With Valorie Beer
Suggested donation: $ 25 members, $40 non-members. No-one turned away for lack of funds.
The Buddha's sangha included laymen and laywoman. "Staying home and following the way" is a foundation of Buddhist practice -- one doesn't need to become a monastic in order to actively and mindfully reduce suffering in the world. This class will focus not on practices that should be added to our busy lives, but on how we can bring practice to every moment during our day.
Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, when she moved to City Center. After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now temporarily supporting a Branching Streams sangha in New Rochelle, NY. Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a twenty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.
Academic and Training Background: Valorie holds a PhD and MS in Education from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.