Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational Church hosts Zen book signing May 4

Foothills Congregational Church is scheduled to host a book signing with authors Les Kaye and Teresa Bouza 5-6:30 p.m. May 4 in the church’s Parish Hall, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Kaye and Bouza are co-authors of “A Sense of Something Greater: Zen and the Search for Balance in Silicon Valley” (Parallax Press, 2018), which explores the ways Zen practice awakens people’s inherent spiritual dimension and brings meaning and authenticity to the pressure-packed lives of work and family.

According to 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.” In the book, his teachings are paired with interviews with current tech employees and Zen practitioners, conducted by journalist Bouza. “A Sense of Something Greater” is aimed at business leaders, meditators and Zen practitioners alike.

Kaye has been involved in developing Zen practice for more than 50 years. He started work in 1958 for IBM in San Jose, and for 30-plus years held positions in engineering, sales and management. He became interested in Zen in the mid-1960s and started Zen practice in 1966 with a small group in the garage of a private home in Los Altos.

In 1970, Kaye took a leave of absence to attend a three-month practice at Tassajara Zen Monastery. The following year he was ordained a Zen monk. In 1985, he was authorized as a Zen teacher by the Soto Zen school. He has spent the past 50 years helping to bring the centuries-old practice of Zen to the United States, adapting it to American energies and culture. The Los Altos resident is currently the abbot of Kannon Do Zen Center in Mountain View.

Bouza is a journalist with extensive experience in Europe and the U.S., 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 Spanish business daily Cinco Dias. She is the founder of Datafest, a computing contest to develop technological solutions to challenges such as international migration and life in modern cities.

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