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 San Francisco Zen Center from 2003-2013 and held a variety of temple and administrative positions. Since 2014, 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 San Francisco Bay area.