow at Stanford in 2012.