Victoria Austin began practicing meditation in 1971. She ordained as a Zen Priest at in 1982 at the same time as Gil, in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She received Dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman. She is formerly the tanto (Head of Practice) at Tassajara, and is currently the President of San Francisco Zen Center. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher who trains regularly in India and in the U.S.