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.
Les Kaye is abbot of Kannon Do, a Zen center in Silicon Valley. For more than 30 years, he also worked at IBM in technical and administrative positions. He was ordained as a Zen monk by Shunryu Suzuki in 1971, and he was appointed spiritual leader of Kannon Do in 1982. In 1986, he was recognized as a Zen teacher and a successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki.
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.
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