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"Practicing with Calamities"--Guest dharma talk by Kyosho Valorie Beer

  • Mountain Rain Zendo 2016 Wall Street Vancouver, BC, V5L 1J5 Canada (map)

Part of our Wednesday evening practice period dharma seminar series. Everyone welcome!

Practicing with Calamities

Our practice is to reduce suffering.  But what if we can't?  How do we at least not make things worse?  How can we nurture resilience amid the headlines?

Kyōshō 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 Espe 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.  Since 2013, Valorie has been a visiting teacher to SFZC’s Branching Streams sanghas. Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a daughter who lives in the Bay Area.