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Les Kaye (1933-)
Kakuzen Keido Les Kaye
Les Kaye (born June 14, 1933) is a Soto Zen priest [覚禅 慶道 Kakuzen Keidō]. He started work in 1958 for IBM in San Jose, California, and over thirty years held positions in engineering, sales, management, and software development.
Les became interested in Zen Buddhism in the mid 1960s and started Zen practice in 1966 with a small group in the garage of a private home. In 1970, he took a leave of absence to attend a three-month practice period at Tassajara Zen monastery in California and the following year was ordained as a Zen monk by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki. In 1973, he took an additional leave of absence to attend a second practice period, this time as head monk, and in 1984, Les received Dharma Transmission, authority to teach, from Hoitsu Suzuki son and successor to Shunryu Suzuki. He was appointed teacher at Kannon Do Zen Center in Mountain View, California. He and his wife Mary have two adult children and a grandson and live in Los Altos, California.
His first book was Zen at Work, (Random House, 1996.) and he is also author of the recently published Joyously Through the Days: Living the Journey of Spiritual Practice (Wisdom Publications, 2011).
PDF: Ōryōki : a Manual for the Construction and Use of Eating Bowls > 2nd ed.
Pamphlet by Les Kaye
Kannon Do Zen Center, 1975, 45 pages
PDF: Zen at Work
by Les Kaye
Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1996; Three Rivers Press, 1997
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Foreword Preface Introduction The Quest: A Parable Ch. 1 dual careers 1 Ch. 2 true nature 13 Ch. 3 mind and body 20 Ch. 4 self-expression 27 Ch. 5 an adventure 36 Ch. 6 in reality 52 Ch. 7 relationships 67 Ch. 8 the adventure continues 84 Ch. 9 enlightenment at work 93 Ch. 10 communication 103 Ch. 11 fearlessness 111 Ch. 12 letting go 128 Ch. 13 the spiritual workplace 144 Ch. 14 spiritual life, daily life 157 Notes 167
PDF: A sense of something greater: Zen and the search for balance in Silicon Valley
by Les Kaye & Teresa Bouza
Berkeley : Parallax Press, 2018
Joyously Through the Days: Living the Journey of Spiritual Practice
by Les Kaye; Foreword by Huston Smith.
Wisdom Publications, 2011
Table of Contents
Foreword p. xi Preface p. xv Sources of Difficulty p. 1 Original Foolishness p. 3 The Rough Edges of Anger p. 6 The Complainer p. 9 Stress and Stress Prevention p. 13 The I Have To Trap p. 18 Staying Stuck p. 21 The Wall p. 24 The Emperor's Clothes p. 26 Mind Shadows p. 30 Stagnation p. 34 Carried Away p. 38 No Promises p. 42 Complicating Our Life p. 46 The Practice p. 49 The Skill of Awareness p. 51 Taking Care of Time p. 54 Negative to Positive p. 58 Walking Stones p. 61 Getting Off the Bus p. 65 Breaking the Habit p. 69 Finding Our Self p. 72 Enlightened Communication p. 77 A Sense of Control p. 81 Continuous Effort p. 85 Out of Sight, Out of Mind p. 89 The Meaning of Courtesy p. 92 Coming Down from the Attic p. 95 Tuning Our Life p. 99 Asking the Right Question p. 103 The High Road p. 107 Composure p. 111 Happiness p. 113 Truth in the Ordinary p. 116 A Meaningful Life p. 120 Caring p. 122 Fearlessness p. 126 Never Out of Stock p. 130 Love in the Larger Sense p. 134 The Source of Compassion p. 139 Spirituality and Technology p. 143 Life Is Not a Commodity p. 150 Sanctuary p. 154 Subtlety p. 158 True Creativity p. 161 We Are Needed p. 163 The Natural World p. 167 Epilogue p. 171 Appendix: A Basic Introduction to Zazen-Spiritual Practice in the Zen Tradition p. 175 Index p. 181 About the Author p. 189