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Bringing Compassion and Wisdom to Everyday Life with Valorie Beer


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This Class

The Buddha’s sangha included laymen and laywomen. “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 practices of wisdom and compassion to every moment during our day.
Time for meditation and discussion is included.

Individual meetings (“dokusan”) with Valorie to discuss one’s practice will be available Monday 5/21.


The fee is on a sliding scale of $20 to $60, according to ability. A few days prior to the retreat the minimum fee increases to $25. Please register as generously as possible as dana is included in this registration.

Until Tuesday, May 15: $20 to $60
After Tuesday, May 15: $25 to $60

Scholarships are available upon request. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact the registrar, Kären Briggs at karen01@surewest.net to arrange for financial assistance.

If you wish to pay at the door or via check to the registrar, those options are available to you on the payment information page after you click the green "Register" button, enter the desired money amount and click the green "Checkout" button.

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 a visiting teacher to SFZC’s Branching Streams sanghas. Before taking up the 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 thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.

Details to Consider

Please try to arrive by 9:45 am to register and settle in.
Wear comfortable clothing, bring a covered mug or water bottle, bag lunch and your personal cushion if you have one.
Chairs and cushions will be available at the retreat, as well as tea and hot water.
In the spirit of doing no harm, we ask that you refrain from using scented products that may affect others. The Dharma Center is wheelchair accessible.
SBMG hosts teachers from all Buddhist traditions at weekly meetings and monthly daylong retreats. All have been welcome since 1991. SBMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Please contact registrar if you have any questions.

"Dana" is the Pali word for generosity and is the first paramita in Buddhism. You will be invited to give an additional teacher donation on the day of the retreat to thank and honor the teacher yourself as these teachings are priceless.