Welcoming Visiting Teacher, Rev. Kyosho Valorie Beer

AZC is welcoming our first visiting teacher this Spring, Rev. Kyosho Valorie Beer from the San Francisco Zen Center.

During her visit at AZC, Rev. Kyosho will lead zazen and service, offer a dharma talk, and is available for private interview. She will be guiding the sewing of Buddha’s robe (rakusu) at various times during the day and some evenings. Those who have been given permission by their teacher to sew in preparation for receiving the precepts in the Jukai ceremony are encouraged to come sew. Those who have already received a rakusu but need repairs are also invited to work with Kyosho and our AZC sewing teacher, Kaishin. There will also be the opportunity to sew orkyoki cloths either for personal use or for the temple. 

For questions, please contact Kaishin

Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a Zen 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 (Head of Meditation Hall), and is now supporting the Branching Streams sanghas as a visiting teacher. 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, she is a private pilot, and she is the mother of a thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.

At SFZC, Valorie is a practice leader and a teacher for Sewing Buddha’s Robe; has also taught sutra copying, practicing with aging, and writing as a spiritual practice; and has led retreats at SFZC-affiliated sanghas.